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Senior Buyer

Date: Mar 26, 2021

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.


Requisition ID: 18684

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 3,900 people in over 30 countries.


Job Description

We're hiring a Senior Buyer - Indirect Category, who will report to the Senior Manager, Strategic Sourcing. As a Senior Buyer, you will support our global Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) transformation to drive strategies and implement solutions focusing on Indirect (IT) category. Reponsibilities include:

  • 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. 
  • 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 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 Indirect Spend to identify and drive Procurement value across the business.

Required Skills

  • Proficient with SAP ARIBA and SAP particularly in PO creation (P2P), release and updating pricing info records, conducting RFP’s, catalogs, collaboration, sourcing.
  • Strong analytical experience and able to use and manipulate data to tell a story of the results.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with sourcing, contracting and purchasing of both Direct and Indirect categories particularly acids, solvents, organics and inorganics, EH&S, MRO, HR, Contractors, IT, Professional Services and Facilities.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage and execute 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.

Required Experience

  • BS degree in Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related. 
  • 7+ years Indirect category experience, with 3 years of IT- specific highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience using SAP ARIBA and have strong sourcing, negotiations skills along with strong analytical experience with the ability to interpet data and convey results, trends, risks, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supply chain certification (CSCP, CPIM, CFPIM).
  • MBA



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.


EOE Statement:  W. R. Grace & Co. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation.

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