Engineering & Service Contracts Purchasing Manager

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
January 1, 1970
Job reference:
REQ - 05984

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

Engineering & Service Contracts Purchasing Manager

Job Summary


IMERYS is developing a new Lithium production project in France. 

In 2023, we intend to contract an Engineering Company to perform the basic engineering and the EPCm of the Pilot Plants. In 2024, we intend to build and commission the Pilot Plants. In 2025, we intend to contract, potentially with the same Engineering Company the Basic Engineering and the EPCm of the commercial plant. 

The qualification process of such EPCm potential contractors(s) will start in Q4 2022.

Position in IMERYS organization:

 Direct report to the Group Purchasing Director for Industrial Equipment & Services.

Functional report to the  Industrial Project Director of the Project.

Functional collaboration: 

Project Purchasing Manager of the Project.

Project Management Team.

 Legal Counsel in EMEA  

Key Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Perform the qualification of the Engineering Companies for the full project (starting with ~20 names of international engineering companies), in order to shortlist the Engineering Companies which will eventually receive the RFQ for the BASIC Engineering / EPCm of the Pilot Plants, and potentially for the commercial plant.

  • Manage the RFQ of the BASIC Engineering / EPCm of the Pilot Projects.

  • Support cost estimating activities (RFIs, RFQs, benchmarking etc…). 

  • Starting from the available EPCm Contract template at IMERYS, prepare and negotiate the EPCm contract(s) (investment magnitude for the Pilot Plants is ~100MEUR), in relation with the Project Team, the Purchasing Team and the Legal Team, up to contract award.

  • After contract award, manage all EPCm purchasing activities during basic engineering and EPCm phase: this include the proper implementation of IMERYS Purchasing Policy, validation of the purchasing plan(s), participation to progress meetings, participation to the definition of the vendor and subcontractor lists, participation to vendor qualifications, participation to negotiations.

  • Potentially, the activities may continue with the RFQ of the BASIC engineering / EPCm of the commercial plant, until contract award. After contract award, the activities may continue with the management of the EPCm purchasing activities.

  • Main KPIs are the respect of the project timeline, and saving negotiation performance.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Engineering plus Purchasing specialization / experience.

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in BASIC/FEED, EPC/EPCm projects management and contract management from RFQ phase to execution.

  • Experienced in the procurement / purchasing and negotiation of industrial equipment, engineering and construction services with performance guarantees, on large industrial projects and CAPEX investments (>50MEUR).

  • Proven experience in planning and leading complex negotiations.

  • Experience in the mining / metal processing industry is a plus.

Knowledge, skills, Imerys Leadership Behaviors: 

  • Skills: able to work in a French context.

  • Languages: English (mandatory), French (mandatory).

  • Used to working in a multinational environment.

  •  Team-oriented, dynamic, proactive and adaptable

  • Skilled in communication, rigor, autonomous, leadership & convincing skills

  • Highly motivated & results focused with the ability to act with a high sense of urgency

  • Ability to operate and execute effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and challenging deadline

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

The successful candidate can be based in Lyon or Paris with up to 20% travels

Position Type

Full time



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