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Sourcing Associate

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The Lubrizol Corporation

Brecksville, OH

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Sourcing Associate




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Sourcing Associate

Lubrizol Advanced Materials is an essential ingredient in improving lives. Our innovative products enhance the shampoos, lotions and soaps you use; the medicine you take; the sports apparel and shoes you wear; the detergents that keep your whites whiter and your colors from fading; the medical devices that speed your recovery and enhance your comfort; the specialty coatings that make your wood furniture, floors and cabinets more durable, more beautiful and more sustainable; and the plumbing systems in your home that will never corrode, pit or scale. With such a diverse portfolio, Lubrizol Advanced Materials offers unparalleled career growth opportunities for top-talent. For the last seven years Lubrizol has been named one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio, and in 2016 was judged as the number one workplace by Northeast Ohio’s annual Top Workplaces survey at ~~~ . To learn more about each of our core businesses, click on the following links: Estane® Engineered Polymers at ~~~/ , Personal Care at ~~~/ , Home Care at ~~~/ , Lubrizol LifeSciences at ~~~ , Performance Coatings at ~~~ , and Lubrizol CPVC Piping Systems at ~~~/ .

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Associate Sourcing Manager reports to the Director of LZAM Procurement. Responsible for the Strategy and execution related to purchases of raw materials through Distribution. The role will concentrate on the big three distribution companies, but will coordinate across the other sourcing managers to optimize the purchases through distribution. Will work to optimize value (security of supply, cost of ownership, competitive advantage) for the company in alignment with business objectives and represent the Lubrizol brand to our supply base. This role will work closely with the other sourcing managers in NA to understand the business drivers for the purchases through distribution, their value and needs within the business, and overriding strategies for their purchase. This position is located at the Brecksville, Ohio site.

Essential Job Functions:

Responsible for the effective procurement of raw materials from Distribution supporting the Americas region of LZ; coordinates with other colleagues to co-manage and develop the Lubrizol supplier base

Develop and execute strategy for Distribution spend on Raw Materials

Understand and manage the “Tail Spend” for raw materials across the businesses coordinating sourcing plans with Procurement Sourcing partners for the business

Analyze spend with distribution companies, optimizing for ease of business, cost, and strategic development

Develop and execute sourcing plans for Distribution spend including contract negotiations, managing supplier relations, and supplier performance.

Function as the raw material portfolio manager by handling relevant technical and commercial questions relating to that portfolio and taking appropriate action if necessary.

Maintain purchasing records in SAP and other electronic forms, as necessary.

Adhere and promote compliance with company QHS&E policies, practices, and procedures.

Respect and apply all corporate and procurement policies, procedures and strategies.

Represent Lubrizol in a professional, legal and ethical manner and maintain the integrity of the brand.

Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of (3) three years’ procurement experience OR Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, supply chain or logistics from an accredited college or university with high degree of interest in procurement

Minimum (2) years’ experience in the chemical industry preferred

Fluent in English with strong written and verbal communication skills

Must be able to relate well with individuals at various levels, inside and outside of organization

Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills

Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite


Proven relationship building interactions – sales or technical calls, client relationships, etc.

Chemical Distribution knowledge, understanding of main players and their role in the industry

Buyer responsibilities in a large matrix company operation

ERP systems experience, including SAP and BOBJ knowledge

Knowledge of sourcing/purchasing methods and negotiation skills

With multiple facilities in and around Cleveland, Ohio at ~~~/ , Lubrizol is located in one of the largest economic regions in the United States. Buzzing with business, culture, knowledge and entertainment, Northeast Ohio at ~~~/ is a vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to live, learn, work and play. This region offers a little bit of everything for everyone - ethnically-diverse communities, affordable housing, award-winning schools and universities, world-class healthcare, indoor waterparks and zoos, ski resorts, museums, halls of fame, one of the longest water-fronts in the country, and the most concentrated square mile of art, cultural, education and health institutions in the nation. From making your heart race at Cedar Point, to attending a professional sporting event orbiking or hiking through over the 100,000 acres of state parks, to catching a Broadway show at Playhouse Square - the second largest performing arts center in the country, you can make it happen right here in Cleveland, Ohio .

Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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Updated 04/10/2018

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The Lubrizol Corporation
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Company Profile
By formulating complex chemicals at the molecular level, Lubrizol engineers and chemists develop additives, ingredients and compounds that amplify the quality and performance of other products while reducing their environmental impact. And those products cover a wide range of applications, including lubricants and fuels, metalworking fluids, performance coatings, inks, personal care and over-the-counter pharmaceutical products, computers, sports gear, high-performance apparel, even ice cream. Lubrizol customers know and value our ability to solve problems, and welcome our eagerness to make their products more marketable -- and their companies more successful.

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