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W. R. Grace Tactical Buyer in Poznan, Poland

Tactical Buyer

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Date:Jun 5, 2023

Location: Poznan, WP, PL, 60-166

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 21747

Grace ist ein führender globaler Lieferant von Katalysatoren und Spezialmaterialien, der auf Talent, Technologie und Vertrauen baut. Die beiden branchenführenden Geschäftsbereiche des Unternehmens – Katalysator- und Werkstofftechnologien – warten mit innovativen Produkten, Technologien und Dienstleistungen auf, die die Produkte und Prozesse unserer Kunden in aller Welt verbessern. Grace beschäftigt ca. 4.300 Mitarbeiter in mehr als 30 Ländern.

Job Description

The Tactical Buyer supports global operations by ensuring effective execution of direct and indirect procurement activities, arranging material supply, and resolving operational issues. This role secures cost efficiency and master data control with focus on tactical support and timely execution.


  • Work closely with category managers and business units to establish and deliver procurement requirements, strategic benefits and compliance to existing procurement contracts.

  • Follows all SOP’s and WI as defined by Grace policies, practices and procedures that ensure risk mitigation and quality standards are met

  • Manage transactional buying activities and support wider strategic category management including converting compliant and approved purchase requisitions to purchase orders within SAP Ariba and SAP ECC platforms.

  • Monitor and challenge non-compliant buying activities.

  • Confirms with suppliers’ accuracy and acceptance of PO information and updates as required, including cost, quantity and delivery details.

  • Proactively provides tactical support for senior level buyers and Category managers on routine procurement issues, i.e. invoice and receipt discrepancies, expediting orders.

  • Maintain current accurate records and files of all vendor agreements and related procurement records (including material master, info records, source lists).

  • May assist in negotiations and apply basic knowledge of commercial contract law and guidelines, practices and requirements to assess, plan and negotiate best terms and conditions and to minimize risk.

  • Maintain sound professional relationships with suppliers. Resolve issues (e.g. pricing, quality, timing, claims, contract disputes, etc.) associated with terms and conditions of service agreements.

  • Manage any supplier issues (i.e., cost, quality, delivery, customer service)

  • Maintain system data integrity and measure performance on related key indicators (examples: past due purchase orders, open PO acknowledgements, PO expedites, non-conforming material return, and supplier invoice resolution).

  • Manage supplier quality expectations and identify suppliers needing corrective actions. Manage suppliers through the SCAR process to recover on delivery, material, or service expectations.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Good professional command of English language. German is a must

  • Functional Procurement experience supporting tactical activities for direct and indirect categories within a manufacturing organization.

  • Ability to operate effectively in different cultures and across geographies, including managing stakeholders and colleagues remotely (across distance and time zones) desirable.

  • Knowledge of price and cost analysis

  • Proficient in SAP ECC and SAP Ariba

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to champion the vision of the Procurement organization.

  • Ability to facilitate several activities at any one time, priorities workload and effectively communicate current positions.

  • Ability to balance total cost of ownership (TCO), strategic and tactical delivery desirable.

  • Structured yet flexible. Comfortable with/able to thrive in conditions of change and complexity desirable.

  • Ability to drive behavioral change desirable.

  • Strong communication, time-management, problem-solving skills; Ability to work well independently and cross-functionally as part of an established and growing team.


Grace akzeptiert keine unaufgeforderte Unterstützung von Personalvermittlern für diese offene Stelle. Wir bitten, von Anrufen und E-Mails abzusehen. Alle Lebensläufe, die Personalvermittler über E-Mail, Internet oder in jeglicher anderen Form und/oder Methode ohne gültige schriftliche Suchvereinbarung für diese Stelle an Mitarbeiter von Grace senden, werden als alleiniges Eigentum von Grace angesehen. Im Falle einer Einstellung eines Kandidaten durch Grace infolge einer Empfehlung oder auf anderen Wegen wird keine Gebühr gezahlt.

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