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    Sourcing Specialist NW Europe - Logistics

    Date: Dec 23, 2020

    Location: Sassenheim, NL

    Company: 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 are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

    Job Purpose

    We are having 2 openings for a Sourcing Specialist Logistics: 1 for NW Europe located in Sassenheim Netherlands and 1 for SE Europe & MEA located preferably in Barcelona Spain.

    This position is responsible for AkzoNobel's logistics sourcing and category management for a selection of sub-categories in a geographical area (country, sub-region, region), including sourcing strategies deployment, spend management, supplier base management and performance improvement, ensuring lowest TCO level, and providing regional or logistics sub-category market and supplier management expertise to AkzoNobel to ensure uninterrupted and timely supply against optimum & benchmarked costs based on agreed business requirements.

    Key Accountabilities

    Implementing sourcing activities in the assigned geographical area or sub-category in alignment with the global category’s objectives and Source processes, such as:

    • Deploying applicable local/regional sourcing strategies or contributing to global sourcing strategies definition as the local/regional sourcing representative
    • Supplier selection, negotiation and improvement for his/her portfolio
    • Responsible for the supplier relationship management in his/her area of responsibility, ensuring mutually beneficial supplier relationships and collaboration at all organizational levels
    • Responsible for contract management: contract development, approval, implementation and maintenance
    • Acting as key-interface between sourcing and regional RD&I teams (supplier innovation pipeline optimization, contribution to New Product Introduction support, VE projects generation)
    • Developing a rich pipeline of Logistics TCO reduction projects per AkzoNobel Sourcing Financial objectives, and drive project maturing until execution by regional logistics team(s)
    • Local/Regional logistics markets expertise, monitoring and forecasting; including insights and forecasting as required by budgeting/forecasting/reporting processes, and translation of new developments/concepts from the market into new opportunities Managing supply risk for his/her area, and supporting escalated supply issues resolution
    • Upon assignment by the Sourcing Director: KSM for key global supplier(s) based in his/her geographical area of responsibility; global category management of a subcategory
    • Represent the global category in regional cross-functional forums and programs
    • Benchmarking current and future pricing, maintaining up to date cost models
    • Become the recognized specialist / category manager for a specific logistics mode/sub-category concentrated in his/her region, coordinating best practice within the region and across other regions

    Experience & Qualifications

    • 5 years in a procurement, supply chain, purchasing, or sourcing function with relevant experience in negotiating and managing suppliers
    • Degree in Supply Chain or other relevant discipline or equivalent qualification
    • Strong MS Office, ERP system (SAP). Experience in Sourcing optimization applications (eg Coupa) is advantageous
    • Relevant experience in negotiating, contracting and managing Logistics in different parts of the region and the different sub-segments of Logistics (Transport – Road / Sea / Air / Expedite & Warehousing)
    • Experience in deploying sourcing strategies and integrating into supplier strategies is a plus
    • Must have a strong command and understanding of fundamental analytical techniques, and ability to accurately draw conclusions and interpret data. Six Sigma certification is a plus
    • Proven success in driving supplier cost, quality and delivery performance improvement programs
    • Understanding of the regional logistics category, suppliers, cost drivers, market trends and technologies
    • Experience in defining and executing supply chain / sourcing strategies
    • Relevant international and cross-cultural management experience

    Become part of an outstanding company

    AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:
    • a competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays;
    • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan;
    • travel expenses to and from work
    • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role

    More information and how to apply

    We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Jan-Kees Stout, Senior Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 (0)615098839

    An employment screening may be part of the selection process.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

    Requisition ID: 7372

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