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Category Lead - Technical Goods and Services

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/services requirements in a manner that provides security of supply of timely and cost competitive materials or services of the appropriate quality
  • Coordinate strategies within GPL regionally or globally to enhance corporate buying power and lead the effective implementation of such strategies
  • 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 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
  • Engage in getting assessments and approvals done for Together for Sustainability (TfS) initiative
  • Run business warehouse reports and perform strategic analysis out of vast amounts of data using pivot tables to determine the opportunities for cost reductions and synergies


  • B.S. in Engineering, Business or comparable degree
  • 10 years of technical procurement experience or MBA/MS with 5 years of relevant strategic procurement experience is required. Professional Certification is a plus
  • Knowledge of basic chemical plants, equipment manufacturers and factors that influence technical commodity markets and prices
  • Ability to develop and deliver persuasive argumentation in pricing & contract negotiations required
  • Understanding of 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
  • Organize diverse information, analyze and resolve disputes, understand internal customer requirements and make independent decisions
  • Understanding of management accounting principles and financial analysis skills are essential.  Understanding of chemical processes, engineering or construction processes is a plus
  • Power Point, Excel, SAP /ERP reports, e-sourcing tools
  • Estimated travel is 30%

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:  4365

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15275

Work Arrangement:  Partially remote
Level of Experience:  Intermediate

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

Job Segment: Procurement, ERP, MBA, Supply, Warehouse, Operations, Technology, Management, Manufacturing

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