Sourcing Specialist - Logistics

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Date: Jan 28, 2023

Location: Sassenheim, NL

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

This position is responsible for AN's logistics sourcing and category management for a selection of sub-categories in a geographical area (country, sub-region, region), including sourcing strategies deployment, spend management, supplier base management and performance improvement, ensuring lowest TCO level, and providing regional or logistics sub-category market and supplier management expertise to AkzoNobel to ensure uninterrupted and timely supply against optimum & benchmarked costs based on agreed business requirements.




  • Deploying applicable local/regional sourcing strategies or contributing to global sourcing strategies definition (global SSMs) as the local/regional sourcing representative,
  • Supplier selection, negotiation and QDCIS improvement for his/her portfolio
  • Responsible for the supplier relationship management in his/her area of responsibility, ensuring mutually beneficial supplier relationships and collaboration at all organizational levels.
  • Responsible for contract management: contract development, approval, implementation and maintenance.
  • Acting as key-interface between sourcing and regional RD&I teams (supplier innovation pipeline optimization, contribution to New Product Introduction support, VE projects generation)
  • Developing a rich pipeline of Logistics TCO reduction projects per AN Sourcing Financial objectives, and drive project maturing until execution by regional logistics team(s)
  • Local/Regional logistics markets expertise, monitoring and forecasting; including insights and forecasting as required by budgeting/forecasting/reporting processes, and translation of new developments/concepts from the market into new opportunities Managing supply risk for his/her area, and supporting escalated supply issues resolution
  • Upon assignment by the Sourcing Director: KSM for key global supplier(s) based in his/her geographical area of responsibility; global category management of a subcategory
  • Represent the global category in regional cross-functional forums and programs (Eg. IBP, NPI, CM management, regional procurement programs and reviews)
  • Benchmarking current and future pricing, maintaining up to date cost models
  • Become the recognized specialist / category manager for a specific logistics mode/sub-category concentrated in his/her region, coordinating best practice within the region and across other regions

Work with:


  • Regional or Cluster logistics Managers
  • BU Supply Chain Managers
  • Regional Procurement Managers
  • Supplier Representatives and Management

What do you bring?

  • 5 years in a procurement, supply chain, purchasing, or sourcing function with relevant experience in negotiating and managing suppliers.
  • Degree in Supply Chain or other relevant discipline or equivalent qualification
  • Strong MS Office, MRP (Eg. SAP).  Experience in Sourcing optimization applications (eg Coupa) is advantageous
  • 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 deploying sourcing strategies and integrating into supplier strategies is a plus.
  • Must have a strong command and understanding of fundamental analytical techniques, and ability to accurately draw conclusions and interpret data. Six Sigma certification is a plus.
  • Proven success in driving supplier cost, quality and delivery performance improvement programs.
  • Understanding of the regional logistics category, suppliers, cost drivers, market trends and technologies
  • Experience in defining and executing supply chain / sourcing strategies
  • Relevant international and cross-cultural management experience


Behavioral skills / Key Competencies


  • Performance driven
  • Good communication and influencing skills
  • Ability to perform, understand and present detailed information analysis and evaluation
  • Problem Solving Solution and action oriented
  • Stakeholder Management Skills
  • Creativity, Innovation and an eye for opportunities

Become part of an outstanding company

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:


  • a competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays;
  • participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan; 
  • travel expenses to and from work;
  • opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role;
  • Fixed Bonus.\


We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and a cover letter will be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Beslic, Talent Acquisition Partner. Send an email to


The recruitment process includes a selection of the best applications received through the system, interview rounds and further steps. An online assessment might be part of the selection process.


An employment screening may be part of the selection process.

At AkzoNobel 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 our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 26097