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Strategic Procurement Manager, IT Sourcing Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Procurement / Purchasing
Posting Date:  Oct 21, 2021

The Strategic Procurement Manager leads, develops and participates in one or more Global/Regional Teams of professionals in driving competitive advantage and cost savings for Arkema. The Strategic Procurement Manager uses his/her expert knowledge of the creation and management of leveraged agreements, the management of key supplier and customer relationships, and the effective execution of supply planning and management processes, in the successful implementation, execution, and compliance to global procurement and spend category strategies, contracts, processes, and policies. This position will focus on performing these functions for all identified Regional/Global leverage opportunities for Information Systems and Technology requirements, as well as categories used at all North American locations and responsible for spend up to $80M annually.


Key Activities and Responsibilities


  • Responsible as subject-matter expect in developing sourcing strategies for the categories of Software, Licensing and Maintenance, Hardware (Purchasing and Maintenance) and IT services for One Time and Ongoing support in order to achieve the targeted savings of at least 10-15% of category spend and/or specific annual goals. Apply category and market analysis strategies and work with key stakeholders to drive and lead a proactive view for opportunities and value. (30%)
  • Responsible for negotiations with identified suppliers for contract completion and key performance requirements. (15%)
  • Lead cross-functional teams to obtain consensus for the strategy and applying the stage-gate and the strategic sourcing process.  Position will operate in a global matrixed environment and will work closely with the global and local IS&T management teams. (15%)
  • Manage preferred supplier relationships, including regular supplier review meetings and resolution of contractual issues.  Responsible for overall Supplier Relationship management as it applies to responsible categories and support required risk based reviews for qualification and supplier maintenance. (10%)
  • Integrate the supplier into operational process of Arkema, including Sustainable and Cybersecurity requirements. (10%)
  • Ensure compliance with all purchasing policies and procedures, ethical practices and adherence to relevant laws and regulations and other applicable corporate requirements and procedures. (10%)
  • Accountable for communicating with and involvement of business management on an on-going basis. (10%)


Context and Environment


  • Periodic travel may be required up to 20%.  Any required Travel will be reviewed as per the applicable project.
  • This position focuses on the strategic procurement process, supply sourcing, total cost reduction and meeting internal customer requirements.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)



Required Education/Qualifications/Experience


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required. 
  • A minimum of 10 years business experience, with at least 5 years of experience in the information technology markets and/or contracted services Procurement, preferable in the industrial markets.
  • Advanced experience required in the following areas:
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) required
  • Category Assessments
  • Project Management
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Market Analysis and Supply Options
  • E-Sourcing, Risk Based Qualifications, E-Catalogs and P2P process knowledge
  • SAP experience (preferred)


​​​​​​​Demonstrated Competencies


Successful candidate will possess following attributes and skills:


  • Advanced negotiation, communication and presentation skills
  • Results-oriented self-starter with strong business/financial acumen
  • Excellent analytical skill
  • Ability to lead through influence
  • Excellent communication skills (aural, verbal, written; both informal and formal)


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.


Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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