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Senior Buyer

Date: May 6, 2022

Location: Chicago 71st, IL, US, 60629

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 20149 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Grace is seeking a Sr. Buyer to join our Procurement Operations team within our Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) organization. We are looking for someone who can deliver great ideas to help drive our ISC transformation and who values teamwork, performance, integrity, speed and innovation with a mindset of safety at the core. As a Sr. Buyer you will primarily support our Valleyfield plant location, but will also be assigned other North America locations for both DIRECT and INDIRECT procure to pay process.

Other Responsibilities

  • Fully understand, comply and enforce our Source to Pay policies and procedures across the organization
  • Conduct searches for new suppliers of goods and services, evaluate their capabilities, assess risk and qualify as necessary.
  • Fully understand user requirements and prepare and execute Requests for Proposals.
  • Minimize the Total Cost of Ownership associated with the purchase of goods and services.
  • Negotiate purchase agreements with key vendors for the reliable and cost-effective supply of goods and services and ensure compliance with said terms. 
  • Issue purchase orders, track open orders and expedite orders as necessary.
  • Effectively manage the transition from incumbent to new suppliers. 
  • Pursue consolidation of the supply base to reduce complexity.
  • Manage supplier quality and conduct supplier audits as necessary.  Resolve supplier complaints and issues in a way that achieves an acceptable outcome to Grace.
  • Work cross-functionally within the ISC organization and other support functions such as R&D, EHS, Quality, Product Stewardship and Marketing.
  • Identify, execute and track productivity including cost reduction and cash flow improvement and support the development of the Annual Operating Plan.
  • Interact with plants, business and corporate management as appropriate and prepare and present internal reports and project bid outcomes as required.
  • Support plant in troubleshooting procurement tools while providing training on an ongoing basis.
  • Support working capital goals by reducing where possible, the direct material inventory and increasing the ADP by negotiating longer payment terms with suppliers.
  • Support key stakeholders in the entire source to pay process, including our systems (SAP and Ariba), providing training and troubleshooting assistance 

Required Skills

  • Experience with sourcing, contracting and purchasing of both Direct and Indirect categories particularly acids, solvents, organics and inorganics, Capital, EH&S, MRO, HR, Contractors, IT, Professional Services and Facilities.
  • Capable of prioritizing, managing and executing multiple tasks in a high demand environment.
  • Strong sense of matrix environment with ability to effectively work within a team environment across countries and different time zones.
  • Fact-based approach with solid analytical skills and ability to drive projects to successful completion.
  • Working knowledge of logistics including Incoterms.
  • Able to work cross-culturally with colleagues and suppliers throughout the world.
  • Ability to manage small and large projects from multiple sources as needed
  • Working knowledge of MRP (Material Requirements Planning) within a plant manufacturing setting

Required Experience

  • Capable of communicating effectively (both oral and written) across all levels of the organization.
  • Strong proficiency with SAP ARIBA and SAP particularly in PO creation (P2P), release and updating pricing info records, conducting RFP’s, catalogs, collaboration, sourcing. 
  • Ability to work with Microsoft Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • BS degree from an accredited university, preferably in supply chain management or engineering. 
  • 7 years’ work experience in a global industrial/manufacturing environment with at least 5 years’ experience in SAP ARIBA sourcing, negotiations, PR to PO creation with both and tactical and strategic procurement projects.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supply chain certification (CSCP, CPIM, CFPIM).
  • MBA 
  • Able to read/write in other languages preferable (French)


Grace is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Grace via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Grace. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Grace as a result of the referral or through other means.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago