NPR Category Buyer,

China, Zhejiang, Ningbo

Business unit: Ethylene&SulfurDeriv,ISC

About AkzoNobel

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.


- Responsible for NPR product categories within the region and developing /implementing sourcing strategies (for relevant NPR goods and services with SSM Tools) for the sites under direct responsibility to provide the sites with sufficient reliable and compliant sources of supply, with competitive prices and agreed service levels.
- Develop negotiation strategies, negotiate contracts, service levels, pricing and continuity of supply with vendors and review existing contracts and communicate results to both the sites and the Regional NPR Procurement Manger.
- Drive operation working capital reduction by payment terms optimization
- Communicate savings and main KPIs locally and engage sites on purchasing priorities and improvement projects.
- Identify and implement improvement projects and pursue the continuous improvement target of cost, service quality and delivery.
- Develop and maintain clear and consistent reporting towards stakeholders regarding cost savings, payment terms, vendor policies, supplier/contractor management, etc.
- Manage: supplier relationships, existing supplier base and performance, process of supplier non-conformance and supplier reduction.
- Investigate, recommend and qualify suppliers and analyze and evaluate bids to determine optimum value and conduct value analysis studies.
- Support corporate NPR team for NPR saving/sourcing project
- Act as Focal point for related plants.
Fun ctional Responsibilities/Network:
- The APAC NPR purchasing platform is part of the central Purchasing organization in ESD & PC, based under the Regional NPR Procurement Manger
- A strong relationship is required between the regional NPR purchasing platform and the AkzoNobel Sourcing organization in the region to establish a network that fosters sharing best practices and continuous improvement across the regions and BU’s.
- Team member or lead of BU and cross BU Sourcing projects in cooperation with AkzoNobel Sourcing.
- Able to build close relationship with stakeholders on the sites under direct responsibility: Site Management, Maintenance Manager, Engineering Department, etc.

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December 31, 2099

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

- Bachelor degree in business, engineering, supply chain or related discipline.
- 5 years relevant work experience, including strategic purchasing and knowledge of the NPR market and chemicals industry.
- Fluent in both written and oral English
- Able to communicate effectively in a matrix organization, across sites, functions and cultures.
- Excellent negotiator with strong influencing and presentation skills, who is comfortable with making decisions and strives for continuous improved results.  
- Flexible in adopting a variable work pattern while able to set priorities and work to deadlines.
- Good standard of knowledge of MS Office, SAP and SRM systems.
- Ability and willingness to travel in the region (20%-30%).