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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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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
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