Procurement Excellence Manager

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Date: Jul 29, 2022

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, 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 about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Ann Arbor, we are currently looking for a ​Procurement Excellence Manager​ to join our growing team.


This is Us:
You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacture that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are currently seeking a Procurement Excellence Manager. This position can be housed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or Charleston, TN.
What you will do:
The Procurement Excellence Manager is responsible for leading all aspects of WACKER’s Procurement Excellence (PL-X), which includes: 
Efficiency, which is responsible for continuous efficiency improvement in procurement by implementation, change management, further development of the system landscape, and best practice processes in WACKER US Procurement & Logistics (PL) organization in close collaboration with the central PL-X department
Analytics & Reporting, which is responsible to increasingly promote data-based decisions in procurement & logistics and to provide WACKER management with appropriate information (management reporting, statutory reporting)
Supplier & Sustainability Management, which is responsible for the alignment of global processes and system responsibility for supplier and sustainability management.

  • Coordination of the Supplier (Quality) Management Process in the US, in particular:
    • Onboarding, qualification and offboarding
    • Supplier Classification
    • Relationship matrix
    • Sustainability management, especially Together for Sustainability (TfS)
    • Supplier Evaluation
    • Follow up processes and lead continuous improvement/lessons learned
    • Complaint Management
    • Development, coordination, communication and monitoring of the corresponding processes in the sense of best practice
  • IMS and process coordination lead and implement
    • Process ownership of US PL Directives (Policies & Procedures) and support PL leadership to ensure corporate compliance, robustness and efficiency 
    • Support of PL leadership in enabling the organization to apply the processes efficiently
    • Lead and coordination of quality management and IMS within PL as well as with other areas (e.g. IATF, ISO, IMS, customer audits, etc.). In particular, project management in the interpretation and implementation of new requirements in a sustainable and efficient/lean way (e.g. IATF or Supply Chain Act)
  • Empowerment, coaching and training of WACKER US PL organization in the implementation of processes
  • Lead and coordination of processes and programs to ensure the required knowledge and skill development according to best practices (e.g. compulsory training in the LSO) 
  • Develop and lead training programs for continuous improvement of the skills of PL employees, incl. further development of the training programs with PL leadership
  • Represent US PL in WACKER's internal sustainability and quality committees 
  • WACKER US representative in the TfS initiative
  • Coordination of Scope 3 emissions activities in PL
  • Execution of tailor-made data analyses and preparation of standard reports for WACKER US Procurement
  • Power user role, development, and enhancement of the procurement dashboards with focus on the US Procurement needs in close collaboration with central PL-X
  • Prioritization, implementation and change management for new systems in close collaboration with central PL-X with focus on:
    • Economy
    • Efficiency, productivity, automation
    • Support of purchasing goals and strategies 
  • User Acceptance
  • Continuous process analysis, development, and implementation of efficiency potentials / Best practices in cooperation with corresponding units
  • Support in the further development of the culture, the organization, and the interaction of the teams within PL-X and with the interfaces in cooperation with other PL-X teams with a focus on innovation, best practices, efficiency
  • Taking over global PL-X projects in close collaboration with central PL-X

What we need from you:

  • Minimum education of a bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree in business administration, information technology, computer science, or natural sciences is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a large multinational corporate Procurement & Logistics department, and/or in a corporate IT department working directly with the Procurement & Logistics organization is required; 2+ years of professional experience in Supplier Quality/Development department, and/or in a Sustainability/Quality Management department is preferred
  • 1+ year in corporate leadership role in a large multinational corporate Procurement & Logistics department, and/or in a Supplier Quality/Development department, and/or in a Sustainability/Quality Management department, and/or in a corporate IT department
  • Proven experience in Supplier and Sustainability Management, and/or Quality Management
  • Proven and successful project management experience in a lead role
  • Proven experience in the successful implementation of procurement related IT/IS systems in large multinational companies 
  • Proven knowledge of purchasing and logistics processes, supplier management lifecycle, and electronic e-procurement & logistics software/tools (e.g. SAP, Ariba, BuyNow, Elemica, e-catalogs, e-auction, Tableau, Alteryx, etc.), and Microsoft Office
  • Proven knowledge of various management systems/methods (e.g. ISO 9001, IMS, IATF 16949, etc.)
  • Entrepreneurial personality: Ability to identify business opportunities and drive change
  • Awareness and sincere interest in sustainability and quality 
  • Proven leadership skills and outstanding conceptual and analytical thinking skills
  • Proven global and regional communication skills within a global matrix organization involving internal/external stakeholders, suppliers, customers, and auditors
  • Ability to skillfully address controversial topics and enforce WACKER interests.
  • Assertiveness, implementation strength, ability to recognize conflicts, find and implement solutions
  • Creative structured way of working, intercultural competence
  • Leadership, communication, and persuasive skills
  • Strong awareness of cost and productivity optimization
  • Enthusiasm for innovation as well as a creative, structured, and entrepreneurial way of working
  • Flexibility, resilience, reliability, willingness to travel
  • Conceptual and cross-departmental thinking regarding business and process processes
  • Identification of weak points in processes and applications and development of solutions

Life at Wacker:
Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with Employer Contribution and Match
  • Opportunity for Future Growth and Advancement
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Vacation and Holiday
  • And much more!


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
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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 classes.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit