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Operational Buyer

Location for this role is in Charlotte, NC, St Marys, PA, Valencia, CA, or Arkadelphia, AR.


This position is responsible for managing the effective and efficient purchasing of components, commodities, services, and capital equipment for the sites in North America. Focus on long term vision for company and commodities and an industry knowledge expert. This position is responsible for the implementation of the initiatives of Global Purchasing.



  • Responsible for the management of suppliers in area of responsibility/categories.
  • Formulates strategies for categories and serves as subject-matter expert on key categories of goods and services.
  • Develops and executes action plans to meet targets for cost, quality, and delivery.
  • Negotiates prices, terms, and conditions of agreements and executes agreements with suppliers.
  • Interfaces with Group Legal on agreements and approves executive contract summaries for Group Legal.
  • Evaluates industry trends to determine potential impacts and initiates actions to ensure continuity of supply chain. 
  • Conducts semiannual audits of key suppliers to assess cost, quality, and delivery.
  • Investigates potential suppliers for optimum alignment of capabilities with requirements.
  • Develops domestic and international long-term relationships with suppliers.
  • Mentors and coaches operational buyers on key accountabilities.
  • Manages purchases of goods and services for sites and completes transactions for purchasing in SAP.
  • Coordinates agreements for goods and services covered by local, national, or global agreements
  • Serves as interface between sites and suppliers to ensure prompt resolution of issues (delivery, quality, etc.).
  • Creates materials in SAP and maintains database of materials with respect to prices, sources, etc.
  • Organizes documentation to create or to update vendors and coordinates documentation with corporate office.
  • Researches discrepancies between invoices and purchase orders and approves invoices for accounts payable.
  • Validates local contracts and obtains certificates of liability insurance for projects.
  • Ensures compliance with policies and procedures of Group Legal and Global Purchasing.
  • Performs other duties as required to support objectives of sites and Global Purchasing


Your Profile:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or university.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in procurement.  Experience in manufacturing preferred.
  • Proficiency with Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.   
  • Experience with SAP preferred.
  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively and to provide world-class customer service.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills and ability to prioritize and to simultaneously handle multiple tasks.
  • Must fluently read and speak English

Our Promise:

Convince us with your skills and strengths – in an experienced team, working on challenging tasks. With our leading-edge technologies and materials, you will have freedom to act and a wide range of development opportunities. Attractive remuneration as well as smart fringe benefits are part of our offer.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

We provide equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other classification protected under applicable federal, state or local law. 
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Reasonable Accommodation Notice
SGL Carbon, LLC is committed to the inclusion of qualified individuals. As part of this commitment SGL Carbon, LLC will provide accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant. If you'd like to view a copy of the company's affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email . If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at or 704-593-5250.

SGL Carbon is a leader in the development and manufacture of products based on specialty graphite and compo­sites materials. Using our comprehensive technology know-how and in close partnership with our customers, we develop intelligent and leading-edge solutions for the big issues of mobility, energy and digitization.

SGL Carbon has more than 4,800 employees worldwide and 29 sites in Europe, North America and Asia, and a ser­vice network in over 100 countries.

Publication Date:  May 22, 2024

Charlotte, NC, US, 28262

Business Unit:  Corporate Functions
Legal Unit:  SGL CARBON, LLC
Functional Area:  Purchasing
Employment Type:  Full time
Minimum Salary:  44000
Maximum Salary:  66000

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte

Job Segment: Accounts Payable, Liability, Compliance, Supply Chain, ERP, Finance, Insurance, Legal, Operations, Technology

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