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Tactical Buyer

Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021 and about 14,900 employees in 33 countries. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good. In the United States, LANXESS employs more than 2,000 people at 25 locations in 11 states. 

We are looking to find diverse and talented people to join our team. Studies have shown that some individuals are less likely to apply if they do not meet 100% of the criteria. We are looking to equalize the gap! If you are excited about this role but your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply. We will look to assess your talent against our competencies, values and requirements to get the best organizational fit. You might be the right candidate for this or other roles we have available!

Join our Team!


What we can offer you:

LANXESS is a young company with strong roots! We derive our strength from global presence, management excellence and most importantly our people! Our employees are the pillars of our success.
We offer exciting career opportunities regionally as well as internationally, educational assistance programs, competitive pay and benefits, language training programs, and many other personal and professional development programs that are a part of our vision and values that drive our ongoing success.


Job Highlights

  • Analyze market structure, trends, technical developments and regulatory trends that impact competitiveness and/or affect availability and delivered cost of materials and services.
  • Develop and recommend short and long term procurement strategies aimed at meeting BU/GF technical goods requirements in a manner that provides security of supply of timely and cost competitive materials or services of the appropriate quality.
  • Implement strategies rolled out by GPL regionally or globally to enhance corporate buying power.
  • Communicate procurement strategies to stakeholders and present a “one voice” message to potential suppliers to conduct fair and effective bid processes
  • Conduct pre bid vendor assessments and evaluations including HSEQ and Financial stability analysis
  • Establish contracts from initial bid packages working in SAP/Ariba platform) through bid award, negotiation (including pricing, terms & conditions, scope of work, etc) through final agreement, with the approval of the appropriate LANXESS PRO and BU/GF management.
  • Negotiate resolution of claims, disputes, changes in scope and material price changes.
  • Communicate plans and roll-out new supplier programs to fully implement procurement strategies.
  • Manage ongoing supplier relationships
  • Comply with all established departmental objectives with regards to supplier evaluations, supplier visit reports, cost savings reporting etc
  • Engage in getting assessments and approvals done for Together for Sustainability (TfS)  and Contractor Safety Management initiative
  • Run business warehouse reports and decipher strategic analysis out of vast amounts of data using pivot tables etc


  • Undergraduate degree in Business, Engineering or applicable related field plus min. of 5 years of experience in purchasing, materials management, contract management or related field or 7-10+ years related experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Relevant experience supporting production sites. Professional Certification is a plus. 
  • To establish relationships and understand requirements of various plant sites in North America
  •  Knowledge of basic chemical plants, equipment manufacturers, service providers, construction contracting for similar plants.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) are required.
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver persuasive argumentation in pricing and contract negotiations is required.
  • The ability to influence and persuade individuals at all levels of the LANXESS organization to gain support for key procurement initiatives.
  • Thorough understanding of the typical language found in procurement contracts and sensitivity to the clauses having particular importance to the buyer is essential.
  • Proven organizational skills to manage multiple projects and bids simultaneously, with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to organize diverse information, analyze and resolve disputes, understand internal customer requirements, make independent decisions, and display strong interpersonal and communication skills with individuals at all levels of LXS and supplier organizations.
  • Basic understanding of management accounting principles and financial analysis skills are essential.
  • Strong analytical skills and matching skill level using Power Point, Excel, SAP /ERP reports, e-sourcing tools etc


What we offer you:

  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, inclusive of a global bonus program and an individual performance bonus program.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide a variety of benefits to support your financial security, health and wellbeing including retirement plans, health programs, life insurance and medical care.
  • Work-Life & Flexibility: We support you in maintaining a balance between working hours and personal life. With our global “Xwork” program, we offer flexible working arrangements in all countries in which we operate.
  • Training & Development: We are committed to your professional and personal development and encourage you in the ongoing pursuit of education, training and knowledge through both formal and informal learning .


Diversity: LANXESS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religion, national origin, veteran status and political beliefs.

LANXESS has a value-based performance culture. We are seeking a range of human interests, backgrounds, and experiences that can be engaged to achieve respect, ownership, trust, professionalism, integrity and healing across all sectors.  

Join the LANXESS team!

Must include a resume.

Requisition ID:  4787

Gastonia North, NC, US, 28054

Work Arrangement:  Partially remote
Level of Experience:  Intermediate

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte
Nearest Secondary Market: Concord

Job Segment: Buyer, Procurement, Purchasing, ERP, Law, Finance, Operations, Technology, Legal

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