Sourcing Support Specialist

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Date: Nov 25, 2022

Location: Pune, IN

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

To support the NPR Directors and Category Managers (Global + Regional) in driving category strategies, performing data analytics, process compliance and supporting user(s) with the Sourcing and Procurement activities for the NPR (Non-Product Related - Indirect Materials) organization.

To collaborate with the global & regional leads across the different spend categories & local procurement teams, to align cross-functional objectives in order to realize cost savings across the company and sharing best practices across spend categories and regions. To liaise across other functional teams such as IM, Master Data, Business Analytics to deliver improvements across the various processes

To build and support the digital transformation journey across the sourcing and procurement function.

This position requires an individual with a strong background & understanding of the procurement and sourcing processes, data analytics, sourcing & procurement tools & technology, project management and the ability to independently drive & deliver sustainable business programs.

The role will be based out of the Akzonobel, GBS - Pune Location.

Key Accountabilities


  • Understand the Procurement systems (SAP, COUPA, Icertis); the Analytics & Reporting tools (SAP BI, Celonis, Power Bi) to support the stakeholders and improve user experience
  • Proficient in performing data analysis across the sourcing and procurement processes to enable the category manager with data across multiple dimensions


  • Act as an SME to provide guidance and support to users across the Sourcing and Procurement processes
  • Manage the collection of user requirements in driving projects and company initiatives
  • Use market knowledge and data analysis to identify saving opportunities and contribute to a future pipeline of opportunities that meet category specific targets
  • Ensure compliance with sourcing policies and procedures
  • Identify opportunities for continuous process & system improvements
  • Participate in professional development activities to keep abreast of current industry best practices and continuously improve professional skills and technical expertise
  • Provide tendering support to category managers (RFQ templates and release, quote receipts and comparison)


  • Degree in IT, Finance, Economics, SCM And/Or equivalent (Msc/Mba preferred)
  • Min 4 years of Experience in the Sourcing & Procurement function, knowledge of industry best practices and compliance requirements
  • Strong knowledge of procurement practices and sourcing/supply chain trends and dynamics
  • Experienced in using & supporting Sourcing & Procurement tools & products (Coupa, iCertis (preferred))
  • Highly experienced in data analytics and analysis of complex processes in the Sourcing and Procurement functions
  • Excellent problem solving and influencing skills
  • CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager)/APICS (Association for Production and Inventory Control) (an added plus)
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma (is a plus)
  • Excellent communicator with experience in engaging with different management levels across different functions (Finance, Procurement, IM)


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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: 26710