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Sourcing Director, Global Category Engineering, Technical Goods and Services

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Date: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Amsterdam, 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

  • Leading globally the center lead decentralized Capex, Engineering and Technical Goods and Services Procurement team
  • Develop the sourcing strategy to underpin the Engineering strategy on standardization, harmonization and globalization of key equipment, their service and maintenance and spare parts management
  • Through (global) leverage achieve major cost reductions in procuring of equipment as well as managing Total Cost of ownership during the life cycle of the equipment
  • Sourcing, assessing and selecting suppliers that fit the AkzoNobel standards in Engineering, service, cost levels and sustainability and Code of Conduct requirements, including lower cost opportunity development challenging the traditional sources.
  • Key is stakeholder management at multiple levels throughout the Engineering and Maintenance departments at all levels of the organization (Global / Regional / Local)
  • Be a critical player in AR process for Capex including project pre-work /budgeting and project approach   
  • This position requires an individual with a strong background in procurement category management, excellent people management and communication skills, as well the ability to deliver significant sustainable business results and drive cultural change. It is essential that individual understands all elements of capex contracting.







Responsible for the development and deployment of sourcing activities globally in alignment with AN’s
objectives and ALPS Source, such as:
•Responsible for commercial activities with AN’s suppliers including contract negotiation, management,
development, approval, implementation and maintenance.
• To ensure sourcing excellence within his/her category sourcing organization (Including ALPS Sourcing
deployment and TWWB principles)
• To lead the company’s efforts for setting clear and compelling sourcing and supplier strategies,
including the following category management activities:
o Creation and maintenance of the category roadmap on a 1-3 yr basis to maximize value
creation and business needs fulfillment;
o Creation and deployment of the subcategories sourcing strategies (SSMs) globally
• Responsible for the spend management of 375M EUR in Capex and TG&S spend, managing both P&L
and Capex sourcing strategies, including: 
o World-Class Supplier relationship management for his/her category
o Supplier relationship management of top global key suppliers and supporting the regional
deployed procurement team to manage the other key suppliers
o Initiation and driving of Capex TCO reduction programs cross-functionally meeting AN
financial objectives in conjunction with Global Engineering
o Develop and cross functional implement a TG&S strategy jointly with ICS / Manufacturing
o Supply risk management
• To provide AkzoNobel’s with Capex (Engineering & Machinery) expertise, including insights and
forecasting as required by AR processes
• To manage a global team of Capex and TG&S sourcing managers / specialists.


  • Msc or MBA or equivalent work experience;
  • At least 10 years in an international Capex and TG&S purchasing or commercial role;
  • Fluent in English is mandatory, both written and spoken; any other language is a plus.
  • Procurement accreditations (e.g. CPM/APICS) desirable;
  • Strong leader who can drive category strategies, develop pricing models, and has
  • influence across all levels of an organization;
  • Good category expertise and sourcing/procurement experience and proven track record
  • in Supplier and Contract Management
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma is a plus;
  • Project management experience and change management is crucial
  • Excellent communicator with different management layers in different functions
  • (Finance, Procurement, IM) and in different parts of the company (BU, GBS and BPO);
  • Thinker and Do’er: understand the big picture & integration points; take personal
  • accountability and ownership of tasks and deliver results;
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and influential skills
  • Ability to build relationships across the organization and all geographic regions
  • Quick learner; absorbs information and concepts quickly.

Application details

We welcome your online application including a cover letter and resumé. Please note that applications via mail won't be taken into consideration. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to www.akzonobel.nl/careers, reference 7066 or use the ‘apply’ link. For further information, please contact Ashna Badal, Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2.

A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.
An online assessment 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: 7066