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PhD Careers Forum Imperial College 29 January 2009. Our Brief. ‘It is envisaged that the panel member will give a very brief 10 minute outline of their experiences as a PhD recruit, why they chose their career area and where they see themselves in the future.’ Imperial College. Agenda.

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Phd careers forum imperial college 29 january 2009

PhD Careers ForumImperial College29 January 2009


Our brief
Our Brief

  • ‘It is envisaged that the panel member will give a very brief 10 minute outline of their experiences as a PhD recruit, why they chose their career area and where they see themselves in the future.’

  • Imperial College


Agenda
Agenda

  • Who are we?

  • Working in the chemical industry

    • Research and Development

    • Why I choose to work for AkzoNobel

    • My career map so far and what I want to do in the future

  • Opportunities at AkzoNobel



Who are we1
Who are we?

  • Simon Aldersley

  • Technical Manager, R&D

  • Jennifer Stephen

  • R&D Graduate

  • Nikki Strickland

  • Project Team Leader, R&D


Akzonobel at a glance
AkzoNobel – at a glance

  • The largest global paints and coatings company

  • Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  • Pro forma 2007 revenue totaled €14.4 bln

  • AkzoNobel is split into four Business Units: Decorative Paints, Performance Coatings, Specialty Chemicals and Services Business

  • Currently employ around 60,000 people, with operating subsidiaries in more than 80 countries

  • Global Fortune 500 company

  • Chemicals Industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  • Listed on Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange

  • Significant UK sites (including R&D) in Felling & Slough



Working at akzonobel research development
Working at AkzoNobelResearch & Development


Why did i choose ici
Why did I choose ICI?

  • I always wanted a technical career but pharmaceutical industry never appealed

  • Went to a session like this at Durham where ICI presented and put in an application afterwards

  • At assessment centre I preferred the feel of ICI to other organisations that I was applying to

    • I wouldn’t still be here after seven years if I wasn’t enjoying it!


My experiences as a phd recruit
My Experiences As a PhD Recruit

  • 2002 : Joined ICI after finishing PhD at Durham

  • 2002 – 2004 : Two years on graduate training programme

  • 2004 – 2006 : Project Leader in Paints

  • 2006 – 2008 : Laboratory Manager for Woodcare

  • 2008 to date : Technical Manager Trim/Woodcare



My career ambitions
My Career Ambitions

  • I would quite like my bosses job in the next 5-10 years

and his car:


Why i like working at akzonobel
Why I like working at AkzoNobel

  • Good opportunities for progression

  • Mixture of my scientific skills and business

  • Halfway house between FMCG and Industrial company

  • Variety of work

  • Tangible outcome to work

‘You know you have a proper job if you have to wear both a suit and a hard hat at work, preferably at the same time.’

Alistair Leach



Opportunities at akzonobel1
Opportunities at AkzoNobel

At AkzoNobel we have a number of undergraduate and graduate opportunities across various different disciplines.

Opportunities range from:

  • Customer Business Development • Sales

  • Marketing • Finance • HR • IT

  • Purchasing • Research & Development

  • Engineering for Manufacturing • Supply Chain

    More details on www.akzonobel.com/graduates


Application selection process
Application & selection process

  • 1. On-line application form via www.akzonobel.com/graduates

  • by February 14th

  • 2. Telephone Interview

  • 3. Face to Face Interviews

  • Competency Based Interview with HR Representative

  • Technical Interview with R&D Manager

  • 4. Assessment Centre



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