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We seek to hire a self-propelling sourcing manager with a strong drive for results who will be responsible for Direct and Indirect Spend. A team player who can make the connection between our business needs and our suppliers, to deliver an outstanding performance at acceptable costs.

Within the broad spend responsibility there are two main categories: Raw Materials & Logistics. The challenge will be to combine sourcing of these main categories and the remaining spend in a dynamic business environment.

Key objective of the position

The task of the Sourcing Manager is to carry out commercial and strategic aspects of purchasing for the Direct and Indirect spend. For Raw Materials the focus is on commodities such as Sulfur and Sulfuric Acid. Annual spend in this category is +/- €35m annually.  
For Logistics the sourcing includes rail, road, sea freight, barging, storage and handling services for the Caprolactam and Ammonium Sulphate activities of Fibrant. Annual spend in this category is +/- €25m annually.  Next to the Raw Materials and Logistics, the Sourcing manager will also be heavily involved in Technical Goods purchasing for our plants at the Geleen site. The Sourcing manager works closely and in cooperation with all stakeholder functions, such as Supply chain management, Plant management, Marketing & Sales management and Legal.

Principal Accountabilities

Strategic Purchasing

  • As a strategic buyer, develop and execute sourcing strategies for assigned categories.
  • To seek synergy/leverage for the purchase of allocated categories generating the optimal TCO for the business. Such leverage may be internally or with other businesses at the Chemelot site.
  • To ensure that all business needs are understood and included in strategy determination.
  • To manage the relationships with our strategic partners.
  • To have a broad understanding of markets.
  • To have specific experience and skills in the negotiation of contracts.

Commercial Purchasing

  • To develop, negotiate, monitor and manage supply agreements in line with the approved/agreed purchasing plans.
  • To evaluate and select suppliers.
  • To set up and manage supplier performance and initiate improvement programs where needed.
  • To manage the portfolio of contracts and to ensure that all relevant spend is covered with up to date agreements.

Activities and responsibilities

  • Negotiate all related contracts.
  • Early warning/notification of significant price trends/changes.
  • Establish long-term agreements with suppliers.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the deals and contracts established.
  • Responsible for the setup, approval and evaluation system for suppliers.
  • Responsible for the up to date information in the appropriate systems.
  • Make and analyze reports for purchasing & supply chain management.
  • Ears and eyes in the market for new developments and opportunities.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree (or equivalent through experience).
  • Working experience: >5 years relevant working experience, including strategic purchasing and experience in raw materials and/or logistics, preferably with an understanding of ADR requirements and the chemical industry.
  • Language skills: fluent in English. Additional languages are an asset.

About Fibrant

Our story begins in 1952, when we commissioned our first factory for the production of Caprolactam in The Netherlands. Nowadays, Fibrant is part of HSCC (also known as Highsun Group China). Together we are the largest Caprolactam and Ammonium Sulfate producer in the world with production facilities in The Netherlands (Geleen) and China (Fuzhou and Nanjing).

From our headquarters in the chemical heart of the Netherlands, Fibrant aims to be the undisputed market leader in Caprolactam, Cyclohexanone and Ammonium Sulfate. Innovation and sustainability are key drivers for success. With our introduction of EcoLactam®, our latest generation of products, we are proud to set the standard in low carbon footprint, bio-based and circular Caprolactam. Fibrant serves via her valued business partners the majority of value chains amongst which the textile, automotive, food packaging and agricultural chains. All relying on Fibrant’s high-quality and sustainable products.

In the Netherlands Fibrant employs a staff with over 350 professionals, located at the head office in Urmond and the Chemelot-site in Geleen. Fibrant stands for ‘pure chemistry’ which not only refers to setting the benchmark in sustainable products and innovation but also to the chemistry among employees and business partners. 

What does Fibrant offer?

We offer you a pleasant balance between strategic and commercial activities towards (potential) suppliers and partners and working from the head office in Urmond combined with home office. At Fibrant we unconditionally believe in craftsmanship. We are convinced that our people make the difference. We do not limit our employees to purely fulfill their job description. Everyone is invited and encouraged to take that extra step. In this liberating concept employees receive and take responsibility. It leads to opportunities to develop yourself, both on a personal and professional level. We work safely and take each other into account. We value a culture of trust in which we all take our responsibility. We do things in the Fibrant way: with Passion, Ownership and by Building on strengths.

The employment benefits package includes a competitive salary and other secondary salary components (including a flexibly deployable personal budget) within a multicultural, innovative, solid and internationally distinctive company. Fibrant offers ample challenges and career opportunities in the future.  

Procedure

Do you recognize yourself in our story and is the position appealing to you? That makes you the perfect candidate for us. We look forward to receiving your application. Send your CV and motivation in English or Dutch via our website. Reference check procedures are part of the Fibrant Recruitment & Selection Process. You will be contacted when these references checks are required.

If you have questions regarding this job opening, send your email to hrsupport.fibrant@fibrant52.com 

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