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Regional Category Manager, Real Estate & Facilities Management Services

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Date: Jun 3, 2021

Location: Singapore, SG

Company: AkzoNobel

Job Purpose

•The Regional Category Manager is responsible for executing global category strategies in their geographic responsibility under the stewardship of the relevant Global Category Manager
•Categories under management will include office and land leases, services related to fit-outs and reinstatements and facilities management services
•The candidate is expected to formulate regional category strategies based on the global category strategies, regional and local Business Units and Functional requirements, supply base and market conditions.
•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 to category management, the candidate is expected to perform critical sourcing projects above €50k.
•Other responsibilities will include the following:
      o Achieve significant cost reductions whilst maintaining or improving product and/or service quality levels
      o Structure more effective and efficient buying channels
      o Improve payment terms
      o Reduce supply base complexity
•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.
•The role will also have responsibilities to guide junior procurement team members in Indirect Sourcing Specialists and Purchase-to-Pay officers.
•Fluent English language skills are essential, local language capabilities are a plus

Key Accountabilities

  1. Create/Update Regional Category Strategies
  2. Perform spend analysis and suggest projects to consolidate suppliers
  3. Execute high-value (>€100k) sourcing projects
  4. Prepare business cases supporting sourcing recommendations including competitive bidding, negotiating, analyzing data and market trends
  5. Negotiate and contract effectively with suppliers
  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


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.


Functional Skills:
•Strong Procurement skills
•Capable of implement 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 Procurement and negotiation skills



Qualifications/ Education:

  • BSc or equivalent work experience
  • Procurement accreditation will be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills are a must
  • Minimum 8-10 years experience in procurement, preferably in the same categories as seek.
  • Fluent in English is mandatory, both written and spoken, ability to speak in local languages will be a plus.


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