Senior Manager, Raw Materials Procurement

Senior Manager, Raw Materials Procurement



Direct spend, Product Related

Date: May 6, 2022 – Location: Almere, NL, 1322 CE – Company: Kraton

Make a +Difference at Kraton!

At Kraton, we make a Positive Difference, and we are looking for individuals who are also looking to make a difference in their jobs, for our customers and to the world. We are looking to hire a key member of our Regional Procurement, Europe, team at our Almere location. Key responsible for purchasing of all non-pine raw materials.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead the raw materials procurement activities supporting business needs of all Pine Chemicals facilities in Europe.
  • Responsibility for selected CTO suppliers
  • Assume responsibility for adherence to the Kraton Purchasing Policies and Procedures and work as a member of the broader regional procurement organization.
  • Develop and maintain the purchasing policies, procedures and strategies in combination with Senior Director Regional Procurement.
  • This includes working capital management and contract strategies.
  • Develop regional strategy to ensure availability and cost effectiveness of non pine raw materials in combination with the stakeholders in the company (commercial, operations, supply chain, R&D)
  • Manage material supply chain according to demand
  • Assume responsibility for vendor and fabricator sourcing, bidding & bid evaluation, negotiation, recommendation for award, contract set-up and management.
  • Ensure that raw material and energy purchasing strategies and their implementation are supportive of and consistent with Kraton’s business strategy and ethics/compliance requirements.
  • Identify and capture cost saving opportunities by negotiating favorable contract terms and utilizing spot opportunities as the market allows in close combination with the commercial team
  • Keep track of global and regional supply/demand balances, and supplier specific cost positions. Identify early market trends for key raw materials (market knowledge and dynamics in various segments), and opportunities/risks and align with key stakeholders through POVs
  • Forecast raw material and energy price trends
  • Identify potential areas of improvement as part of continuous improvement and drive them to completion together with other functions within Kraton. Can be done in project form or other forms of collaboration depending on the size and scope of project.
  • Implement Global Source to pay business processes including establishing a global process organization, measuring process metrics, developing, and maintaining BPP’s and workflow diagrams & instructions, conducting process reviews and making appropriate process improvements.
  • Manage all internal databases used in course of work (potential to include raw materials database, tolling contracts and data, vendor database – issues, non-compliance, etc.)
  • Work closely with other functional areas like Commercial, Legal, Finance, Technology, R&D and Operations/Supply Chain as necessary to drive procurement category strategies.

Required Skills

  • 5-10 years of relevant experience in purchasing or commercial coordination.
  • Able to negotiate and develop effective strategies at high level to ensure lowest cost/best value to the company.
  • Establish and maintain effective strategic supplier relationships.
  • Able to understand technical issues and their impact on purchasing objectives.
  • Fluent in English.

Education, Certifications & Licenses

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Advanced degree preferred

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Kraton’s internal talent acquisition team manages our recruiting efforts and from time to time works with pre-selected/pre-approved external staffing agencies. We do NOT accept unsolicited resumes or candidate referrals from recruiters and/or agencies who are not pre-selected/pre-approved.

Kraton is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.