Sourcing Specialist - Solvent and Distributor Chemicals South Asia

Date: Apr 20, 2022

Location: Sunshine, AU

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 AkzoNobel's Solvent & Distributor Chemical raw material sourcing and category management for a selection of sub-categories in SESA area, including sourcing strategies deployment, spend management, supplier base management and performance improvement, ensuring lowest TCO level, providing raw material market expertise, and ensuring security supply.

Total annual spending over 62M Euro / 450+ suppliers across 8 countries

The location for this role is flexible and may be based out of Singapore ,India, Vietnam or Thailand for the right candidate.

Key Accountabilities

Implementing sourcing activities in the assigned geographical area in alignment with the global category’s objectives and ALPS Source processes, such as:

  • Develop & contribute to the strategy and planning of activities within region. Analyzes current sourcing strategies and propose improvements,
  • Formulates regional strategy and budget in consultation and interaction with relevant BU regional stakeholders, functions, spend area managers;
  • 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 PR TCO reduction projects per BU business plan, and drive project maturing until execution by regional procurement
  • Provides solid market information for decision taking. Ensures collection and analyzing of key cost drivers, market dynamics and issues, areas for innovation and alternative suppliers within the region
  • 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, CM management, regional procurement programs and reviews)

Key Activities

Per Sourcing & Procurement authorization schedule

Authorized to negotiate and contract directly with all suppliers of his/her assigned portfolio of subcategories on behalf of the company


3-5 years in a procurement, supply chain, purchasing, or sourcing function with relevant experience in negotiating and managing suppliers.

Demonstrated and extensive experience in MS Office, MRP (Eg. SAP) and/or Advanced procurement management applications (eg Ariba)

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.

Good communication and influencing skills

Ability to perform, understand and present detailed information analysis and evaluation

Good problem solving skills and action oriented

Must have stakeholder Management Skills


Bachelor Degree in Chemical, Engineering or Business management.


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

Requisition ID: 21088