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Buyer Raw Materials

An international opportunity for a proactive and skilled buyer within a fast-moving production environment

AkzoNobel’s Polymer Chemistry business unit (BU) is one of the world’s leading producers of organic peroxides, metal alkyls, organometallic specialties and polymer additives. These are essential for the production of thermoplastic resins, thermoset and elastomeric materials, and semiconductors. Sustainability and innovation are at the heart of everything we do, and our global manufacturing and distribution network helps us to maintain close partnerships with our customers.
The Polymer Chemistry BU is part of AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business area.

Central to the success of the Polymer Chemistry BU is an optimized purchasing strategy. Within this context, your mission in this role is to contribute to the development and realization of the BU purchasing strategy by assuring the continuity of raw materials and packaging supply at the lowest possible total cost.

Is this a challenge that matches you skills and ambitions as a results focused professional with experience of strategic purchasing? Are you an excellent and convincing negotiator with powerful planning and implementation skills? Do you have experience of organizational improvement and process innovation in purchasing and the supply chain? Can you move quickly to make sound decisions? Above all, do you have what it takes to make a real difference within our multicultural and multinational business environment?

If you offer all this and more, we invite you to apply for the position of

Buyer Raw Materials and Packaging

The role and its responsibilities
Working from our office in Arnhem, the Netherlands, you are directly responsible for an EMEIA spend of <10 million EUR with approximately 100 suppliers.

Thus you work within the global purchasing strategy, and in consultation with the purchasing and business teams, to achieve the targets set by the BU purchasing strategy. You also develop, monitor and report KPIs as we seek to achieve cost savings.

Further, you are responsible for the collection, documentation and interpretation of market data on products and suppliers. Based on this you develop plans for the short- and long-term security of supply and supplier position(s) for the BU.

This requires you to build and maintain effective contacts with suppliers, and you are personally responsible for several purchasing contracts/frame contracts. At all times you ensure continuity of supply by searching for alternative suppliers in cooperation with RD&I and Technology.

You are an active participant within the Regional Purchase Team, and a member of cross-functional/cross-BU and AkzoNobel Sourcing projects.

You spend approximately 20% of your time traveling.

Candidate profile
To apply for this position you must possess the following attributes:

  • Master’s in business, engineering or chemistry or equivalent by experience;
  • 5-10 years of relevant working experience;
  • The flexibility to set and react to changing priorities;
  • Able to thrive in a cross-cultural environment;
  • A high standard of written and spoken English, with any other language(s) an strong asset.

Application details
For further information, please contact Anne Marte van der Vossen, Talent Resourcing Partner, +31 (0)88-010 6789, option 2. Only online applications will be accepted, please go to, reference 160008MS or use this link.
A pre-employment screening may form part of the selection process.

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

About AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals
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.

Keywords: Vacancy, full-time, Arnhem, purchasing, buying.

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