Indirect Procurement Buyer to International Company

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Date: 15-May-2023

Location: Malmö, SE

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel supplies sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. That’s why everything we do starts with People. Planet. Paint. Our world class portfolio of brands – including International, Interpon, Nordsjö and Sikkens – are 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 a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations. 


As procurement professional with indirect purchasing experience, ideally with an international understanding, you are ready to take your career to the next level. We are now recruiting an Indirect Procurement Buyer to oversee the buying process primarily for our marketing, sales, maintenance, investment and HR functions.

Why should you work at AkzoNobel? 
With us at AkzoNobel, you are met by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where we work together with a focus on innovation and sustainability, to achieve the goal of being a world leader in the colour industry. Diversity enriches our workplaces, and we work actively together with our employees to make them feel comfortable and develop. We work strategically to become a better employer. This results, among other things, in that we are appointed to one of Sweden's Career Companies and have received Top Employer certification 2023. We offer you an international working environment where you get to take on rewarding and challenging tasks that broaden your horizons and develop you in your role. You will work with competent and like-minded colleagues who share your attitude and enthusiasm. Welcome to us!

What you will do?
As Indirect Procurement Buyer you will be responsible for the procurement of goods and services at AkzoNobel, and belong to our EMEA Indirect Procurement team. You will be the liaison point between country stakeholders, global and regional category managers, digital procurement and Global Business Services. You will execute the strategy at country level and lead local sourcing activities in close collaboration with regional and global teams. Your main responsibilities are:

•    Source, support & facilitate the acquisition of goods & services
•    Create & maintain relevant data for seamless execution of buying process
•    Ensure commercial contracts are executed in compliance with Company policy
•    Review spends to identify & drive opportunities for cost reduction, supplier consolidation, payment term harmonisation, contract coverage & catalogue expansion
•    Manage tenders and negotiations <50K€
•    Collaborate with colleagues within the country/ cluster of countries to understand potential challenges & business requirements to be addressed
•    Support Coupa Procurement tool implementation Project 
•    Support & head local procurement projects when needed


You have great opportunities to contribute and influence your work, and there is much in-house to offer in AkzoNobel. We are advocates of a healthy work life balance and mental wellbeing. We are happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles and offer hybrid workplace.


This is a permanent position starting as soon as possible and you will be placed at our site just outside Malmö, Sweden. You will report directly to the Indirect Procurement Manager EMEA.

Who you are?
As a person you are highly analytical, confident with excellent communication skills at all levels. Also you have great networking skills with different stakeholders across several functions. You enjoy a collaborative working environment where supporting colleagues is key. You enjoy a high pace international environment and have an easy time adapting to new situations that arise. You are good at resolving problems and prioritising activities. In addition, you enjoy taking the initiative and performing with high quality.


To be successful in this position it is preferable that you have a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business or related field. Previous experience in Purchasing / Procurement is also an advantage. You could be newly graduated. In order for you to develop in this role, you need to feel confident working in different IT systems and feel comfortable working with both figures and Excel. We are using SAP, MS Office and Teams, among others. Since you work in an international arena you must be fluent in English and Swedish, both written and spoken. 

Your application 
We welcome people from all different backgrounds who see sustainability, safety and innovation as important principles. If you have a passion for paint, take the plunge and submit your application already today for your chance to work together with us! 


Since the manager is English speaking please write your application in English, others will be rejected. We do not accept applications via email or phone. We review the applications continuously. 


For further information about the role, please contact, Vibona Som Bonnard, Indirect Procurement Manager EMEA,

For more information about the recruitment process, please contact Christina Borin, Talent Acquisition Lead,