Buyer/Procurement Agent

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Date: Nov 25, 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 14,600 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Ann Arbor, we are currently looking for a ​Buyer/Procurement Agent​ 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 Agent for our team in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

This position is responsible for the tactical and operational purchasing functions for the goods and services purchased within the procurement team across all WACKER US sites. This role will support the Strategic Procurement Manager(s) in developing, analyzing, and administering RFQ/RFI’s, contracts, category strategies, supplier management and all other procurement duties as needed. Other responsibilities of this role include:

  • Protection of the Company’s assets by procuring materials & services in an ethical manner that meets WACKER’s strategic goals and provides the greatest overall monetary value to the supply chains.
  • Promote procurement practices and facilitate the continuous improvement of the partnership between its internal customers and WACKER’s suppliers to achieve the lowest total cost of ownership
  • Create and issue purchase orders as needed for all goods and services for the US plants.
  • Create and administer RFQ/RFI's as needed for all goods and services. Analyze and compare supplier quotations and make clear recommendation for sourcing approval. Create and administer GPA's as needed.
  • Participate in stakeholder and/or supplier meetings and represent procurement as needed.
  • Support in the development of category strategies as needed, along with the implementation of these strategies. Support in the annual supplier management process.
  • Create and provide SAP and other reports to management as needed, along with presenting information and/or supporting management with creating presentation materials.
  • Support in the development and implementation of cost reduction and DPO improvement strategies in support of annual cost reduction and DPO targets.


What we need from you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in in Procurement and/or Sales/Marketing and/or Chemistry or a related field required.
  • Minimum one year of experience in a similar role, 3 years of experience preferred
  • Consistent work experience in Procurement in a large global/multicultural company within the Chemical and Manufacturing Industries preferred
  • Proven track record in achieving annual corporate cost reduction and DPO targets.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, SAP, e-auction tools, and other e-tools for procurement reporting, efficiency, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.


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 company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans



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