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Regional Sourcing Manager - Logistics North America

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Date: 09-Jun-2021

Location: Nashville, TN

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

This management role, Regional Sourcing Manager - Logistics, North America is responsible for AkzoNobel’s regional logistics sourcing (including strategy, supplier selection and relationship management), as well as spend management (business awarding, contracting, risk management, QDCIS improvement) including transport, warehousing and 4PL where applicable, and providing regional logistics market and supplier management expertise to AkzoNobel to ensure uninterrupted and timely supply against optimum & benchmarked costs based on agreed business requirements.

The Regional Sourcing Manager will collaborate with the following internal colleagues: 
- Global Logistics Managers & Director
- Integrated Supply Chain Logistics Managers (Regional Logistics, Cluster, CI and Country)
- Regional / Business Unit Supply Chain Directors
- Regional Procurement Directors
- Regional PMO and ALPs Leads
- Senior management of the logistics top suppliers

Key Accountabilities

Responsible for the development and deployment of sourcing activities regionally in alignment with AkzoNobel’s objectives and ALPS Source, such as:

  • Responsible for commercial activities with AN’s suppliers including contract negotiation, management, development, approval, implementation and maintenance
  • Creating and deploying applicable regional sourcing strategies (regional SSMs) per the category roadmap; Contributing to global sourcing strategies definition (global SSMs) as regional representative and/or as a category expert

Responsible for the spend management of all logistics spend purchased by AkzoNobel in his/her region, including: 

  • Responsible for world-class supplier relationship management of key suppliers in his/her portfolio, directly managing top suppliers for his/her area of responsibility
  • Developing and implementing Procurement Excellence within his/her area of responsibility
  • Supplier selection and QDCIS improvement
  • Developing a rich pipeline of cost reduction projects per AN Sourcing Financial objectives, and drive project maturing until execution by global logistics or regional teams
  • Supply risk mitigation and management
  • Delegating to regional procurement/logistics specialists applicable spend

Upon assignment by the Sourcing Director: Key Stakeholder Management for key global supplier(s) based in the region:

  • Regular KPI and financial result reporting 
  • To provide AkzoNobel with logistics market expertise, including insights and forecasting as required by budgeting/forecasting/reporting processes, and translation of new developments/concepts from the market into new opportunities
  • Benchmarking current and future pricing, maintaining up to date cost models
  • Become the recognized specialist / category manager for a specific logistics mode/category concentrated in his/her region, coordinating best practice within the region and across other regions
  • Acting as key-interface between sourcing, global and regional logistics teams
  • Driving standardization of contracts in collaboration with legal and logistics functions
  • Represent the global category in regional cross-functional forums and programs

Education & Experience

  • Degree in Supply Chain or other relevant discipline or equivalent qualification
  • Minimum 2 years of experience within a Dynamic Multi National BtB and/or BtC Supply Chain organization
  • 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 defining and executing supply chain / sourcing strategies
  • Proven success in driving supplier cost, quality and delivery performance improvement programs
  • Understanding of the regional logistics category, suppliers, market trends, cost drivers and technologies
  • Bilingual English / Spanish speaking, beneficial for support of business markets in Mexico

Behavioral skills / Key Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills with ability to influence and guide others
  • Professional communication skills (including written & spoken English language)
  • Stress resistance, flexible, problem solving attitude with a strong focus on results
  • Ability to work at various levels of the organization
  • Creativity and Innovation and an eye for opportunities 

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: 11770



Nearest Major Market: Nashville