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Netherlands, ., Amsterdam

Business unit: Finance, IM and GBS

About AkzoNobel
AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect. For more information please visit

Job Purpose
About the Company

At AkzoNobel, we create everyday essentials to make people’s lives more livable and inspiring. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and we are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers.
About Global Business Services (GBS)

GBS drives functional excellence by continuously improving and innovating the way we execute our business processes. We are driven by the belief that an excellent service delivery model is essential to business growth. Our overall objective is to improve the quality of our services, reduce costs and give back time to our business so that they can focus more on our customers, growing their business and innovation. We do that by improving the process, cost, quality and cycle time with transparency and excellent customer service. We currently provide Services in the domains of: People (HR), IM, Finance, Procurement Sourcing and Real Estate & Facility Management. GBS already has a strong culture of continuous improvement and talent development, but to strengthen our capabilities, projects will be initiated and executed in various areas on an ongoing basis. Furthermore, GBS aligns with any existing functional transformations, and we are a strategic partner and synergy driver during mergers and acquisitions.

About the Project Management Office (PMO) department

The scope consists of a couple of dozen projects, mainly in the HR or Finance space with a total spend of several million. Our team is a mix of senior, medior and junior level Program/Transition/Project/Portfolio and Change managers. We all enjoy sharing our expertise and passion with others. For that reason and to bring in fresh talent and ideas, we would like to have more interns in our team. So please read the internship description below and let us know if you’re interested.

Key Accountabilities
Key Accountabilities and activities

  • Update the intranet page for PMO / transitions / projects
  • Store and clean up documents in the digital library
  • Process authorization requests
  • Responsible for organizing the reoccurring PMO project/ transitions sessions:
  • Support the project scheduler with gathering KPI’s from the project manager/ transition managers
  • Support the project scheduler to prepare meeting (booking of meeting rooms, writing an invitation, creating a distribution list, actions/ minutes, etc.)
  • Facilitate in the presentation (storyline, agenda, slides)
  • Supporting in different projects and transitions:
  • Support a project manager/transition/change manager in projects and transitions:
  • Create/perform/analyze project management overviews
  • Assist with continuous improvement of current project/ transition/change processes.
  • Supporting in general administration of PMO:
  • Assist with verifying the invoices and processing of invoices on a weekly basis
  • Handling team mailbox and queries
  • Handling administrative on/off-boarding hires of PMO and OCM globally


Key Objectives

  • Responsible for maintaining parts of the PMO intranet page
  • Responsible for organizing the reoccurring PMO projects/ transitions sessions
  • Supporting in general administration ofWho can apply?
  • The internship is open for 3rd year Bachelor or Master students that are enrolled at a university in The Netherlands. A background in Business Administration, Economy, Computer Science or International Relations would be preferred.
  • Further requirements for this internship:
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken
  • Digital administrative skills
  • Adaptability to new technologies
  • Initiative, energetic and communication skills
  • Willingness to develop and learn

Please be aware that this is an internship for the project management office with the duration of 6 month and possible extension.

Application details
As part of your application, please supply:

  • CV
  • higher education grade list (including results of not yet finished degrees)
  • letter in which you motivate your application

Only candidates who have supplied these three documents will be considered.

An employment screening and an online assessment may be part of the selection procedure.

The internship will start early January 2020 and will terminate end of June 2020.