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Strategic Procurement Manager - Raw Materials

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

  • Develop and recommend short and long term procurement strategies aimed at meeting raw material demand requirements for selected North American production sites in a manner that provides a secure supply of cost-competitive materials.
  • Manage ongoing relationships with suppliers’ sales and internal business leaders.
  • Analyze market structure, trends, technical developments and regulatory trends that impact competitiveness and/or affect availability and delivered cost of raw materials.
  • Present formal strategies to regional and global leadership to enhance corporate procurement alignment and ensure the effective implementation of such strategies.
  • Establish regional contracts from initial negotiation (including pricing, terms & conditions, etc.) through final agreement, with the approval of the appropriate LANXESS leadership,
  • Negotiate resolution of disputes, changes in scope and raw material price changes with suppliers where applicable.
  • Engage with internal site planning and business unit stakeholders to coordinate order placement of raw materials in accordance with established strategic directives..
  • Present a “one voice” message to potential suppliers to conduct fair and effective bid processes; implement new supplier programs as needed to ensure procurement strategy execution
  • 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.


  • B.S. Degree in Chemistry, Engineering or comparable degree; MBA Preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant strategic procurement and/or commercial contracting experience or an MBA with 3 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 interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) with individuals at all levels of LANXESS and supplier organizations are required.
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver persuasive argumentation in pricing and contract negotiations with vendors, as well as the ability to influence and persuade internal stakeholders 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, and make independent decisions.
  • 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.
  • Travel may be required at various times.

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:  4322

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15275

Work Arrangement:  Partially remote
Level of Experience:  Intermediate

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

Job Segment: Compliance, Procurement, Logistics, Supply Chain Manager, Marketing Manager, Legal, Operations, Marketing

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