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Head of Procurement Operations & Systems

Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.6 billion in 2021 and more than 13,000 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

  • Responsible for the procurement process and systems in North America, with efficiency and harmonization across the entire purchasing management process including maintenance of master data. This is a direct report to the local CPO.
  • Lead and inspire a diverse, globally distributed procurement team, with approximately 10 members, while fostering a culture of excellence, accountability, and continuous improvement in close alignment with the Global GPOS head.
  • Evaluation of new, digital technologies (e.g. Ariba sourcing suite) in the field of purchasing. Leverage in-depth knowledge of SAP and other procurement systems to streamline and enhance procurement processes, driving efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Support and implementation of GPL initiatives worldwide.
  • Responsibility for the development and execution of internal and external GPL process trainings (GPL employees, BU/GF customers, suppliers).
  • Develop and oversee strategic procurement projects, ensuring successful execution, cost optimization, and adherence to timelines.


  • Higher education degree, with a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, in Information Technology related studies, Business or similar education and work experience in Procurement.
  • At least 5 - 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent IT and process affinity with profound knowledge in the field of procurement and process analysis.
  • Previous Global Project Management experience.
  • Knowledge of SAP MM and related digital technologies.
  • A proven track record of successfully leading international procurement teams.
  • This is a hybrid role with the expectation to be on site approximately 3 days per week each week.
  • Ability to travel domestically and at times internationally.

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:  5389

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15275-1112

Work Arrangement:  Partially remote
Level of Experience:  Middle management

Job Segment: Procurement, SAP, Operations Manager, Buyer, Operations, Technology

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