Procurement Specialist

Company: Emerald Performance Materials, LLC ( Learn More )

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Job Description

Under the supervision of the Director of Global Indirect Procurement, the Procurement Specialist will be responsible for negotiating best terms for quality, service, price and delivery necessary to meet specific budget and schedule requirements. This position is also responsible for supplier relationships including contacting supplier to schedule deliveries or to discuss shortages or missed deliveries and answer questions regarding order changes or cancellations.


  • Collaborates with business stakeholders to ensure sourced goods and services meet business needs.
  • Uses specifications to purchase required materials and components from qualified vendors that meet requirements for quality, price and delivery.
  • Confers with vendors to obtain product or service information such as price, availability, and delivery schedule.
  • Reviews bid proposals and negotiates contracts within budgetary limitations and scope of authority.
  • Supports Procure-to-Pay process, including vendor set-up, and the creation and payment of purchase orders.
  • Maintains records of purchases including, the vendor part numbers, expected delivery dates, prices, and partial deliveries.
  • Reviews requisitions to ensure accuracy and completeness, generates the purchase order in the computer system and places purchase orders with vendors.
  • Proactively expedites purchased items to meet delivery requirements of the project. This may involve asking a vendor to change delivery of specific item(s) within a purchase order.
  • Works with vendors to resolve discrepancies with quantity and quality of materials, components, indirect materials or services received.
  • Identifies items to be returned to vendors and records progress for return authorization, shipping the items, and credit to account or refund. Works with the vendors to obtain corrective and preventative action reports.
  • Supports Procurement Productivity initiatives and process improvements.
  • Assist Receiving/Accounts Payable in resolving receipt/invoice discrepancies.
  • Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.
  • Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

    Quality Specific Goals:

  • Comply with Company policies, Quality Management Systems, Quality Goals, and regulations
  • Complete all planned training within the defined deadlines
  • Identify and report any quality or compliance concerns and take immediate corrective action
  • Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in one of the following areas: Business, Finance, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Operations Management or Engineering.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years related Procurement experience; Chemical industry experience preferred.
  • Experience identifying, selecting and managing suppliers through a seven-step Strategic Sourcing (or similar) process.
  • Strong communication, project management, decision-making and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate issues and concerns with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Solid understanding of the importance of maintaining high levels of internal customer satisfaction.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Desired Characteristics:

  • CPM, CPIM or APICS certification.
  • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification.
  • Experience working with an ERP/MRP system
  • Prior experience working with cross-functional or geographically dispersed teams
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve issues and navigate through complexity
  • Job Requirements