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Buyer, 3rd Party Manufacturing (EMEA)

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Date: Feb 15, 2024

Location: Sassenheim, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities - and the environment - are increasingly relying on. 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 a pioneering paints company that's committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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Let's paint the picture of the role:

As a cross-BU professional at AkzoNobel, you will be tasked with sourcing a portion of the AN-branded, externally procured, or contract-manufactured paint-related finished products within the EMEA region, known as the 3rd Party Manufacturing (3PM) category. Your role will involve deploying category strategies, managing spend effectively, overseeing supplier relationships, and driving performance improvements to achieve the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) possible. Additionally, you will provide expertise on the 3PM market landscape and ensure the security of the supply chain to meet business needs. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability, as AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands.


  • Implement and perform Sourcing and Procurement activities in the assigned geographical area following category objectives and ALPS Source processes.
  • Deploy regional sourcing strategies or contribute to global strategies definition as the regional category representative.
  • Support all NPI, in/outsourcing projects, and transfers in line with sourcing decisions, AN strategy, and Procurement processes.
  • Select suppliers in alignment with managers and key stakeholders, negotiate, and improve QDCIS for the portfolio/supplier base.
  • Manage supplier relationships to ensure mutually beneficial collaboration at all organizational levels.
  • Negotiate best possible conditions for suppliers, develop pricelist models, and oversee their approval and implementation.
  • Handle contract management including development, approval, signing, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Serve as a key interface between Procurement, Sourcing, RD&I, Sales & Marketing, Planning, Manufacturing, and Commercialization.
  • Develop a pipeline of TCO reduction projects per AN Financial objectives and drive project execution.
  • Provide regional 3PM market expertise, map supplier opportunities for improved sourcing decisions, and translate market developments into new opportunities.
  • Manage supply risk and support resolution of escalated supply issues. Represent or support representation of the EMEA category in regional cross-functional forums and programs (e.g., IBP, NPI, CM management, regional procurement programs, and reviews).

What do you need to have to be successful in this role?

  • 5 years in a procurement, supply chain, purchasing, or sourcing function with relevant experience in negotiating and managing suppliers.
  • Bachelor Degree in Science, Engineering or Business management. Master's degree is a plus.
  • Strong MS Office, MRP (Eg. SAP) and/or Advanced procurement management applications (Eg. CLM, Coupa)
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate performance-driven behavior, superior communication, and influencing skills, along with the ability to understand and present detailed information analysis and evaluations.
  • Exhibit problem-solving and action-oriented capabilities, effective stakeholder management, distinctive leadership qualities, creativity, innovation, and an eye for opportunities. Comfortably manage multitasking, conflict, and pressure.
  • Possess fluency in the local language and a strong command of English; proficiency in German is advantageous

What do we offer in return?

It's a two-way street. This means that we offer not only a competitive salary but also believe in a healthy work-life balance.
- Above average number of annual holidays (46 days' off)
- Participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan.
- Fixed bonus
- Travel expenses to and from work.
- Opportunities for ongoing education and professional development.
- Hybrid way of working (60/40).
- Being part of events and networking platforms.
- Paint with a discount.

We aim to create a sense of belonging, where everyone can share their diverse backgrounds, participate in events, and connect through networking platforms.

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If you have questions about the role or interview process, please contact Amy ,

Salaris:onbekend – onbekend
Uren per week:1 – 40

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