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Director of North America Technical and Energy Procurement


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. 


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

  • Analyse 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
  • 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
  • Manage and direct work of four strategic commodity leads
  • Maintain and manage high level relationships with strategic suppliers
  • Lead and/or actively participate in regional and global task forces, and interdisciplinary project groups responsible for devising strategies and optimizing performance in procurement related areas
  • Communicate plans and roll-out new supplier programs to fully implement procurement strategies
  • Comply with all established departmental objectives with regards to supplier evaluations, supplier visit reports, cost savings reporting etc.
  • Plan for and lead a responsive procurement effort for the Crisis Team when activated
  • Ensure KPI commitments of team are met


  • Engineering Undergraduate/ Business degree with matching experience
  • 10+ years of relevant technical goods/technical services/energy and packaging procurement experience (all categories or a combination of these). Professional Certification is a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership experience managing multicultural teams and experience with international teams is a plus
  • Estimated travel expectation is 30% - initial frequency and duration of travel might be more than normally required
  • Knowledge of basic chemical plants, major manufacturers/service providers and of the major factors that influence applicable commodity markets and prices preferred
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver persuasive argumentation in pricing and contract negotiations 
  • Ability to influence and persuade individuals at all levels of the 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 organization is essential and also have basic knowledge of engineering terminology/general category of equipment
  • 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.  Understanding of chemical processes, engineering or construction processes is a strong plus
  • Strong analytical skills and matching skill level using Power Point, Excel, SAP /ERP reports, e-sourcing tools etc
  • Ability to present strategy documentation to senior management to get buy in for the strategy



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, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.

Join the LANXESS team!

Must include a resume.


Requisition ID:  3554

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15275

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

Job Segment: Logistics, Procurement, Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain, Supply, Operations

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