Transportation Purchasing Director

Job location:
Roswell, GA
Created moment:
November 25, 2020
Job reference:
REQ - 03598

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Transportation Purchasing Director

Job Summary

The North America Transportation Purchasing Manager is in charge of leading all modes of transportation in the region, which includes:


  • Leadership over all three major transportation modes – truck, rail and ocean

  • Focus on ocean freight, container shipping and drayage, as this leader will act as category manager, with an indirect relationship to the global category director

  • Lead and consult in all other logistics-related areas, such as warehousing, intermodal transport, cost-to-serve modeling, TMS, software support, etc.

  • Drive on-going improvements with major providers through Supplier Relationship Management process (SRM), including periodic meetings which include problem solving, cost reduction, maintenance objectives, plant shutdown support, etc.


Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead the transportation strategy for NA (all modes) and Ocean for SA

  • Identify, manage and execute sourcing projects in transport-related areas within North America to drive down costs, optimize rates, reduce accessorial costs and ensure excellent, uninterrupted service to Imerys’ plant operations. 

  • Collaborate directly with the business Supply Chain  and Operations leadership and teams to optimize overall logistics costs to the plants

  • Based on direction from Group Energy Manager and Global Purchasing, follow and implement purchasing policy, category strategy/processes, and related purchasing and transportation management tools/software. 

  • Act as a pulse check and voice of the internal customer (site manager/operations/supply chain leaders) to the ongoing category management approach of the Transportation category.

  • Develop key regional supplier relationship management (SRM) program under the umbrella of global Purchasing SRM program, ensuring integration of these programs with the Business Area priorities.

  • Manage associated regional contract, price application/control, periodic contract review (to quantify supplier performance)


Skills and Attributes Requirements:

  • Established expertise in the broad transportation sector in North America (Rail, Truck & Ocean), and Ocean for South America with an industrial emphasis; understands global transportation/logistics drivers.  

  • Experience in leading regional projects based on category management concepts and group purchasing approach desired

  • Extensive experience negotiating with providers of all modes of transportation - Rail; Ocean; Truck

  • Excellent, demonstrated collaboration and relationship-building skills required; relationships will be extensive

  • Ability to collaborate with strong, defined technical resources, engineers and leaders, as well as plant operations leader

  • Strong project management skills


Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain (or related field) required

  • 10-15 years’ advanced experience in transportation purchasing, with direct experience in management of all transportation modes is required

  • Experience in leading regional projects based on category management concepts and Corporate purchasing approach desired

    IMERYS... Mineral Solutions to create tomorrow's world.  Imerys is a Paris based Global Leader, who transforms minerals into thousands of high valued specialty mineral products essential for our Customers' Products. 

     IMERYS offers competitive benefits including: medical/dental insurance, 401K matching, paid vacation etc. 

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Position Type

Full time



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