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Indirect Sourcing Manager

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Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Wickliffe, Ohio, 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.

Looking for an ideal team player who would report to the Corporate Service Indirect Procurement Manager. Responsible for representing Lubrizol to supply base and 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 also 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.

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 Gulf Coast region. The individual shall work within the framework of the projects with multiple disciplinary teams (maintenance, project engineering, IT, legal, finance, human resources, etc.) to deliver an optimized solution from the cost, TCO and risk standpoint to Corporate headquarters, the manufacturing plants and project engineering team.

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 LZ policies.
  • Ability to research and identify capable vendors or contractors and Initiate selection, qualification and approval of new vendors
  • Manage preparation, and maintenance of paper and or 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
  • 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)
  • Proactively identify value creation opportunities for internal customers, sourcing globally
  • 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
  • Provide oversight to contractors to ensure Lubrizol’s deliverables are met, and feedback market insights to Procurement manager, interact functionally with strategic buyers
  • 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.
  • Five to ten years related indirect procurement experience
  • 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:

  • Involvement in outside professional groups
  • Social Media Marketing on internal corporate communication sites
  • Master of Business Administration

Understanding and working knowledge of construction “means and methods”.



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.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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