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Indirect Sourcing Associate

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Date: Apr 4, 2021

Location: Wickliffe, OH, US, 44092

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.

At Lubrizol, our mission is straightforward: We improve lives as an essential partner in our customers’ success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Read the cover story in Smart Business Magazine to learn how Lubrizol plans to advance its growth.


Summary of Responsibilities:

Looking for an ideal team player who would report to the Indirect Procurement Manager.  Responsible for representing Lubrizol to supply base and facilitating the procurement of indirect goods and service supporting North American production plants. This individual will have accountability to support the procurement of a broad range of equipment, supplies and services in support of organization objectives and plant operations.   In addition, this individual will be responsible for ensuring that relationships between the company and vendors are maintained in a manner consistent with corporate policies, procedures and quality standards.


Perform assignments related to the procurement of goods and services including but not limited to negotiation and implementation of regional and national agreements, purchase of capital equipment, and contracting services required by Lubrizol’s chemical plants nationally. The individual shall work within the framework of the projects with multiple disciplinary teams (maintenance, project engineering, IT, legal, finance, accounts payable, etc.) to deliver an optimized solution from the total cost of ownership (TCO) and reduce operational risk to manufacturing plants and project engineering team.

Primary activities include:

  • Act professionally in all work activities in a legal and ethical manner in compliance with applicable laws and support compliance of all corporate policies and regional/local Health, Safety, Environmental and Security practices.
  • 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
  • Identify and implement opportunities for cost savings; reductions, rebates
  • Ensure master data is accurate to allow efficient order processing and payment
  • Ensure current commercial contracts and Alliance Agreements are being followed
  • Lead and manage vendors and contractors to ensure Lubrizol’s deliverables are met
  • Locate and assist with qualifying supply sources
  • Negotiate restocking fees, freight terms, payment terms and all 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
  • Perform GR/IR reconciliation in order to solve issues including blocking invoices inside VIM system
  • Build strong internal customer relationships
  • Train and educate others about purchasing process
  • Other duties as defined



Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in supply chain, business administration, logistics, finance, accounting, economics, engineering, or other technical degree
  • Three to Five years related indirect procurement experience
  • 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
  • Proficient with SAP and Ariba

Lubrizol Benefits

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Competitive salary with performance based bonus plans

401K Match plus Age Weighted Defined Contribution Plan

Competitive medical, dental & vision offerings

Health Savings Account


With multiple facilities in and around Cleveland, Ohio, Lubrizol is located in one of the largest economic regions in the United States. For the last seven years Lubrizol has been named one of the top workplaces in Northeast Ohio, and in 2016 was judged as the number one workplace by Northeast Ohio’s annual Top Workplaces survey. Buzzing with business, culture, knowledge and entertainment, Northeast Ohio is a vibrant place for people of all ages and walks of life to live, learn, work and play.  This region offers a little bit of everything for everyone - ethnically-diverse communities, affordable housing, award-winning schools and universities, world-class healthcare, indoor waterparks and zoos, ski resorts, museums, halls of fame, one of the longest water-fronts in the country, and the most concentrated square mile of art, cultural, education and health institutions in the nation.  From making your heart race at Cedar Point, to attending a professional sporting event or biking or hiking through over the 100,000 acres of state parks, to catching a Broadway show at Playhouse Square - the second largest performing arts center in the country, you can make it happen right here in Cleveland, Ohio.


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.


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Please let us know if you need an accommodation to proceed with your application for a posted job, or with any other aspect of the interview or assessment process.  You can either call 440-943-4200 and ask for Talent Acquisition or send an email to talentacquisition@lubrizol.com. Please note that this phone line and email address are not to be used for checking on the status of an already submitted application and not to be used by third party recruiters.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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