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Indirect Sourcing Specialist

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Date: Jan 14, 2021

Location: Pune, IN

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 is a generalist Procurement role covering all category areas of Indirect Procurement
  • The Indirect Sourcing Specialist collaborates with both Global and Regional Indirect Category Managers, business stakeholders and P2I teams to initially deliver the 15% ROS objective by 2020, along with longer term commercial benefits within their geographic responsibility. They do so by achieving significant cost reductions whilst maintaining or improving product and/or service quality levels. 
  • The Indirect Sourcing Specialist is responsible for executing global and regional category strategies in their geographic responsibility under the stewardship of the relevant Global or Regional Category Manager
  • The position is responsible for the delivery of Commercial Procurement support for Statement of Work (SoW) requirements between €15 - €50k their geographical responsibility and Procurement activities requiring specific local intervention for general requests and Capex requests up to € 250k
  • The role is required to ‘prevent spend leakage’ by reducing supplier base complexity and finalizing agreements/contracts to reduce spot buying and increase use of preferred suppliers.

In addition, the role is expected to bring knowledge in Category driven improvement projects such as complex tenders, contract support, and other special assignments

Key Accountabilities


  1. Be able to do spend analysis and suggest projects to consolidate suppliers
  2. Execute medium-value (€15-€50k) sourcing projects
  3. Execute some high value and high complexity (>€50k) sourcing projects with Category Manager stewardship e.g. Capex requests
  4. Prepare business cases supporting sourcing recommendations including competitive bidding, negotiating, analyzing data and market trends
  5. Provide contract management and interface with Legal department
  6. Able to interact with multiple stakeholders in local country or cluster of countries on development of procurement business cases as well as policy development and conformance
  7. Acting as the sourcing interface between P2I and NPR Procurement organization for escalation issues

Key Activities

General Skills:

  • Good communication, presenting and interpersonal skills, problem solving, project management, team working/building.
  • Problem Solving – Gathers and analyzes information skillfully and provide solutions in complex situations.
  • Communication – Ability to take complex data and translate it simply
  • 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.




Qualifications/ Education:

  • BSc or equivalent work experience
  • Procurement accreditation will be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills are a must
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a national purchasing role with an international understanding
  • Fluent in English and local country language is mandatory, both written and spoken


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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Requisition ID: 7868