Category Packaging Buyer
Job Opportunity at KLA Industries

Posted on Jan 2

Location: Atlanta, GA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4181157

Our client is a multi-specialty chemical company committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. They innovate and partner with customers in diverse global end markets. Their products and solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability. Their lightweighting materials enhance cleaner mobility, formulations optimize the use of resources, and performance chemicals improve air and water quality. 

They have an opening for a Category Packaging Buyer
Job Overview and Responsibilities
For his/her purchase portfolio, to acquire related market knowledge, to execute and apply sourcing strategies, manage the assigned purchase portfolio, to conduct negotiations and implement contracts within corporate purchasing and Company guidelines based on a clear contract negotiation mandate. To closely collaborate with the site buyers across multiple sites to improve purchasing performance and to roll out negotiated contracts.
Business Partnering: 30%           
  • First point of contact for the Alpharetta based GBU’s (Composites and Specialty Polymers) for Logistics and Packaging related matters.
  • Collect, research and analyze the packaging material demands and needs of GBUs and integrate them into Category Strategies and projects.
  • Coordinate and lead internal project teams to ensure timely completion of goals and sourcing strategies. 
  • Interact with Directors, Heads of Purchasing and Site Buyers in the GBU’s affected by and/or involved with the category.
  • Participate in GBU Dashboard meetings as required.
Strategic Planning: 30%
  • Will follow market trends related to commercial, innovative, sustainable, regulatory (legal) and industry leading technologies and standards to ensure competitiveness; becoming a “Market Expert” for all assigned commodity groups.
  • Will stay current on information regarding key suppliers and competitors.
  • Responsible for integrating the above information into the development of Category Strategies.
  • Responsible for the implementation of assigned Category Strategies
  • Identify commodity projects and develop strategies with appropriate GBU personnel to design effective collaborative or commercial savings projects in spend areas of responsibility
  • Monitor and respond, if required, to business’ compliance and satisfaction with negotiated preferred supplier contracts.
  • Employ and foster growth in the use of e-tools.
Contracts & Negotiations: 40%
  • Develop RFQs/RFPs and initiate sourcing strategies based on results of market analysis, emerging trends and proven technologies all in line with the various business objectives of the Company. 
  • Support and lead major negotiations of packaging materials purchase by consolidating supplier base, rationalization and optimization of packaging material specification
  • Responsible for the contracts which bring most competitive and sustainable conditions as well as added value to the Company
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Purchasing, Business, Finance, Economics or Supply Chain
  • 5-7 years of purchasing experience related to the purchase of a variety of different packaging commodities (i.e. IBC, FIBC, Drums, corrugated materials, polystryrene, etc).
  • 5+ years of experience in the chemical or refinery industries are highly preferred.
  • Broad based understanding and experience negotiating contracts for packaging.
  • Experience in an international environment.
  • Strong business/commercial experience in conducting purchasing negotiations, maintaining good business relationships and establishing strategic alliances.
  • SAP experience a plus
  • Basic knowledge of pertinent national and international packaging regulations and certifications (UN & DOT)
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