Senior Buyer, IT Procurement Sourcing Lead

Date: Sep 5, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21878 

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 Buyer/Sourcing Lead who will be dedicated to Information Technology (IT) categories and support our global supply chain transformation. As a Senior Buyer, you will help drive strategies and implement solutions focusing on IT category spend.



This position is based at our corporate headquarters in Columbia, MD, or Houston, TX where we are establishing an office location. We offer a hybrid work schedule (3 days in the office and 2 days remote/working from home. 



  • 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 Global Operations 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 plant personnel, 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 Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related. 
  • 5-7 years Indirect category experience, with 3 years of IT- specific 
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience using SAP ARIBA and have strong sourcing, negotiations skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to use and manipulate data to tell a story of the results.
  • Proficient in MS Office, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • 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.
  • Able to work cross-culturally with colleagues and suppliers throughout the world.
  • Ability to manage small and large projects from multiple sources.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiar with SAP and/or ARIBA, conducting RFP’s, catalogs, collaboration, sourcing.
  • Working knowledge of logistics including Incoterms.
  • Supply chain certification (CSCP, CPIM, CFPIM).
  • MBA



  • 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

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore