Strategic Procurement Manager - Raw Materials

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Date: Sep 27, 2021

Location: Allentown, PA, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Allentown, we are currently looking for a  ​Strategic Procurement Manager - Raw Materials​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities:


  • This position is responsible to lead and facilitate the coordination with cross functional teams within WACKER with timely procurement and delivery of key raw materials (Petrochemical value chain and energy and natural gas)
  • Provide leadership, guidance and direction to other departments with regards to supplier relations and meeting external customer's expectations. Investigate and evaluate new sources of supply, conduct meetings with supplier's sales representatives and continually endeavor to keep abreast of developments that influence the raw material markets
  • Develop and implement procurement department policies and procedures and make contributions in line with strategies to achieve raw material targets and goals.
  • Lead joint meetings with Operations, Technical, EHS, Business Units/Teams and other departments to review material requirements, specifications, new or existing sources of supply, forecasts, recommendations for reduced procurement spend.
  • Lead role in developing and implementing negotiation strategies that satisfy the objectives of all Business Units/Teams and production.
  • Collaborate effectively with procurement colleagues in Germany to help develop purchase agreements in a manner that ensures all WACKER requirements and special terms and conditions are met.
  • Responsible for market research to understand the market conditions, advances in technology, supplier performance and economic forecasts and keeping the business informed regarding economic conditions, market conditions, lead times and shifts in pricing.
  • Responsible to prepare timely procurement monthly reports, KPI's, forecasts, audits, supplier complaints/claims/evaluations and other reporting. necessary
  • Develop and manage strategic supplier sourcing and selection including global sourcing to achieve performance, quality, EH&S, price and materials strategies
  • Responsible for supplier development performance management
  • Develop and implement cost reduction strategies in support of annual cost reduction targets.
  • Direct, negotiate and manage contracts.


Qualifications Required:


  • Prior work experience in Procurement and/or Sales/Marketing and/or Chemistry (with a goal to grow in a business career) for a large global/multicultural company within the Chemical and Manufacturing Industries.
  • Prior leadership role preferred in contract management, RFQ bid process, contract law and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Good understanding of negotiation strategies, risk management, and value chain of various raw materials.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Procurement or related field required. Master's Degree in preferred.
  • Knowledge of SAP and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate, influence and be persuasive with all levels of management both internal and external to WACKER.
  • Ability to work in a global matrix organization.
  • Strong analytical, financial and research capabilities.


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at www.wacker.com.
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The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.



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