Junior buyer EMEA H/F

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
July 18, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08346

The Company

Imerys is the world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for the industry with €3.8 billion in revenue and 13,700 employees in 54 countries in 2023. The Group offers high value-added and functional solutions to a wide range of industries and fast-growing markets such as solutions for the energy transition and sustainable construction, as well as natural solutions for consumer goods. Imerys draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge, and expertise in material science to deliver solutions which contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance. As part of its commitment to responsible development, Imerys promotes environmentally friendly products and processes in addition to supporting its customers in their decarbonization efforts.

The Position

Junior buyer EMEA H/F

Job Summary





Safety: Always keep Safety as the #1 priority for himself and his teams by leading by example and enforcing the Company Safety Protocols

  • Implement clear Chemicals/Packaging Purchasing processes & strategies at regional level in liaison with the Regional Category Manager, 

  • Deliver the expected Cash and Savings Targets

  • In charge of the reporting (projects KPI’s, forecast, savings…) related to the category

  • Contribute to provide market review information and data for the Senior Management on time (e.g. RFQ results, packaging workshops implementation)

  • Participate to Operations review meetings

  • Collect needs from the different sites via the local buyers sites’ network /operations teams from all entities, challenge them and introduce alternatives into the current Sourcing Portfolio

  • Implement Performance reviews with the strategic suppliers of the categories with the team. Assess the suppliers through KPI (Financial, Supply, Quality, Innovation,…).

  • Conduct commodity specific competitors and industry analysis to identify cost, material selection, manufacturing techniques and materials sourcing to improve the company’s competitive position.

  • Follow indexes and Market trends and communicate on regular basis to anticipate opportunities and risks

  • Implement best practices: collaborate with colleagues from all regions to leverage bargaining power,  to share knowledge and learning to fuel continuous improvement.

  • Take part in the global supplier panel update by reviewing the supply base and manage regular market surveys to identify new producers or new distributors.

  • Develop low cost country supplier in collaboration with other purchasing regions organizations

  • Animate the Chemicals & /Packaging community (Purchasing, Operations, S&T, Sales, I3) at regional level, with ongoing project reviews and communication on latest releases (Tools, contracts, claims, etc…)

  • Develop the expertise of the market in respective areas (benchmark with other companies, intel from suppliers, congress,…) 

  • Regularly scan the market to identify new producers / distributors or regulation changes that may impact the supply base or prices.



Chemicals and Packaging are key strategic commodities for IMERYS operations with more than 66M€ spend splitted across the multiple operating assets in Europe. The Regional Category  Manager will report to the EMEA Global Category Director. He/She will work closely with the plants and the local Purchasing teams in order to ensure supply continuity and competitive biddings from suppliers. The Purchasing team within the company is a strong contributor to the profitability of the business. 



The key Tasks & Responsibilities for the Global Category Manager position are the following :

  • Manage supplier panel

  • Lead RFQs and negotiate contracts

  • Ensure proper implementation of contracts

  • Respond to stakeholders needs and expectations

  • Seek innovation

  • Support Budget process and market trends assumptions



Education and Experience requirements

  • Business or Engineering Degree - Masters level

  • 2/3+ years experience in International Purchasing

  • Multi-cultural awareness

  • Team work

  • Strong presentation and communication skills inFrench /English

  • Proven Manager

  • Ability to influence and get buy-in in a "dotted-line" situation

  • Understands Business needs

  • Occasionally travel

Position Type

Full time



Only technical issues will be monitored through the below inbox:

recruiting.support@ imerys.com


To ensure fairness and legal compliance in our recruitment processes, only applications received through the online application process will be considered. 

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.