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Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing, Direct Materials (Hybrid location & Relocation offered)

Date: Jan 31, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044 Houston, TX, US, 77026

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 20377 

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 hiring a Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing, Direct Materials who will lead the global strategic sourcing for their categories and is the primary business/functional partner to develop and implement the sourcing strategy while delivering continual reductions in total cost of ownership.  The scope includes sourcing, procuring and optimizing $200M in spend, encompassing all direct material purchases. The Sr. Manager - Global Strategic Sourcing will develop the souring strategy in partnership with key business and functional leaders and will work with the regional procurement organization to operationalize and execute the sourcing strategies.


This position is based at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD (relocation available) or Houston. We offer a hybrid split-week (3 days in the office, 2 days from home). 

The Senior Manager, Global Strategic Sourcing is the leader that develops, guides and measures three focus areas: supplier management, supplier risk mitigation and visibility, and business value. 




  • Promote Grace’s vision of striving to be a premier specialty chemicals and materials company and demonstrate and integrate its core values into daily activities.
  • Lead continuous supplier value improvement efforts internally and externally.  Delivers annual reductions in total cost of ownership.
  • Ensures business continuity, governance and management for all types of supplier risk
  • Utilizes advanced analytical skills and business intelligence to drive sourcing process end-to-end from selection through performance management to stay ahead of any sourcing issues and maximize value to Grace.
  • Drives step-change improvements to deliver leading edge performance while delivering cost reduction and cash flow productivity. 
  • Develops value-accretive strategies for goods and services which minimize the total cost of ownership to Grace.
  • Cleary communicates analysis results verbally and in written form
  • Effectively leads, influences and communicates across geographically and culturally diverse teams. 
  • Develops and understands cultural diversity of global supply base.

Required Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Science, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Supply Chain or related field.
  • 10+ years of strategic sourcing, procurement and/or supply chain experience in a world-class global chemical manufacturing company with at least 5 years in a leadership role.
  • Experience working within supply chain functions with proven leadership capability.
  • Experience working directly with suppliers, understanding trade-offs for total cost to serve of supplier and commercial needs, and collaborating with them to create a mutually beneficial joint business plan.
  • Hands-on experience working with multiple partners to resolve exceptions and negotiate best alternatives.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA and/or procurement or supply chain certification
  • Possesses strong analytical and conceptual skills linking issue resolution to process improvement and value creation for Grace. Proven capability of managing internal and supplier communication with results-driven mentality.



Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance

Life Insurance and Disability

Grace Wellness Program

Flexible Workplace

Retirement Plans 

401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%

Paid Vacation and Holidays

Parental Leave

Tuition Reimbursement

Company Donation Match Program

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