Purchase Manager – Jotun Ethiopia


Jotun Ethiopia

The Jotun Group is a matrix organization divided into seven regions responsible for the sale of Decorative Paints and Performance Coatings (Marine, Protective and Powder Coatings). The company has 39 production facilities in 23 countries, 65 companies in 47 countries, and is represented in over 100 countries around the world.
Jotun makes its mark on your surroundings, from steel bridges to beautiful walls. This is done by our 10 000 employees. Do you want to join us and make your mark?
Jotun is one of the world's leading manufacturers of decorative paints, marine, protective, and powder coatings. The Group has 65 companies and 39 production facilities around the world, and 10 007 employees. Jotun is represented in more than 100 countries through its own subsidiaries, joint ventures, agents, branch offices, and distributors. The Jotun Group's sales in 2019 were NOK 19.6 billion. The Jotun Group is organized into four segments and seven geographical regions and has its head office in Sandefjord, Norway.

Who we are 

Jotun’s story in the MEIA region (Middle East, India and Africa) began in 1962, and has grown to include 18 legal entities committed to achieving success and growth of the Jotun Group. Throughout our history, we have focused on providing our employees with meaningful and challenging work, rewarding them through continued learning and development, underpinned by our values of Loyalty, Care, Respect and Boldness.

As a 100% subsidiary under Jotun Group, Jotun Ethiopia Paint Manufacturing PLC. was established in 2020. It has since become one of the fastest growing company within MEIA (Middle East India and Africa) Region. By investing in an advanced paint production plant, and building a highly competent and motivated team locally, we aim to strengthen Jotun’s leading position in Ethiopia as well as in East Africa, through our very ambitious market development plans which are focusing on Quality, Profitability, Innovation and Corporate Values.

As Purchase Manager, you will lead and manage Operational Purchasing to ensure optimal inventory and availability of Raw Materials, Purchased Finished Goods, and/or Direct Packaging Materials, based on Group Purchasing’s, regional and global agreements or local agreements, policies and procedures, enabling the company to achieve the desired delivery service to the customers. 
This position is based in Adama, Adama Industrial Park and you will report to Supply Chian Manager.
  • Lead the local function in line with Leadership Expectations and tools to develop, coach, and guide its members to ensure a workforce that is competent, engaged, and enabled to meet Jotun’s current and future needs,
  • Facilitate cross-functional cooperation and ensure optimal RM/PFG/DPM planning and execution and that all RM/PFG/DPM are ordered in line with price agreements and allocations given by GP category managers,
  • Communicate with GP category managers regarding RM/PFG/DPM requirements, supplier performance, shortages, non-conformances, etc,
  • Support GP category managers in identifying potential local suppliers and maintaining existing relationships (including supplier audits and participation in supplier meetings on request from GP category managers),
  • Manage all IM spending in close cooperation with GP and internal stakeholders (user departments) and ensure the appropriate use of ERP,
  • Identify and plan the requirement for designated IM categories based on close dialogue with relevant user departments,
  • Source, select, and approve suppliers for designated IM categories in close cooperation with relevant user departments (including supplier audits when relevant),
  • Ensure the best possible agreements for designated IM categories, according to the purchasing objectives, by following the Tactical Purchasing Process and utilizing relevant contract formats (including frame agreements, etc.).

What We Offer 

  • Competitive compensation and benefits,
  • Continuous learning opportunities and training activities,
  • Career development opportunities across multiple disciplines and geographies,
  • Leaders who focus on engaging and enabling their team, proven by consistently high employee feedback scores,
  • A supportive and inclusive company culture where you can be your authentic self,
  • A focus on having fun together through team buildings and social activities.
Qualification and Experience 
  • 3 – 6 years of relevant experience in purchasing in a manufacturing industry, 
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher within a relevant field,
  • Leadership experience is essential,
  • Project Management experience is essential,
  • Willing to travel frequently as part of the job requirements,
  • Experience with, and good understanding of, ERP and planning processes,
  • Ability to make decision based on analytical data,
  • Experience in extracting and analyzing large amounts of data using excel or similar applications.


  • Networking: builds a useful network of contacts and relationships and utilizes it to achieve objectives,
  • Systematic Approach: uses a methodical and systematic approach; plans ahead, defines clear priorities and allocates resources effectively,
  • Constructive Teamwork: co-operates well with others; shares knowledge, experience and information; supports others in the pursuit of team goals,
  • Analysis & Judgment: quickly understands and analyzes complex issues and problems; comes up with sound and rational judgments,
  • Initiative & Responsibility: acts on own initiative, makes things happen and accepts responsibility for the results,
  • Influence: makes an impact; convinces and persuades others; promotes plans and ideas successfully.


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