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Wacker Chemical Corporation Strategic Procurement Manager in Ann Arbor, Michigan

span class="jobdescription"span/span spanOur world needs ideas! As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors - from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber - for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,600 employees from 70 nations./span spanAt our site in Ann Arbor, we are currently looking for a Strategic Procurement Manager to join our growing team./span uJob Responsibilities/uulliLead and facilitate the coordination with other WCC departments with the timely procurement and delivery of key materials and services. Lead timely preparation for Procurement Monthly Reports, KPI's, forecasts, audits, supplier complaints/claims/evaluations and other reporting as necessary./liliCollaborate effectively with Procurement colleagues in Germany to help develop purchase agreements in a manner that ensures all Wacker requirements and special terms and conditions are met. /liliLead joint meetings with Operations, Technical, EHS, Business Units/Teams and other departments to review requirements, specifications, new or existing sources of supply, forecasts, recommendations for reduced procurement spend, etc./liliLead role in developing and implementing negotiation strategies that satisfy the objectives of all Business Units/Teams and production. Research and understand the market conditions, advances in technology, supplier performance and economic forecasts. Keep Business informed regarding economic conditions, market conditions, lead times and shifts in pricing. Professionally resolve problems (both internal and external) in a fair and ethical manner while protecting the long-term interests of the Company./liliProvide leadership, guidance and direction to other departments with regards to supplier relations and meeting external customer's expectations. Investigate and evaluate new sources of supply, conduct meetings with suppliers and continually endeavor to keep abreast of developments that influence the various markets. Coordinate, conduct, and participate in meetings and discussions between suppliers and/or related personnel concerning subjects other than normal price, delivery or quality negotiations (i.e. value analysis, new methods, techniques, processes, etc.). Conduct on-site reviews of supplier facilities and productsrocess capabilities to assess current and potential supplier qualifications./liliDevelop and implement cost reduction strategies in support of annual cost reduction targets./liliDevelop and manage strategic supplier sourcing and selection including global sourcing to achieve performance, quality, EHS, price and materials strategies. Direct, negotiate and manage contracts./liliDevelop and implement procurement department policies and procedures and make contributions in line with strategies to achieve raw material targets and goals./li/ul uRequired Qualifications/uulliMinimum of Bachelor's degree required Master's Degree is preferred./liliMinimum of 5 years of experience in a similar role or work experience in Procurement for a large global/multinational company, preferably within the chemical and manufacturing industries with proven successful job performance./liliPrior leadership role in contract management, RFQ bid process, contract law and Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) preferred ./liliGood understanding of negotiation strategies, and risk management./liliExcellent and proven negotiation skills; ability to read, understand, an