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Head of Raw Material Process - Team 2


Who we are:

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 6.8 billion in 2019 and about 14,300 employees in 33 countries. The company is currently represented at 60+ production sites worldwide. 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 FTSE4Good. 

In the United States, LANXESS employs more than 2,000 people at 21 locations in 10 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

  • Supervise and prioritize the work of a team of Procurement Managers / Specialists directly supporting the BUs in North America
  • Ensure compliance of established departmental objectives with regard to supplier evaluations, sustainability initiatives, supplier visit reports, cost reduction reporting, etc. using the appropriate Lanxess tools.
  • Provide regional category strategy leadership in major inorganic, organic, and aromatic categories as assigned.  Develop and recommend short and long term procurement strategies aimed at meeting BU material requirements in a manner that provides security of supply of cost-competitive materials.
  • Manage ongoing relationships with suppliers’ sales and business leaders
  • Analyze market structure, trends, technical developments and regulatory trends that impact competitiveness and/or affect availability and delivered cost of raw materials
  • Coordinate strategies within GPL regionally or globally to enhance corporate buying power and lead the effective implementation of such strategies.
  • Establish contracts from initial negotiation (including pricing, terms & conditions, scope of work, etc.) through final agreement, with the approval of the appropriate LANXESS PRO and BU/GF leadership.
  • Negotiate resolution of disputes, changes in scope and raw material price changes where applicable.
  • Communicate procurement strategies to internal stakeholders and present a “one voice” message to potential suppliers to conduct fair and effective bid processes; implement transition plans for new supplier programs to ensure procurement strategy execution.


  • BS degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant strategic procurement and/or commercial contracting experience or an MBA with 5 years of relevant experience is required. Professional Certification (C.P.M., CPSM) is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of basic chemical manufacturing processes and of the major factors that influence markets and prices for the major materials are within the position’s responsibility.
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) are required.
  • Solid market knowledge and ability to quickly become recognized internally and externally as knowledgeable in the supply markets for inorganic, organic and aromatic chemicals.
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver persuasive argumentation in pricing and contract negotiations is essential to the achievement of LANXESS’ objectives.
  • 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 legal requirements and sensitivity of commercial contract law.
  • Proven organizational skills to manage multiple projects 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.
  • The ability to work professionally and effectively with Business Unit leaders
  • Strong analytical skills and high skill level using Power Point, Excel, as well as the ability to quickly master internal LANXESS tools such as: SAP BW reports, supplier and contract databases, e-sourcing platform


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:  1910

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15275

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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