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Robert Half International Purchasing Agent in The Woodlands, Texas


A client of ours is currently looking for a Senior Sourcing Specialist to join their Procurement Team in The Woodlands, TX. Your primary responsibilities will include developing and executing sourcing strategies for various raw materials and packaging products. As a Senior Sourcing Specialist, you will be supporting multiple manufacturing sites, supply chain and business teams using best practice sourcing methods to negotiate, execute and administer spot and/or term contracts to achieve optimum cost and supply reliability for your internal customers. As part of your role, you will ensure sourcing activities/monthly nominations are synchronized with supply chain and plant teams’ sales plans for current and longer-term production plans. It will be critical for the candidate to understand the importance of detailed market analysis and supply/demand dynamics for the assigned raw materials and packaging products, while managing effective internal client and supplier relationships up to the senior level. Apply today for immediate consideration!

What will be expected from you

  • Execute strategic sourcing following the agreed processes and sourcing strategy methodology.

  • Comply with all corporate EHS and business conduct policies.

  • Provide expertise as a trusted advisor to the business for market analysis and contracting strategies for assigned purchasing category.

  • Promote cross-functional cooperation in assessing risks and developing models associated with supply and technical compliance.

  • Ensure the deployment of strategic purchasing plans driven by customer requirements, manufacturing results and capabilities, distribution and logistics objectives and business economics.

  • Implement KPI’s that clearly indicate the performance level of the sourcing strategy and supplier effectiveness. Maintains focus on added value, and achievement of the lowest total cost to serve.

  • Identify opportunities for cost savings, better efficiency, and other areas of improvement.

  • Apply supply risk assessment and risk mitigation methods to protect business continuity.

  • Manage operational issues related to supply/demand challenges.

  • Collaborate with business unit leaders and colleagues on strategy development, innovation, and continuous improvement plans.

  • Promote excellent working relationships with internal customers and other supporting organizations.

  • Maintain relationships and open dialogue with key supplier contacts.

  • Ensure that business drivers, departmental goals and measures are aligned.

  • Demonstrate expertise with SAP and other tools for planning, analysis, and improvement of business performance for categories assigned.


What are we looking for in the ideal candidate?

  • 10 years of petrochemical or manufacturing experience, with 3 to 5 years of purchasing sourcing experience required.

  • Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain management or other appropriate discipline.

  • Proven ability to set and meet tight timelines of execution, appropriately influencing positive action by cross functional peers and colleagues

  • Managing a quality assurance or audit program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of SAP, Ariba, Agile development processes, contract law, negotiations planning and execution, and other aspects of strategic sourcing management.

  • Operating plant experience in the chemical industry highly desirable.

  • Experience in establishing commodity segment sourcing strategies.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management methods and tools.

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