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Strategic Purchasing Manager

This position is responsible for managing the effective and efficient purchasing of components, commodities, services, and capital equipment for the sites in North America. This position is also responsible for the implementation of the initiatives of Global Purchasing.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the management of suppliers in area of responsibility/catefories.
  • 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 internatinal long-term relationshis 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.
  • 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 sumultaneously handle multiple tasks.
  • Must fluently read and speak Englisih.
  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in procurement. Experience in manufacturing preferred. 

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.


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 4,700 employees worldwide and 31 sites in Europe, North America and Asia, and a ser­vice network in over 100 countries.

Publication Date:  Sep 9, 2023

Valencia, CA, US, 91355

Business Unit:  Corporate Functions
Legal Unit:  SGL CARBON, LLC
Functional Area:  Purchasing
Employment Type:  Full time
Minimum Salary:  80000
Maximum Salary:  120000

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles

Job Segment: Supply Chain Manager, Compliance, Accounts Payable, Supply Chain, Manager, Operations, Legal, Finance, Management

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