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VWR CORPORATION Senior Manager, Raw Materials Sourcing (REMOTE) in DES MOINES, Iowa

Job Summary

The Senior Manager, Raw Materials Sourcing is responsible for developing sourcing strategies, executing on sourcing initiatives, and managing sourcing activities in the Americas in his/her specific category.

Essential Functions:

  • Accountable for roughly \$75-100M spend per year
  • Works with Director, Direct Sourcing to develop and present sourcing strategies to reduce category cost and mitigate supply risk
  • Leverages market intelligence and analyses to identify opportunities and risks, including but not limited to spend analysis, commodity pricing forecasts, contract coverage analysis, etc.
  • Collaborates with product management, commercial and operations teams that direct sourcing supports to ensure alignment on sourcing strategies, and that relevant market intelligence is shared Develops and maintains a rolling 36 month sourcing strategy and project roadmap, identifying savings estimates, estimated timing of savings, and execution plans Drives execution of category sourcing strategies (e.g., RFI/RFQ, supplier qualification, auction rounds, negotiation), coordinating with Technical Managers, Quality, Product Managers, and others as required.
  • Maintains relationships with key vendors, and helps address vendor related issues (e.g., pricing issues, performance issues, etc.)
  • Monitors category spend to ensure sourcing savings are captured and do not erode over time
  • Conducts regular project execution reviews with the Director and VP, Direct Strategic Sourcing, and the respective business/functional leaders
  • Responds to raw material category sourcing requests in a timely and efficient manner
  • Negotiates contracts in line with corporate DOA guidelines Supports the budget process by providing expectations for material price outlooks
  • Commercial responsibility for a subset of material commodities, which could include: acids, solvents, reagents, bio-buffers, denaturants, excipients, amino acids, and/or electronic materials.


  • BS/BA Degree preferred; Degree in engineering, including chemical, or a related field preferred; MBA preferred
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification preferred (yellow, green, or black belt)


  • Minimum of (7) years of total related experience required
  • Minimum of (3) years MandA experience on strategy development


``` - Minimum of five (5) years of related procurement, operational, or commercial experience in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries - Experience with matrixed global project responsibility preferred - SAP experience preferred


  • Strategic mindset and ability to execute hands-on
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Can-do mindset, creative, solution-focused, and action-oriented
  • Ability and track record of managing complex sourcing/procurement projects
  • Proactive spend control, spend analysis and strategy execution skills
  • Fact and analysis-based decision-maker
  • Proven contracting and contract management skills
  • Strong interpersonal relationship management skills
  • Highly organized, well structured, self-managed, clear priority management skill set
  • Ability to successfully work in an ambiguous environment
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation skills

Organizational Scope:

  • The Senior Manager, Raw Material Sourcing - Americas reports to a Director, Direct Strategic Sourcing,

Working Conditions:

  • NA remote / WFH Position / \"Eastern Time Zone Centric\"
  • Travel up to 10-20%

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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