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Third Party Manufacturing Sourcing Manager

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Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Brecksville, OH, US, 44141

Company: Lubrizol Corporation


The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company serving customers in more than 100 countries. We own and operate manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Through our global sales and manufacturing networks, we are able to deliver the products and services our customers need, where and when they need them.


As the Lubrizol Advanced Materials business continues its growth trajectory, the role of utilizing external expertise and assets is expanding. This role will be an integral part of supporting business growth plans by enabling use of external partners, capabilities, and assets. As Procurement lead for designated projects, this role will serve as a critical element of business development. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop, implement and monitor the strategy to select, launch, and execute ongoing 3PM relationships. 
  • Working with the 3PM Portfolio Director, represent Procurement interests in make vs. buy and business case decisions on sourcing externally.
  • Identify credible 3PM partners based on needs to meet long-term manufacturing strategy determined by business and operations.
  • Lead the management of supplier portfolios by contract & agreement in order to ensure HSEQ performance, product & service availability to obtain competitive advantage for Lubrizol while meeting the intent of the business case.
  • Serve as contract administrator as needed to resolve escalated quality, cost and supply chain issues in a constructive manner with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Measure and monitor key business measures ensuring the solution meets the needs of the business case and internal partners.
  • Work with 3PM Portfolio and 3PM Operations Directors to implement Best Practices to drive 3PM excellence and work processes
  • Evaluate Supplier Performance and business continuity capabilities in coordination with operations/manufacturing.
  • Adhere to and promote compliance with company policies, practices and procedures.
  • Represent Lubrizol in a professional, legal and ethical manner; maintain integrity of LZ brand


Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field (a combination of a Bachelor’s degree in another field along with extensive experience working with external manufacturing will be considered as well)
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience
  • Fluent in English with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good negotiation skills, experience with contract development and contract management
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Detail oriented with experience in Project management
  • Must be able to relate well with individuals at various levels, inside and outside of organization


Considered a Plus

  • At least 4 years chemical process experience in pilot plant or manufacturing facilities
  • Familiarity with SAP and experience with data analysis tools such as Excel, BW, Power BI
  • Supervisory experience
  • Six sigma certification or other project management training
  • Advanced degree



While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company.  We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.


Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, citizenship, age, religion, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic or trait protected by federal, state, or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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