Global Procurement Category Manager IT

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Date: May 4, 2023

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

The position is about creating opportunities for AkzoNobel for spend optimization through applying procurement insights and best practices. Contracts agreed upon should reflect these opportunities.


  • Deliver contribution to the execution of overall category strategy and drive results in line with the strategy: 
    • Responsible for a subcategory, with a total expected spend of up to € 100M
    • Challenge stakeholders on the status quo in order to identify new opportunities 
    • Agree actions with internal stakeholders to realize cost savings and/ or avoidance, payment term improvements, master data improvements, drive the use of catalogs, spend consolidation
    • Apply the latest market insights in developing a subcategory strategy
    • Realize objectives in line with (sub-)category strategy 
  • Act as a key account manager for selected suppliers in the (sub-) category
  • Develop suitable contract templates in co-operation with Legal and stakeholders
  • Routinely develop deep market understanding and benchmarking for the industry 
  • Ensure that performance KPI’s are a correct representation of reality 
  • Execute (electronic) RfP processes
  • Negotiate contracts and manage supplier performance in co-operation with the business
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders; key stakeholders are functional leaders, as well as procurement peers in the regions
  • Promote adoption of post-Next Step new way of working through identifying opportunities for guided buying and support projects during role out
  • Be an ambassador for process adherence throughout the whole company in line with policies & procedures

About you:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; MBA or equivalent work experience desired
  • At least 10 years in an international purchasing or commercial role; at least 3 years experience in the applicable category
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Good category expertise and sourcing/procurement experience and proven track record in Supplier and Contract Management
  • Excellent communicator with different management layers in different functions (Operations, Procurement) and in different parts of the company (BU, GBS)
  • Influencer who can drive category strategies, develop pricing models, and creates impact across all levels of an organization
  • Project management and change management experience (experience in Continuous Improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma is a plus)
  • Thinker and Do’er: understand the big picture & integration points; take personal accountability and ownership of tasks and deliver results
  • Ability to build relationships across the organization and all geographic regions 
  • Quick learner; absorbs information and concepts quickly
  • Procurement accreditations (e.g. CPM/APICS) desirable

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.
We offer great personal development opportunities and roles with breadth, depth of scope and impact.


We also offer comprehensive packages including:

  • Competitive Salary
  • STI Bonus
  • 30 Days’ vacation
  • Hybrid working
  • AkzoNobel pension plan


At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 29293