Procurement Specialist

Job location:
Sylacauga, Alabama, USA
Created moment:
May 22, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08281

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

Procurement Specialist

Job Summary


Issuing POs to vendors; providing lead times and ETAs to internal customers; inventory management, and other associated administrative functions. 

Primary Duties

  •  Identify the least total cost supplier for Company requirements. (Best combination of quality, quantity, delivery, service, and price) 

  • Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in written format across all levels of the organization and with external vendors and suppliers. 

  • Locate suppliers, negotiate pricing, delivery, invoicing, and other terms as required

  • Manage daily issues with accounting, delivery, receiving and other departments.

  • Oversee all activities related to the request, sourcing and purchase of equipment, supplies and services for the purpose of ensuring compliance with established Purchasing Policy, Internal controls and audit recommendations 

  • Facilitate development of productivity and savings pipeline 

  • Support budget development for key purchasing areas (packaging, chemicals, energy, spare parts, industrial services) 

  • Coordinate the bidding process for new contracts 

  • Seek and support initiatives which simplify or reduce transactional  activities (EDI, ERP functionality, reorder points). 

  • Focus on opportunities for synergies among plants 

  • Maintain positive, professional supplier relationships 

  • Manage current and new vendors to include new vendor qualification process  

  • Support purchasing requirements and Initiatives  

  • Assist in annual supplier audits. 

  • Ensure internal control processes and policies are followed.  

  •  Interface across all departments and levels of the organization. 

  •  Professionally resolve problems (both internal and external) in a fair and ethical manner. 

  • Work independently on a day-to-day basis.

  •  Manage workload for most efficient use of time and resources. Provide excellent service. 

Skills and Attributes Requirements

  • Professional demeanor. 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels of the organization 

  • Work requires continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing documents materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines. 

  • Must be extremely organized, with the ability to multitask and prioritize. 

  • Good analytical skills required.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • High School diploma with related work experience (below), Bachelor's Degree preferred

  • Proficient in Google Workspaces and AX or SAP

Related Work Experience: 

  • Minimum of five (5) years performing similar as primary duties & responsibilities as outlined above and relevant business experience such as procurement, negotiations, supply chain, contract negotiations, operations, consulting, quality

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.