Process Technology Strategic Research Group Leader in Deventer, The Netherlands
Hi. My name is Jacqueline Oonincx. I work for Research, Development & Innovation in Deventer, the Netherlands. I joined AkzoNobel back in 1987 as a research assistant working on paint technology, crystallization, mixing and modeling and stayed there until 1991. During that time, I combined my work with a part-time MSc in chemical technology at Twente University here in the Netherlands, specializing in the modeling of emulsion polymerization reactors.
Over the last 25 years, I have held a number of positions and have been involved in a broad spectrum of projects ranging from chlorine membrane electrolysis plants, to account management, to feasibility and R&D projects for our Industrial Chemicals business, where I was involved in the development of alkaline fuel cells and remote-controlled chlorine plants. In that time, I have built up expertise in all the facets of process engineering from design to start-ups, and I’ve learned management and people skills through a hands-on approach to the job.
It’s a career path that has prepared me well for the position I hold today and has enabled me to combine my job as head of a team of 35 people from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities with my other role as the representative of the 300-strong RDI community in Deventer. Without a doubt, it’s something I don’t think I would have been able to do 25 years ago. In that respect, I think AkzoNobel has helped me ‘manage’ by career in a very natural and effective way and given me every opportunity to develop in both my area of expertise and as a manager.
But I don’t think it’s been all work and no play. My big passion outside my work is training my two border collies to take part in agility dog sports, a sport that is growing in popularity. I’ve also made a niche for myself as a trainer and coach in the sport. It provides the perfect foil to the work I do at AkzoNobel and is an ideal way for me to express my creativity in a completely different world.