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Date: Feb 5, 2021

Location: Nashville, TN, 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 Country Buyer collaborates with both Global and Regional Indirect Category Managers, business stakeholders and Procurement 2 Invoice (P2I) teams to deliver short- and long-term commercial benefits within their geographic responsibility. You will do so by achieving significant cost reductions whilst maintaining or improving product and/or service quality levels. The Buyer is a generalist procurement role covering all category areas of Indirect Procurement for North America totaling >200€ in annual spend. The Country Buyer is responsible for executing global and regional category strategies in their geographic responsibility under the stewardship of the relevant Global or Regional Category Manager. In this role you will use sourcing knowledge to support Global and Regional Category Managers in implementing the global and regional strategies for the categories by doing projects and RFPs (request for proposal) with medium-value sub-categories/suppliers. This position requires an individual with a strong background in Indirect Procurement, stakeholder management, supplier management, contract management, excellent communication skills, as well the ability to deliver significant sustainable business results and being an ambassador of a cultural change. Experience in risk management in procurement area will be an asset.

  • Responsible for the delivery of Commercial Procurement support for Statement of Work (SoW) requirements between €15 - €100k for their geographical responsibility and Procurement activities requiring specific local intervention for general requests and Capex requests up to € 250k
  • Able to ‘prevent spend leakage’ by reducing supplier base complexity and finalizing agreements/contracts to reduce spot buying and increase use of preferred suppliers.
  • Expected to bring knowledge in Category driven improvement projects such as complex tenders, contract support, and other special assignments.

This role will be based with our Procurement team in Nashville, you may provide support to businesses outside of North America language skills in Spanish &/or Portuguese is desirable.

Key Accountabilities

  • Be able to do spend analysis and suggest projects to consolidate suppliers
  • Execute medium-value (€15-€100k) sourcing projects 
  • Execute some high value and high complexity (>€100k) sourcing projects with Category Manager stewardship e.g. Capex requests
  • Prepare business cases supporting sourcing recommendations including competitive bidding, negotiating, analyzing data and market trends 
  • Provide contract management and interface with Legal department
  • Able to interact with multiple stakeholders in regional cluster of countries on development of procurement business cases as well as  policy development and conformance
  • Act as the sourcing interface between P2I and NPR Procurement organization for escalation issues

Qualifications & Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business or related field or equivalent work experience ; Master’s Degree and/or Procurement accreditation will be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a national purchasing role with an international understanding
  • Fluency in English required with language proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese desirable 
  • Comfortable working in a matrix organization structure


Functional Skills:

  • Strong Procurement skills
  • Capable of implementing purchasing projects/contracts 
  • Ability to perform, understand and present detailed information analysis and evaluation
  • Flexible and agile, stress resistant
  • Interest in international business cultures
  • Excellent personal integrity and ethical and moral standards
  • Mature negotiation and contract analysis skills

General Skills:

  • Good communication, presenting and interpersonal skills, problem solving, project management, team working/building

Problem Solving – Gathers and analyzes information skillfully and provides solutions in complex situations
Communication – Ability to take complex data and translate it into a simple message to stakeholders
Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibilities and takes accountability for actions
Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks
Initiative – Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; recognize, initiate projects, prepare cost analysis and lead from implementation to conclusion; asks for and offers help when needed

Work Environment

Work environment

  • Working in a matrix structure – local (in major), regional and global environment. Able to manage multiple local or cluster stakeholders in different levels of the organization where objective needs to be aligned across stakeholders (business, finance, procurement) to realize overall company targets.

Work content

  • Being able to be independent and highlight key areas of potential cost savings, as well as maintain good supplier relationships to constantly get better terms in negotiations


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: 7960


Nearest Major Market: Nashville