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Indirect Sourcing Manager

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Date: Mar 31, 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 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 a 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:

  • 4-year college degree from an accredited institution in supply chain, logistics, finance, accounting, business, economics, engineering or other technical discipline.
  • three to seven  years related Indirect procurement experience
  • Ability to manage full sourcing projects and experience in leading and managing RFP process.
  • Ability to work in a Matrixed organization  
  • Strong SAP and Ariba
  • Strong purchasing knowledge and experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to relate well with individuals at various levels, inside and outside of the organization.
  • Demonstrated negotiation, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite

Considered a plus:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Involvement in outside professional groups


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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