Plant Purchasing Manager

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Created moment:
March 23, 2021
Job reference:
REQ - 04021

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

Plant Purchasing Manager

Job Summary


The Plant Purchasing Manager, reporting to the South Europe & MEA Purchasing manager, will ensure the operational continuity of the different sites of his perimeter, Rubi, Alicante, El Ejido & Moron  and Mijas, for a total purchasing spend of 25M€.


Responsible of Local Purchases 

-Responsible of the purchase contracts for local purchases OpEx / CapEx
-Support deployment of larger CapEx on his/her sites
-Frequent local presence in the different sites of his/her perimeter 
-Sourcing new suppliers and negotiating contracts
-Propose and manage local purchase synergies
-Monitoring suppliers: Performance, KPI’s, Appraisal
-Reporting and analysis, capture of data, collaboration with financial departments for documented the financial performance of his/her targets


Responsible for the Deployment of Global / Regional Category Management Policy & Strategy

-Work closely with regional category managers (indirect, transport, energy, chemicals, packaging, raw materials, mining, capex…)
-Ensure compliances with purchasing strategy and policy at site level
-Organize and coordinate local trials with the suppliers (Global/Regional/Local Suppliers)
-Lead new purchasing initiatives at cross-clusters or at country level, on a case by case basis


Playing an active role in Continuous Improvement Processes and Strategy

-Be the single point of contact to the plant managers of the designated sites.
-Collect the local purchasing requirements: anticipate, collect and optimize the sites requirements in terms of quantity and specifications
-Ensure internal customer satisfaction with the performance of the purchasing team.
-Entry point for all purchase requests
-Supplier quality management
-Close collaboration with supply chain / procurement


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and other characteristics 

-Leadership, problem solving, interpersonal, communications, planning, team participation skills, and/or language requirements.
-Highly motivated and proactive driver of change
-Strong negotiation and communication skills – both internally and externally
-Ability to have a global view and link business need to purchasing strategy.
-Confident decision maker.
-Proficient in, Google tools, MS Office software, experience ERP systems (e.g. SAP/R3, SPA/HANA IFS
-Ability to quickly understand high level technical elements of the category being handled.
-Understanding and actively promote the procurement cycle
-Have the ability to support and champion the development and introduction of effective purchasing methods and tools

-Languages: Spanish and English (advanced level)

- Previous experience for at least 5 years as Purchasing Manager is required

Position Type

Full time



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