Plant Purchasing Manager

Job location:
Domodossola, Italy
Created moment:
March 20, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08054

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water 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

Job Description 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, Domodossola, Sardinia, Modena,Ravenna, for a total purchasing spend of  40 M€.


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 needs to purchasing strategy.

  • Confident decision maker.

  • Proficient in, Google tools, MS Office software, experience ERP systems (e.g. SAP/R3, SPA/HANA ) 

  • 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

  • Language: Italian and English ( both advanced level) 

  • Background: bachelor or master degree (Engineering preferably otherwise Economics/ MBA )

  • Experience: +5 years in similar function, preferable in a multinational Company

  • Travel: average 30%-50% (depending on the based location)

Position Type

Full time



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