Indirect Sourcing Manager - Information Technology

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Date: Sep 15, 2023

Location: Wickliffe, OH, US, 44092 Brecksville, OH, US, 44141 Deer Park, TX, US, 77536

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life. 



Summary of Responsibilities:

Looking for an ideal team player who will be responsible for representing Lubrizol to suppliers and facilitating the procurement of goods and services. This individual will be accountable for the procurement of indirect Information Technology equipment, software, and professional services in support of organizational and corporate objectives. In addition, this individual will perform a combination of sourcing, contract management and vendor performance management in a manner consistent with Lubrizol’s corporate policies, procedures, and quality standards. Promotes alignment by understanding and communicating internal customer needs and requirements throughout the organization. This position will report to the IS Procurement Manager


Primary activities include:

  • Always act professionally and handle all work activities in a legal and ethical manner in compliance with applicable laws and Lubrizol policies.
  • Negotiate complex information technology agreements including, but not limited to, software, hardware, network, Device-as-a-Service (DaaS), cloud, Non-disclosure (NDA), master services agreements (MSA) and professional services agreements.
  • Lead contract development, negotiate contracts, draft commercial terms, manage contract approval (NDAs, MSAs, SOWs, POs, Purchase Requisitions, etc). 
  • Collaborate with legal counsel to identify risk and ensure mutually agreed terms and conditions are incorporated into final contracts.
  • Partner with internal customers to identify contract and purchase requirements to meet departmental and corporate needs.
  • Contract management, including updating the contract database, assisting with renewal notifications, price analysis, quality and service improvement reviews.
  • Conduct RFIs (request for information) and RFPs (request for proposals) via the Ariba system to identify best solution and price.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for process improvement, cost avoidance and cost reduction.
  • Vendor Management activities including the management of vendors and contractors to ensure Lubrizol’s receives the best service and price from our suppliers.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with both internal customers and suppliers.
  • Respect and apply all corporate and procurement policies, procedures and strategies.
  • Train and educate others about Lubrizol’s procurement policies and processes.


Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, business or supply chain.
  • 5+ years of relevant global information technology procurement and contract management experience preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating IT software, hardware, network, cloud and professional services contracts
  • Vendor Management or Supplier Relationship Management experience
  • Demonstrated negotiation, analytical, time management and organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to be a trusted advisor to stakeholders and senior leadership.
  • Communicate effectively and build strong, sustainable relationships with both internal stakeholders and vendors. 
  • Balances time between daily operation activities and strategic planning/projects.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficient with SAP and Ariba.
  • Ability to work in a Matrixed organization


Considered a plus:

  • Global IT procurement experience
  • Master of Business Administration
  • APICS/C.P.S.M./C.P.M. certification or work towards designation




If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.

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