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Regional Category Manager

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Date: Feb 19, 2021

Location: Singapore, SG

Company: AkzoNobel

Key Accountabilities

  • 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 Contingent Labour (most important), HR Services, Travel, Car Leases, IT and Professional 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:
    • Achieve significant cost reductions whilst maintaining or improving product and/or service quality levels
    • Structure more effective and efficient buying channels
    • Improve payment terms
    • 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.



  • 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.

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



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.