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Strategic Sourcing Specialist - External Manufacturing Procurement

Date: Aug 11, 2022

Location: Allentown, PA, US

Company: Evonik Industries AG

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Strategic Sourcing Specialist - External Manufacturing Procurement


Location: United States : Allentown, PA || United States : Lafayette, IN || United States : Mobile, AL || United States : Parsippany, NJ

Function: Procurement

Career Level: Graduates (< 2 years)

Legal Entity: Evonik Corporation

Business Line: Procurement (BS)


What we offer

You will work on exciting and challenging topics together with a team in an ultra-modern, innovative and creative environment. Intensive on-the-job training with expert colleagues guarantees you will quickly become familiar with your duties and perform them independently. Performance related pay and the opportunity for personal and professional development are of course part of the package. Since 2009 Evonik Industries AG has been certified as a family-friendly company by the German Hertie Foundation.

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Evonik’s Procurement Development Program is an entry level position for candidates with an undergraduate technical degree and an MBA.  This role is designed to train the employee by providing hands-on experience, developing an understanding of Evonik’s internal structure, and learning Procurement’s global processes all while working within a dynamic team environment that leverages the resources of a global organization.  This training program lasts about 15 months, after which the employee will transition into a role within Procurement where they can utilize and build on the skills they’ve learned and the relationships they’ve built. 

We are looking for innovative and business-minded recent college graduates that would like to develop a holistic view of the procurement function.

The program will consist of an assignment located in the US, which may be Parsippany, NJ, Mobile, AL, or Allentown, PA. The incumbent will also have an opportunity to work on various external manufacturing projects across multiple Evonik business lines, with activities related to strategic sourcing, corporate process standardization and strategic growth projects




•    Work with External Manufacturing suppliers to ensure that Evonik outsourced production needs are met with regard to production timing, cost, product quality, etc.

•    Negotiate and execute external manufacturing contracts in line with business goals and objectives

•    Purchase order and contract signing authority up to $500k

•    Daily collaboration with Engineering, Supply Chain and Business Line stakeholders to develop and execute discrete external manufacturing projects

•    Conduct data/cost analyses to assess current suppliers’ variable and fixed cost/pricing structures, as well as collaborate with other strategic buyers on raw material market intelligence and leverage existing supplier relationships to support and develop savings opportunities

•    Conduct make/buy analyses with cross-functional colleagues to support the external outsourcing decision-making process

•    Conduct risk assessment exercises related to supply security, regionality, cost, technical capability, commercial viability, etc. and provide feedback and recommendations to business lines 

•    Ensure sustainability initiatives and audits are incorporated into external manufacturing partnerships and contracts

•    Closely collaborate with global external manufacturing procurement team and divisional leadership to develop corporate-wide strategies and standard processes within the external manufacturing basket 

•    Conduct internal and external research to contribute innovative and continuous improvement ideas (technology, cost/benefit, team needs etc.) within the function

•    Develop a global mind-set by forming professional networks within the global Procurement organization.

•    Participate in recommended training and development programs and learn from experiences and adjust as needed.




•    Graduate degree (MBA) in one of the following majors preferred:  Procurement, Supply Chain Management, Business Operations or related fields
•    B.S. Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
•    Prior experience working in a chemical or process-focused manufacturing environment
•    Minimum GPA of 3.0 and previous internship experience in related fields preferred
•    Affinity for technology and digitalization
•    Embracing change
•    Collaborative approach to work
•    Strong communication and analytical skills
•    Business acumen
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office products
•    Must be domestically and internationally mobile
•    Be available to work full-time employment in 2021
•    Authorization to work in the US without restrictions or need for future sponsorship


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Evonik Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Please note that Evonik will not accept any unsolicited application documents sent by staffing firms. Evonik works in conjunction with preferred service providers and will not pay any fee to staffing firms in the absence of an appropriate framework agreement. Should Evonik receive a candidate profile from a staffing firm with which it has no framework agreement, and should this candidate subsequently be considered in the recruitment process or offered employment, no claims from the staffing firm will be entertained in this regard.

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