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Indirect Supply Associate

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Datum: 5-aug-2022

Plaats: Westerlo Oevel, BE, 2260

Bedrijf: Lubrizol Corporation

Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact.   Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets.  These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel.  In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives. 


Summary of Responsibilities:

Reports to Procurement Manager or Procurement Supervisor.  Responsible to procure a slate of equipment, supplies and services at the optimal value (security of supply, cost, competitive advantage) and represent the Lubrizol brand to supply base.   Evaluate and select vendors, manage PO fulfillment, identify alliance opportunities in alignment with operations and site management needs (Cost/HSE/Quality/Service levels/Regulations).


Essential Job Functions:

  • Locate and assist with qualifying supply sources
  • Create vendor profiles and monitor critical suppliers for continued viability
  • Identify commodity areas to better manage and submit for bidding
  • Identify industry trends
  • Negotiate restocking fees, freight terms, payment terms and areas that enhance value
  • Ensure contracts are being followed and continually improve price, quality and service
  • Assist buying staff to implement contracts and fully leverage Lubrizol's spend
  • Use RFIs (request for information) and RFQs (request for quotations) / RFPs (request for proposals) to identify best supply source
  • Work with requisitioners to ensure PO’s are clear and accurately reflect internal needs
  • Ensure master data is accurate to allow efficient order processing and payment
  • Manage the "procure through payment" process for maximum efficiency—PO’s, receiving, payment, GR/IR for assigned areas
  • Identify and implement opportunities for cost savings; reductions, rebates, terms
  • Build strong internal customer relationships
  • Train and educate others about purchasing process
  • Active involvement in outside professional groups
  • The Indirect Supply Associate position forms the foundation of the professional Indirect Supply Manager family.  As such, increasing responsibilities and opportunities will be provided as proficiency and skills increase.


Specific for North America

  • Review Procurement Card reports to identify opportunities for adding value to Lubrizol
  • Active involvement with Berkshire Hathaway and other consortium type opportunities


Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in supply chain, business administration, logistics, finance, accounting, economics, engineering, or other technical degree
  • Fluent in English with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to relate well with individuals at various levels, inside and outside of the organization
  • Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Understanding of sourcing/purchasing methods and negotiation skills



  • SAP and BW knowledge


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.

Banensegment: Logistics, Supply, Supply Chain, Procurement, RFP, Operations, Sales