NPR Category Buyer,

China, Zhejiang, Ningbo

Business unit: Ethylene & Sulfur Derivatives

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


- 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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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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Business unit

Ethylene & Sulfur Derivatives

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Full time/part time


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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%).