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Date: Aug 31, 2021

Location: Barcelona, ES

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


  • Analyse and define the value chain network and define and initiate required business improvements to drive operational performance (service and costs)
  • Drive Supply Chain improvements in Business projects / Lighthouse and M&A
  • Secure that customer service offers are defined and secured in the end to end supply chain
  • Optimize supply chain performance and balance inventory, lot-sizes, lead-time etc
  • Masterdata support / maintenance for planning teams
  • Manage commercialization activities for NPI and sourcing allocations

Key Accountabilities


Within the value stream network:

  • Work on the continuous supply chain assessment and benchmarking to identify business improvement opportunities, including end to end value stream mapping.
  • Analyse and define business improvements and projects to optimize end to end supply chain performance in OTIF, Cost to serve and working capital (inventory, payables, receivables).
  • Customer service offer preparation and the translation into replenishment models
  • Examples: optimize usage of distribution network and interaction between customer service and planning, e-commerce, route to market, lot sizes, truck rates
  • Support delivering BU supply chain KPIs in the region.
  • Provide support to assist the BU Supply Chain Manager when issues are raised
  • Work with the regional planning teams and liaise with the central Master Data teams and System Support Experts on the master data update to ensure ERP system runs accurately

Commercialization activities

  • Responsible for management of NPI's into the Supply Chain - BOM's, Artwork management, master data, overall project plan, trial coordination, factory acceptance
  • Leads preparation of Buy vs MAKE decisions and capital investment requests for approved NPI activities
  • Works closely with planning and manufacturing functions, to ensure innovations are timely and cost efficiently introduced into the markets
  • Is Supply Chain approver on regional gates and leader of sourcing board to determine where NPI and major changes will be supplied from
  • Executes product costing and include options for the marketing teams as part of the overall NPI stage-gate process
  • Leads projects for compliance, cost savings, complexity reduction
  • Performs network modelling to support sourcing decisions and complexity impact analysis
  • Takes care of third-party manufacturing sourcing and contracting
  • Works closely with Technical / RD&I, Marketing and Commercial functions to ensures speed to market in new production introductions, via the Stage Gate process

Participates and contributes to the related IBP Product Management Review process



  1. At least 8 years in Supply Chain function; strong experience in operations, planning and good hands on exposure to IT/ERP related projects
  2. Master degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Operations Management, Science or Engineering
  3. Apics certified
  4. Strong knowledge and experience with SAP preferred.
  5. Strong project management skills and deadline accountability.
  6. Functional excellence & credibility to drive the organization forward.
  7. Ability to operate effectively across different cultures and functions.
  8. Good communication skills, strong command in English.
  9. Awareness and compliance with general HSE requirements
  10. Ability to travel 15-25% of time. Position based around Europe.


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

Requisition ID: 11274