Indirect Sourcing Manager

Evonik Allentown , PA 18101

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Sourcing Manager - Indirect Procurement

Location: Allentown, PA || United States : Allentown, PA || United States : Mobile, AL

Function: Procurement

Career Level: Senior professionals (> 5 years)

Legal Entity: Evonik Corporation

Business Line: Procurement (BS)

What we offer

You will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an ultra-modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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The Sourcing Manager II addresses indirect categories (non-raw material) within Evonik procurement. The role is responsible for all office and plant locations in the United States and Canada with respect to the purchase of Technical Equipment, Maintenance/Technical Services and General Goods & Services. We are looking for an ambitious and self-driven Sourcing Manager with excellent analytical and interpersonal skills coupled with strong business acumen. The Sourcing Manager II will work to ensure a sustainable and secure supply at a competitive cost advantage for new and existing businesses throughout the Americas Region. The candidate will be required to comply with Evonik's Procurement Policy and act in an honest and ethical manner. The candidate will comply with the guidelines set forth in the ISO Quality and Environmental Management System and execute his or her responsibilities as defined in the RC 14001 Management System.


Team Management

  • Set overall strategic direction and priorities for the responsible category. Identify national contract opportunities; seeking to address indirect spend of full organization, with focus on regional, national or global synergies. Coordinate with global counterparts where necessary.

  • Direct workload of the Category Sourcing Specialist via Planner

  • Audit documentation of competitive bid process within the category to ensure consistency and compliance to the Procurement Management Manual

  • Responsible for managing KPI's defined by Procurement Management

Strategic Sourcing

  • Manage key supplier relationships including contract/price negotiations as it pertains to indirect categories, including preparation and evaluation of the bid documents. Negotiate the optimization/extension of existing contracts and catalogs, including the generation of new contracts and catalogs. Dollar ranges up to $50 MM/year

  • Negotiate purchases of goods and/or services assuring highest quality, safety, time and cost effectiveness.

  • Minimize Evonik liability relative to quality management, licensing, insurance, taxes, and financial stability for Suppliers and Contractors supporting Evonik.

  • Evaluate performance of suppliers and contractors and recommend removal or addition to the approved bidders/suppliers list as necessary.

  • Manage and maintain electronic catalogs for e-Procurement programs like Ariba, RIsource for total process efficiency, productivity, cost savings and contract price compliance.

  • Provide training and troubleshooting for the requester user community.

  • Identify and document savings potential, especially in terms of sustainability and EBIT relevance

  • Identify and communicate regional market trends for the assigned categories.

  • Support compliance standards for Evonik policy and commercial contracts.

  • Support vendor prequalification process.

  • Support corporate procurement initiatives as needed (ie: sustainability, efficiency, supplier diversity, payment terms, systems integrations, acquisitions/divestitures


  • Bachelor's degree in a technical area such as engineering/chemistry with seven years experience in Purchasing or a related field is required. A Masters degree in Business such as an MBA is preferred.

  • Prior experience in the annual purchase of MRO/capital goods up to $50MM.

  • Must possess knowledge of business law, accounting principles, state tax laws, "Occupational Safety & Health Act" (OSHA), "Environmental Protection Agency" (EPA) and state licensing regulations, as well as a basic understanding of Quality Management Systems.

  • Outstanding negotiation abilities

  • Hands on experience with sourcing software

  • Sense of ownership and pride in your performance and its impact on Evonik's success.

  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills

  • Team player

  • Good time-management skills

  • Great communication, interpersonal and networking skills

Your Application

To ensure the fastest process of your application and to protect the environment, please apply online via our careers portal at


Evonik Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please note that Evonik will not accept any unsolicited application documents sent by staffing firms. Evonik works in conjunction with preferred service providers and will not pay any fee to staffing firms in the absence of an appropriate framework agreement. Should Evonik receive a candidate profile from a staffing firm with which it has no framework agreement, and should this candidate subsequently be considered in the recruitment process or offered employment, no claims from the staffing firm will be entertained in this regard.

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