Sourcing Specialist Logistics - South Asia

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Date: Jan 19, 2023

Location: Ho Chi Minh, VN

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

This position is responsible for AN'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 ALPS Source processes, such as:
• Deploying applicable local/regional sourcing strategies or contributing to global sourcing strategies definition (global SSMs) as the local/regional sourcing representative,
• Supplier selection, negotiation and QDCIS 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 Logistics teams (supplier innovation pipeline optimization, contribution to new service introduction support, VE projects generation)
• Developing a rich pipeline of Logistics TCO reduction projects per AN 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 (Eg. IBP, NPI, CM management, regional procurement programs and reviews)
• 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
• Ensure suppliers under category are aligned with AkzoNobel sustainability ambitions

Key Activities

Work with:
• Regional or Cluster logistics Managers
• BU Supply Chain Managers
• Regional Procurement Managers
• Supplier Representatives and Management


• 5 years in a procurement, supply chain, purchasing, or sourcing function with relevant experience in negotiating and managing suppliers.

• Strong MS Office, MRP (Eg. 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
Behavioral skills / Key Competencies
• Performance driven
• Good communication and influencing skills
• Ability to perform, understand and present detailed information analysis and evaluation
• Problem Solving Solution and action oriented
• Stakeholder Management Skills
• Creativity, Innovation and an eye for opportunities


• Degree in Supply Chain or other relevant discipline or equivalent qualification

AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. 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 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.


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Requisition ID: 28077