Lead Buyer
at SGL Carbon

Date Posted: 3/26/2019

Job Description

Summary of Job Content:

•This position is responsible for managing the effective and efficient purchasing of components, commodities, services, and capital equipment for the sites in North America.
•This position is responsible for the implementation of the initiatives of Global Purchasing.

SGL Technic LLC

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities
•Responsible for the management of suppliers in area of responsibility/categories.
•Formulates strategies for categories and serves as subject-matter expert on key categories of goods and services.
• Develops and executes action plans to meet targets for cost, quality, and delivery.
•Negotiates prices, terms, and conditions of agreements and executes agreements with suppliers.
•Interfaces with Group Legal on agreements and approves executive contract summaries for Group Legal.
•Evaluates industry trends to determine potential impacts and initiates actions to ensure continuity of supply chain.
•Conducts semiannual audits of key suppliers to assess cost, quality, and delivery.
•Investigates potential suppliers for optimum alignment of capabilities with requirements.
•Develops domestic and international long-term relationships with suppliers.
•Mentors and coaches operational buyers on key accountabilities.
•Manages purchases of goods and services for sites and completes transactions for purchasing in SAP.
•Coordinates agreements for goods and services covered by local, national, or global agreements.
•Serves as interface between sites and suppliers to ensure prompt resolution of issues (delivery, quality, etc.).
•Creates materials in SAP and maintains database of materials with respect to prices, sources, etc.
•Organizes documentation to create or to update vendors and coordinates documentation with corporate office.
•Researches discrepancies between invoices and purchase orders and approves invoices for accounts payable.
•Validates local contracts and obtains certificates of liability insurance for projects.
•Ensures compliance with policies and procedures of Group Legal and Global Purchasing.
•Implements initiatives to meet overall corporate objectives.
•Performs other duties as required to support objectives of sites and Global Purchasing.

Job Requirements

•Minimum of 6 years of experience in procurement. Experience in manufacturing preferred.
Preferred Spanish specking is a plus.

Preferred Qualifications

•Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or university.
•Proficiency with Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.
•Experience with SAP preferred.
•Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively and to provide world-class customer service.
•Excellent analytical and organizational skills and ability to prioritize and to simultaneously handle multiple tasks.
•Must fluently read and speak English.

Physical Demands
Work Environment

This position works between an office environment and a loud plant environment and makes some trips to customer sites. The employee will regularly be working near moving mechanical parts, and will on occasion be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, outdoor weather conditions, risk of electrical shock, high, precarious places, or toxic or caustic chemicals.

Special Instructions to Applicants


Budget: $15,000,000 – $20,000,000

Area of Responsibility/Complexity: > 100 suppliers

Job Snapshot

About Us

Innovative technologies and material-specific expertise have made us what we are today: the world's leading manufacturer of carbon products and materials. We work on specialty graphite and composite solutions for and with customers in key global industries. Our employees are at the heart of SGL Carbon. Use your talent and new ideas to help us to develop smart solutions for the future – as 4,200 employees at over 30 sites worldwide are already doing.

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