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Buyer Job

Date: Feb 15, 2019

Location: King of Prussia, PA, US

Company: Arkema

Req Id 30236 - Posted 10/05/2018 - Procurement / Purchasing - King of Prussia. Pennsylvania. US



The Buyer reports to the Finance and Central Operations Manager.  Other positions that report to this manager includes: Buyers (3), Sr. Buyer (2), Supply Chain Co-ops (2).



The Buyer is responsible for performing all functions related to creating, processing, and optimizing the Purchase Order process in SAP for indirect purchases for their assigned sites. The position will process ~10,000 purchase order line items per year. Works closely with Regional and Strategic Purchasing Managers to perform all assigned activities and projects. 



Manage Purchase to Pay Process (60%)

  • Process purchase requisitions according for all assigned sites in accordance with established Purchasing Policies, Procedures, and Arkema policies and procedures.
  • Examine and analyze purchase requisitions for completeness and accuracy of information; contact initiator to clarify or complete information, determine method to process requisition based on strategy and timeliness required.
  • Update delivery dates on Purchase Orders as a result of changes to the order acknowledgement, and communicate with the planner or the indirect material sourcing manager.
  • Communicate identified conflicts in delivery dates between the requested delivery date of the Planner and the Supplier, and work to resolve delivery related issues to dates.
  • Manage supplier complaints by working with the supplier and BU/Plants to determine root cause through resolution, and track the complaint through close.  Continue to monitor to ensure issues are not repeated.


Support Regional and Strategic Sourcing Managers (25%)

  • Support Regional and Strategic Managers in their efforts to achieve their objectives (strategy implementation, inventory management, etc.)
  • Utilize knowledge of key suppliers and the market to optimize the source of supply and identify savings opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with Regional and Strategic Managers to identify and execute savings initiatives at the plant level.


Communication & Coordination of Portfolio Learning (15%)

  • Learn to evaluate bids and make awards as directed by Regional or Strategic Sourcing Managers.
  • Liaison between Indirect Purchasing, BU’s and plants.



  • This position will work closely with Regional Managers, Strategic Managers, employees who submit purchase requisitions at the local sites, as well as Accounts Payable.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents



  • Degree in Business, Supply Chain or related field (preferred)
  • Previous Procurement/Sourcing/Supply Chain experience (2+ years)
  • Proficient in computer applications including SAP, MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Computerized Query Tools.



  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong analytical, organizational, communication, negotiation and presentation skills.




A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties and Coating Solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.3 billion in 2017, we employ around 20,000 people worldwide and operate in some 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation. 

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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