Senior Manager, Direct Procurement

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Date: Sep 5, 2021

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 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


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


Job Responsibilities

Oversee the acquisition of all direct materials at the best possible total cost of ownership, in the right quantity and at the right time consistent with the needs of WACKER. In addition, this role is responsible for the protection of the Company's assets by ensuring all supplier contracts are signed, administered, and negotiated by Procurement.


As the Head of WACKER US Direct Material Procurement, the Senior Manager has the overall responsibility for the procurement of all raw materials, energy, technical gases and packaging, to either provide the services for such procurement and processing, or give the functional direction to others delegated to perform such services.  The Senior Manager has responsibility to assure compliance with WACKER regional and global Procurement Policies and Directives including ISO Procurement Procedures.

  • Developing strategy and tactics for the direct procurement categories
  • Stakeholder relations with WACKER divisions/plants and with global Direct Procurement
  • Personal participation in management level supplier relations/negotiations
  • Leading and coaching the team
  • HR processes (training, annual performance review), ensuring compliance with regulations and standard processes, staying in budget


  • Minimum Bachelor's degree, Master's degree in business preferred
  • 7 years' experience in chemical industry at medium to large multinational chemical company, preferably in procurement, marketing, or sales
  • 5  years' negotiating experience
  • 2 years' managerial experience, supervising two or more employees
  • 2 years' direct material procurement experience
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills, ability to train, develop and build a strong/effective procurement teams. Successfully work across all functions and levels of a global matrix organization.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal & communication skills. Able to influence executive leadership and people at all levels of the company.
  • Demonstrates the ability to lead change and maintain high ethical standards. Sound problem solving and organizational competencies.
  • Demonstrate strong critical and strategic thinking with strong business acumen and the ability to think beyond function and see 'big picture' to help drive strategic/ sound decision making.
  • Create and execute category management strategies
  • Proven track record of yearly cost savings
  • Proven strong knowledge of organic and inorganic raw material markets, along with strong knowledge of upstream and downstream applications and production processes of chemical feedstocks starting with crude oil and natural gas
  • Strong knowledge of US energy market, technical gas market and packaging market
  • Evaluate and understand cost breakdown of various raw materials, cost drivers, analyze industrial cost curves, etc.
  • Strong and effective communication skills across different cultures and regions globally
  • SAP, Microsoft office, Ariba and other computer software systems
  • Develop corporate policies and procedures related to procurement
  • Proven record of process improvement and efficiencies within procurement and supply chain
  • Understand and interpret company financials, credit worthiness, etc.
  • Understand and analyze procurement spend data and forecast spend to help drive strategy and results


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 classes.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit