Regional Procurement Manager,

United States, North Carolina, High Point

Business unit: Wood Coatings

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The Wood Coatings manufacturing site in High Point, NC has an outstanding opportunity for a passionate, experienced professional to assume the role of Regional Procurement Manager.
The Regional Procurement Manager (RPM) is a key member of the North American Management team, as well as, the global Procurement Management team within the Wood Coatings Strategic Market Unit (SMU). This individual will direct the regional procurement activities of the SMU and have an annual spend responsibility of close to $250mm in North and South America. As a member of the Procurement team, the RPM contributes to the execution of the strategy and achievement of the business goals and objectives by continuously improving cost, service, and quality for materials, services and/or equipment (PR and/or NPR) with focus on SMU managed spend. This individual will also provide input in cross-functional processes for complexity reduction, value engineering, and innovation

The High Point site manufactures stains, pigmented coatings and clear coatings (including UV type wood coatings) for household furniture, office furniture, wood and vinyl flooring, windows and doors, millwork and joinery, distribution and kitchen cabinets. The site includes 36 acres on which there are nine buildings that house production, global offices, wastewater treatment, labs, color development studio and storage. The High Point site has approximately 285 employees.  High Point's employees make the site special. They have created a sense of community, exhibit team work and look out for each other to ensure everyone is working safely. They come together to participate in Community Program projects, such as North Carolina Special Olympics events.
Teamwork Responsibility
Position requires strong teamwork and the ability to influence others and provide direction. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, often while working with and/or guiding others. Requires self-motivation and initiative to achieve and exceed individual and functional performance goals and objectives
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
- Must follow all established safety rules and procedures
- Contributes to the global strategy and execution of activities within the regions. Analyzes current sourcing strategies/activities and proposes improvements
- Plans and gives direction to activities within own regions. Formulates regional strategies and budget in consultation and interaction with relevant SMU regional stakeholders, functions, spend area managers and spend area main buyers.
- Strengthens the SMU global procurement strategy
- Drives regional alignment with corporate and SMU contracts, initiatives, policies & programs
- Provides 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 regions and globally
- Collaborates with key stakeholders to help formulate requirements and specifications for own regions and globally
- As a member of the SMU NA regional management team, the RPM provides monthly/quarterly price updates and deliberates with regional SMU management on strategies, priorities and issues and advises budget holders and experts in choosing suppliers and products
- Contributes to maximizing global procurement goals for savings, efficiency and risk management. Initiates and leads implementation of synergy, cost savings and risk reduction programs within the regions
- Leads supplier selection activities. Delivers feedback on performance of suppliers and identifies alternatives
- Is accountable for optimum costs and reliable supply according to specs. Negotiates and manages SMU supply agreements and contracts within the region and ensures that all relevant stakeholders are fully engaged and informed
- Leads supplier relationships and maintains relationships with (alternative) vendors and contractors
- Provides accurate recurring information/reports on purchased goods and provide input on indices and forecasts
- Ensures a timely and efficient ‘purchase to pay’- process according to organization guidelines and needs
- To be familiar with all the applicable corporate, as well as, site policies/procedures with regard to personal conduct and HSE standards and acting in compliance with all applicable regulations
- Ability to manage a remote employee and staff (located in Columbia)
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is in an office environment, and is occasionally exposed to work near moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit at a desk entering information into a computer and reading information presented on a computer monitor and on paper. The employee is regularly required to use hands for various projects and responsibilities, and also required to talk and hear on the telephone and in direct conversation. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

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Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States


North Carolina


High Point

Business unit

Wood Coatings

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Wood Coatings_North America

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Supply Chain or Procurement preferred from four year college or university. An advanced degree is preferred.
- Minimum of five (5) years working in a global procurement environment. A strong track record in direct and indirect procurement leadership and activities
- CPIM certification is preferred
- Advanced knowledge of sourcing and procurement techniques as well as dexterity in understanding changing markets
- Talent in negotiations and networking
- Strong knowledge of supplier or third party management software
- Experience in collecting and analyzing data with an aptitude in decision making
- Strong leadership capabilities
- Math Skills – Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to raw and interpret bar graphs
- Reasoning Skills – Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Knowledge of purchasing methods and procedures and methods of analyzing supplies and materials
- Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate advanced Excel skills; essential technical competencies in the use of computers and standard business applications; Microsoft products and office equipment; and ability to quickly master applicable databases, systems and vendor software programs.
- Excellent problem solving abilities – gathers and analyzes information skillfully and provide timely solutions to complex situations
- Organizational support – 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.
- Solid planning abilities – prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
- 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
Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both a pre-employment background check and a drug screening.  In some case, pre-employment physicals may also be required.
All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US. 
AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer. 
AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities / Females / Disabled / Veterans (M/F/D/V)