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Senior Buyer, Capital Sourcing (Indirect categories) - Hybrid Location with Relocation

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 19989 

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

We're looking for a Senior Buyer to join our Strategic Sourcing team within our Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) organization. At Grace, we are looking for someone who can deliver great ideas to help drive our Integrated Supply Chain transformation and who values teamwork, performance, integrity, speed and innovation with a mindset of safety at the core. As a Senior Buyer you will primarily support our Global footprint across INDIRECT spend categories.


This position will be based at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD with a hybrid split-week (the company assigns specific days for on-site and remote work by team or function).

Relocation assistance will be provided. 


Job Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Apply the understanding of user requirements and prepare and execute Requests for Proposals.
  • Consistently minimize the Total Cost of Ownership which is associated in the procurement of Equipment 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. 
  • Effectively manage the transition of new Vendors. 
  • Identify and develop consolidation of the supply base to reduce complexity while ensuring technical compliance.
  • 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, and Project Management.
  • 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 working capital goals by reducing where possible the direct material inventory by increasing the ADP and 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 
  • Lead and collaborate with Stakeholder community in the development of Category Strategies for Capital and MRO initiatives to identify and drive Procurement value across the business

Required Skills

  • Experience with sourcing, contracting and purchasing in Indirect categories particularly Capital Equipment, Engineering and Construction Services, and MRO.
  • 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 smaller, site led Capital projects and support larger Strategic Initiatives.

Required Experience

  • BS degree from an accredited university, preferably in business, supply chain management or engineering, or equivalent work experience may be considered.
  • Capable of communicating effectively (both oral and written) across all levels of the organization.
  • Proficiency with SAP ARIBA and SAP particularly in PO creation (P2P), release and updating pricing info records, conducting RFP’s, catalogs, collaboration, sourcing.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7 years’ work experience in a global industrial/manufacturing environment with at least 5 years’ experience in sourcing processes, contract negotiations, and tactical and strategic procurement projects.


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: Baltimore