Project Procurement Manager

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Date: Oct 16, 2021

Location: Charleston, TN, 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 Charleston, we are currently looking for a ​Project Procurement Manager​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

The Project Procurement Manager has  entrepreneurial role which not only calls for a combination of innovative force, continuous driving of changes, a solid understanding of commercial matters, market knowledge and excellent communication skills, but also outstanding vertical and lateral leadership skills.


  • The Project Procurement Manager closely collaborates with the procurement team, engineering, and operations to develop and implement project and category procurement strategies.
  • The manager holds project procurement responsibility in a region for any significant Capex projects. This includes supporting Engineering in the creation of a project specific engineering strategy, creating a project specific procurement strategy (coordination with Project Engineering), coordination of all project specific procurement packages via pursuing continuously the project procurement plan as well as managing the interface with the global procurement organization.
  • The manager will be responsible for market analyses, evaluating the current strategic situation and preparing alternatives for action, supplier management for individual suppliers (define targets, develop measures, track implementation); coordinating and asserting procurement requirements with the requisitioner (especially TCO optimization of functional specifications), also at management level, handling of RFQs for Engineering Services, independent tactical analysis, generate competition, coordinating supplier communication with the requisitioner, and project specific contract changes.


  • Collaborate with the category managers or procurement managers and the requisitioners in all phases of the project (feasibility, basic engineering), for category management and supplier management.
    • Project phases: Create a project specific procurement strategy and help with the development of a project specific engineering strategy.
    • Category management: Understand the market, develop strategies, savings targets and projects to enhance the position, big RFPs, set guidelines for operational procurement.
    • Supplier management: Supplier relationship management, supplier quality management (targets, complaints, supplier assessment, improvement programs), sustainability management
  • In this context, the role of the Project Procurement Manager in particular includes:
    • Building and maintaining a cooperative relationship with requisitioners:
    • Coordinate strategies
    • Resolve conflicts
    • Assert requirements of Procurement
  • Building and maintaining a cooperative relationship with the key suppliers' management:
    • Create a strategic understanding
    • Help with the framing in negotiations
    • Conflict escalation/resolution
    • Other responsibilities as assigned by Procurement Director to support business requirements.


  • Optimizing processes/systems for continuous efficiency improvement (i) within Strategic Procurement, (ii) within Operational Procurement and (iii) on the requisitioners' side. The Project Procurement Manger has the role of the business owner who defines processes and identifies weak points.


  • Procurement compliance: Implementation of (i) 6 ground rules, (ii) guideline and instructions, (iii) use of special tools (in particular for auctions), (iv) compliance with all procurement business processes, (v) data quality



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business or Economics is required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a related role.
  • Successful performance working in Procurement for a large global/multinational company, preferably within the Chemical and Manufacturing industries.
  • PMP preferred.
  • Up to 40% travel.
  • Understanding of specific plant engineering and execution models.
  • Good understanding of procurement practices, contracting, negotiation, MS Office applications.



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.

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