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Procurement Specialist

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Date: Apr 22, 2021

Location: High Point, NC, US

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

The Procurement Specialist executes the sourcing strategy at local level and is the interface with local suppliers and sites.  This person is the key procurement interface with local stakeholders and act as first escalation interface to handle local supplier issues.  This person will also drive local change management and continuous improvements projects to improve suppliers’ QDCIS performances. The Procurement Specialist also manages local, plant specific suppliers.

Key Responsibilities

• Is responsible for the local delivery of sourcing strategy
• Contributes to regional or global sourcing strategies with local requirements
• Is responsible for commercial negotiations only if delegated by a Sourcing Director
• Is key-interface with local stakeholders at site; Supply Chain, RD&I, Local Business
• Acts as the first escalation interface to handle local supplier issues
• Drives the local change management which regards to QDCIS projects, supports and drives Value Engineering savings projects locally. Drives Material cost reduction initiatives locally
• Manages local, plant specific suppliers
• Contributes to and leads local continuous improvement/ ALPS projects



Examples of Responsibilities
• Ensure that the suppliers selected in sourcing strategies are used locally at the best commercial condition. Reach out to the sourcing organization, ensure prices are timely updated, secure delivery when supply market is tight
• Balance local requirements versus AkzoNobel sourcing strategy: optimize stock level, lead time, provide forecast if material are very tight.

Job Requirements

• Bachelor's required in relatable field  (Master preferred)
• Successful, multi-year track record in Procurement and Supplier Management Technical

Additional Skills

• Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills
• Good planning/project management skills
• Local language and good command of English
• Good negotiation skills
• Superior communication; interpersonal skills
• Passion for reducing costs
• Distinctive leadership
• Comfortable with conflict
• Able to work in a dual reporting matrix
• Able to get buy-in and commitment from both internal and external stakeholders



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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 8814 



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