NPR Global Category Manager Process Automation Tec,

Netherlands, Gelderland, Arnhem

Business unit: AN Specialty Chemicals

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.


Drive global purchasing excellence and spend-down in the core of the organization strategy.
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (AN SC) provides a wide range of high quality and sustainable ingredients that are integral to numerous key industrial processes worldwide. Thus we serve high profile customers in sectors including paints, detergents, foods, plastics, cosmetics, construction, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, electronics, agro and oilfield applications. AN SC has € 5 bln revenue, 9.500 employees, five business lines, and 67 manufacturing sites.
Our NPR Procurement organization is committed to the highest standards of NPR (non-product related) Procurement and aims to deliver best-in-class services that support AN SC’s strategic objectives by continuously improving our NPR spend-down program. In order to achieve this we are strengthening and centralizing NPR Procurement to better leverage its commercial buying power, increase procurement involvement in CapEx projects, and better fit our current and future business needs.
Within this context your mission in this role is to manage and develop procurement for Process Automation Technologies across our Business Units (BU), taking into account their requirements and policies, as well as NPR Procurement guidelines and policies.
You will join a 150-employee NPR organization. The Department offers a working environment full of real opportunities for professional development as we enhance our specialization at operational and strategic levels. As such, this role demands the motivation necessary to deliver results that will underscore the strong impact of procurement on the company’s strategy.
Is this a challenge that matches your profile as a results focused and analytical procurement professional with excellent negotiation skills? Do you have a broad understanding of strategic sourcing along with the strong stakeholder management skills necessary to build internal and external networks? Can you sell ideas, concepts and programs up and down the relevant external and internal organizations? Above all, can you make a real difference within our dynamic, multinational and multicultural business environment?
If you offer all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of:
NPR Global Category Manager Process Automation Technologies
The role and its responsibilities
This is a high profile and influential role based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from where your core task is to manage and develop global NPR procurement for the Process Automation Technology categories, applying standard process and sourcing methods like SSM. You’ll be part of the Global Capex Excellence team consisting of a direct colleague and a Global Capex Procurement Director.

This requires you to expertly manage the supplier base as you work closely with relevant stakeholders and other functions, BUs and procurement. In doing so you secure a competitive and timely supply within the provided specifications, proactively driving short- and long-term spend reduction, process improvements (TCO) and innovation to benefit stakeholders.
Further, you work closely with the suppliers and our internal organization to ensure contract implementation and compliance, proactively ensuring that the chosen supplier base has effectively met the business requirements by providing high quality products or service at competitive cost. In doing so you act as the main point of contact with suppliers for contractual and commercial topics, and you take ownership of issues related to the working relationship with internal stakeholders.
At all times you maintain a continuous approach to learning and market intelligence in order to keep up with the latest developments.
As such, this role demands the ability to drive and steer multiple projects while managing conflicting business interests and establishing common ground across AN SC. It also demands the ability to assess the underlying financial results of a specific course of action, and an understanding of the way in which procurement systems and processes impact the bottom line.

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September 21, 2018

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AN Specialty Chemicals

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Job requirements/Candidate profile

• Bachelor or Master Degree, ideally in engineering or in a business related area;
• Minimum 7 years procurement experience, leadership and/or project management experience is a plus;
• Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence and engage people;
• Ability to work under pressure and securing on time delivery of critical activities;
• Team player mind set with the ability to navigate in complex project organizations
• Solid understanding of different project phases and key deliverables;
• Ability to communicate professionally with people at all levels of the organization and external contacts;
• Highly effective with stakeholder management and capability to build strong relationship internally and externally;
• Good presentation skills and ability to analyze data, RFQs and technical requirements;
• Analytical mind set and problem solving skills;
• Proficient with MS Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access.
Language Skills: Fluent in English. Additional languages are an asset.
Travel: Frequent to regular travel expected
Application details
For further information, please contact Mark van Gaal, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)636035596. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to the vacancy section of, reference 180004IY or use the ‘apply’ link.