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Strategic Procurement Manager, Transportation Sourcing Job


King of Prussia, PA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Procurement / Purchasing
Posting Date:  Oct 9, 2021


This position reports to the Sr. Director Logistics.  Other positions reporting to the Sr. Director Logistics include 3 Domestic Transportation Strategic Purchasing Managers. This role will share one logistics analyst  who will be a shared resource with the Strategic Procurement Manager for Safety & Warehousing.



  • Key team member of centralized Corporate Logistics Purchasing organization that supports Arkema Inc.  Total spend in excess of $190 million annually.
  • Manager assigned to Full truckload, Less than Truckload, and small parcel services within the U.S. and Canada with purchasing responsibility of $35 million. 
  • Collaborates with Supply Chain, Manufacturing, HES, and other groups across the enterprise to qualify suppliers and establish budgetary guidelines for BUs.   
  • Facilitate the strategic sourcing process for the appointed Transportation spend categories to include market and industry analysis, supplier research and review, category and supplier segmentation, sourcing events, analysis, negotiations, contacting and implementation.
  • Directly supports key BU's (2-3) with transportation optimization and operational support as needed.




Logistics Procurement (40%)

  • Negotiate contracts and amendments with approved suppliers that are in alignment with Arkema legal and risk management standards
  • Learn to work with 3rd party tools (Bravo Solutions, Profit Point, TiContract) to add value to RFQ/RFP programs.
  • Monitor industry and regulatory developments to assure utilization of optimum supplier selections and mitigate negative impacts.
  • Analyze market trends and develop strategic sourcing activities that support the logistics plans for each business unit and plant, and achieve savings targets. 
  • Work with Sr. Director, Logistics to manage supplier relationships, hold regular supplier review meetings, administer vendor metrics, and direct operational efficiencies where needed.
  • With the support of the Sr. Director, Logistics, lead cross-functional teams to obtain consensus for the strategy and successful operational implementation plans.
  • Learn to establish and execute purchasing programs that balance safety and HES compliance with cost and service levels
  • Create analytical models and SAP reports to document and validate supplier savings achieved from RFQs and special cost reduction projects.
  • Qualify new transportation carriers as business needs dictate, ensuring compliance with the carrier qualification policies


Logistics Safety (20%)

  • Help drive actions necessary to achieve in-transit Safety goals with suppliers.
  • With the support of the Sr. Director Logistics, develop processes and procedures for the Logistics Non-Conformance program, a corporate database that tracks all supplier delivery incidents and customer complaints.  Create trend reports that drive performance improvements for all modes of transportation. 
  • Develop, aligns and drives strategic projects to improve procurement processes, tools, and efficiencies


Logistics Processes and Continuous Improvement (20%)

  • Establish annual service framework agreements with internal business unit Supply Chain partners and meet on a regular basis to assess progress of safety and savings initiatives.
  • Develop, aligns and drives strategic projects to improve procurement processes, tools, and efficiencies


Analytics (20%)

  • Drive analysis of financial and operational performance data (e.g. modeling, predictive analytics) to identify key insights and opportunities to improve the end-to-end transportation network (e.g. carrier strategy, mode allocation, port mixture, transportation flows, etc.)




  • 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.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents




  • Bachelor’s degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management, or Business is required; MBA degree preferred
  • Minimum 7 years related experience
  • In depth knowledge of business analytics
  • Significant track record of savings achieved through innovative procurement programs and tactics
  • SAP experience is preferred
  • Experience in sourcing methodology



  • Effective communication skills
  • Strong negotiation and contract skills
  • Strong supplier management skills
  • Ability to influence and lead others through change


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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