Regional Category Manager, Enterprise Svcs/Travel,

India, ,

Business unit: Procurement

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We’re experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we operate in over 80 countries and employ around 35,000 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high performance products and services our customers expect.


This role is managing category on Enterprise Services and Corporate Travel. Enterprise Services include Professional, Legal, Financial and Tax Services and IT Goods and Services

Location: Pune

- Create and maintain a procurement strategy and contract compliance aligned to global and regional needs
- Manage (directly or indirectly) cross-functional teams for the development and execution of all aspects of category strategies within region.
- Manage the competitive sourcing process related to contract pricing, terms and conditions, service levels and governance
- Conduct strategic sourcing activities to identify and develop new suppliers in the  region to drive cost reduction and build strong and trusted relationships
- Evaluate production processes and analyze supply chain optimization potentials
- Navigate and analyze complex data to identify and present opportunities to stakeholders for decision making;
- Actively seek and lead regional opportunities to drive savings and deliver business results for the organization through various forms of leveraging, bidding, sourcing, negotiating and implementing of complex regional supplier contract
- Lead supplier selection process, and create longer-term supplier selection strategies
- Establish and present business cases supporting sourcing recommendations
- Develop mechanisms and metrics to track supplier performance with delivery, quality, and cost
- Manage and leads strategic supplier relationships and performance improvements through regular supplier meetings, business review as detailed in the contract governance.
- Develop strong relationship and build trust with key stakeholders in businesses to understand business needs and to establish and strengthen regional category strategies.
- Coordinate cross-category initiatives for regional team

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May 31, 2019

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- At least 5-10 years’ experience in an international purchasing or commercial role in a matrix organization 
- Strong background in procurement category management and proven track record in supplier and contract management
- A Strong leader who can deliver significant sustainable business results and drive cultural change and who is able to drive category strategies and develop pricing models
- Experience in managing stakeholders, building strong relationships in a complex  matrix organization and across multiple geographical locations and regions.
- Project management and change management experience are essential
- Excellent analytical, problem solving and influential skills
- Experience in Continuous Improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma is a plus;
- Procurement accreditations (e.g. CPM/APICS) is desirable;
- Excellent people management and communication skills
- Proficient in English language, written and spoken, any additional European language is a plus

Interested applicants, kindly send in your CV to, indicating "Job Title_Your Name" at the subject header. Shortlisted applicants will be notified.