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Indirect Sourcing Manager - Information Technology

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Date: Oct 5, 2022

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.




Summary of Responsibilities:

Looking for an ideal team player who will be responsible for representing Lubrizol to internal stakeholders and external suppliers, facilitating the procurement of indirect goods and service. This individual will have accountability to procure a slate of equipment, supplies and services at the optimal value and negotiate arrangements for budget limitations.  In addition, this individual will be responsible for ensuring that relationships between the company and vendors are maintained to the satisfaction of all parties. The position reports to an Indirect Procurement Manager. 


Perform assignments related to the procurement of goods and services including but not limited to negotiation and implementation of regional agreements and purchases of capital equipment, indirect supplies and services, and contracting services required by Lubrizol’s headquarters and chemical plants in the North America region. The individual shall work within the framework of the projects with multiple disciplinary teams (finance, human resources, information technology, project management,, legal, etc.) to deliver an optimized solution from the cost, Total Cost of Ownership and risk standpoint to Corporate headquarters, business segments, the manufacturing plants and project management teams.


Primary activities include:

  • Act professionally at all times and handle all work activities in a legal and ethical manner in compliance with applicable laws and Lubrizol policies.
  • Work collaboratively with internal stakeholders and vendors to meet organizational needs
  • Ability to research and identify capable vendors or contractors and initiate selection, qualification, and approval of new vendors
  • Manage preparation, execution, and maintenance of electronic Request for Information, Request for Quotes, and Request for Proposals through delivery and project close out.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor national alliance agreements and Master Service Agreements
  • Communicate, follow-up and maintain the commercial agreements in his/her portfolio
  • Perform procurement administrative tasks such as purchase requisition audits, purchase order management, invoice management and expediting as required.
  • Collect, analyze, and assure quality and accuracy of the spend analysis where applicable
  • Assist corporate cross functional teams in defining project scope commercially viable (functional definition, value analysis)
  • Maintain files and communicate non-conformance issues internally and with vendors
  • Educate others involved with the project on procurement policies and procedures
  • Negotiate spot purchases and agreements; enter, monitor, maintain and check compliance purchase orders and contracts in SAP
  • Proactively resolve issues relating risk, schedule, TOC and invoice verification and processing as required.
  • Support compliance of all corporate policies and regional/local Health, Safety, Environmental and Security practices.


Skills, Qualifications, Experience, Special Physical Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Extensive experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 3+ years of relevant information technology procurement and contract management experience preferably in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience negotiating IT software, hardware, network, cloud, professional services, and other IT-related 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 service owners, stakeholders, and senior leadership.
  • Communicate effectively and build strong, sustainable relationships with both internal stakeholders and vendors. 
  • Balances time between daily procurement operation activities and strategic planning/projects.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed organization


Considered a plus:

  • Global IT procurement experience
  • Master of Business Administration
  • APICS/CPSM/CPM. certification or work towards designation
  • Proficient with SAP S/4HANA and Ariba



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
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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