Purchasing Manager

Full-time, Surface Chemistry

Illinois, United States Apply Now Apply until: Open until further notice


Our Surface Chemistry Business Unit is one of the world’s leading specialty chemical manufacturers of surfactants, polymers and solvents, providing innovative surface chemistry technologies and solutions in industries such as agro, asphalt, cleaning, fabric care, mining, personal care and petroleum.

We are currently seeking a Purchasing Manager to join our Procurement Team. This position may be located at our Downtown Chicago Office or Morris facility. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Develops and proposes procurement strategies for raw materials to management. Develops and executes action plans after approval of the strategy.
• Survey markets for best source of new supply sources; contacts potential suppliers and negotiates most favourable proposals; builds and maintains solid relationships with suppliers.
• Responsible for the collection and interpretation of market data that contribute to cost of raw materials that are the purchaser’s direct responsibility and for other materials or suppliers, when requested by the Business Unit.
• Issues RFQ’s and negotiates supply contracts/agreements consistent with purchasing strategy.
• Evaluates Supplier performance based on price, delivery, quality and service and information received from internal users; acts as a team member in supplier ISO Audits.
• Monitors raw materials forecasts and usage of materials by working with demand planning and plant personnel when needed. Acts as liaison with suppliers in case of difficult supply situations or when the supply is interrupted.
• Anticipates and negotiates price changes and develops a thorough knowledge of products and services assigned to purchase.
• Advises purchasing management of industry competitive situations, alternative supply sources, material and service cost trends.
• Maintains effective communication and active participation with other Surface Chemistry Purchasing Agents/Buyers and Nouryon Purchasing Professionals to attain best price, quality and service for agreements with Suppliers. Supports when requested the purchasing activities of the Business Unit in the other regions
• Represents the Surface Chemistry BU both inside and outside Nouryon; builds and maintains a network of business contacts in support of organizational objectives; conducts business in a responsible and ethical manner.
• Performs other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to, all compliance and ISO audit activities

Job Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Business Management or related field required.
• At least five (5+) years’ experience in a Purchasing/ Procurement role; Preference for individuals with chemicals procurement experience.
• Strong knowledge of PC applications required; Working knowledge of SAP (or similar ERP system) highly desired.
• Strong negotiation, interpersonal, organizational and communication skills required.
• Ability to exchange and furnish information requiring detailed explanations and discussions with suppliers and various levels of personnel.
• Must be able to travel at least 15% of the time.

Discover the opportunity to join an international, dynamic, and responsible company that fosters the development of its employees globally. We want to be the best – to use our leading market positions to deliver a leading performance – and for that, we need YOU! Find out how our values make AkzoNobel the employer of choice.

As a leading specialty chemical company Nouryon is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at Nouryon is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US. 

Nouryon is an E-Verify Employer. 

Nouryon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).

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Surface Chemistry
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About Nouryon

We are a global specialty chemicals leader. Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care items. Building on our nearly 400-year history, the dedication of our 10,000 employees, and our shared commitment to business growth, strong financial performance, safety, sustainability, and innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.

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