Lhoist North America engages in extracting, manufacturing, and marketing lime-based and clay mineral products in North America. The products include high-calcium and dolomitic limestone products, quicklimes, blended quicklimes, hydrated limes and lime slurries, as well as specialty clays. Products are used in steel, construction, environmental/flue gas desulfurization, metal and mining, municipal, and pulp and paper markets, giving the company a diversified customer base and solid market stability.
Founded in 1966, Lhoist North America is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, with 50 operating locations in United States and Canada. Lhoist North America is a subsidiary of The Lhoist Group, a long standing privately-held global organization started in 1889 and headquartered in Belgium.
The Lhoist Group, a family-owned company, can trace its roots back to the nineteenth century when in 1889 Hippolyte Dumont opened a factory in Belgium. In just over a century, the firm has spread internationally: first to France in 1926 on the impetus of the founder's son-in-law, Léon Lhoist. He developed the company further by acquiring lime, limestone and dolimite plants in Belgium and France. During the last 35 years, the fourth generation of shareholders has pushed the business consistently further under the leadership of Baron Berghmans, the company current Chairman. Today, Lhoist is a world-leading producer of lime, dolime and minerals that operates more than 90 manufacturing plants in 25 countries and has close to 6,000 employees of around 40 nationalities.
Lhoist North America offers a comprehensive benefits package including, but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K, and vacation. LNA also supports employee work-life balance with telecommuting and compressed workweek options for many positions.
Lhoist North America is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Responsibilities & Expectations
Establishes partnership with local/sub-regional stakeholders and drive alignment with local management on the sourcing strategy and implementation of a multi-year plan optimizing TCO year-over-year.
Supports high value / complex spot buys for the geography and consults the Category managers for the relevant categories when applicable.
Supports and collaborates with (Global and / or Regional) Category manager by providing input on local requirements for the regional and global category sourcing initiatives.
Assists in Sourcing initiatives for local category purchases:
Set up and lead cross-functional teams
Organize supplier selection, identification and qualification of alternative suppliers
Identify TCO reduction and value creation opportunities
Identify cost savings while maintaining/improving quality and service level of suppliers
Drive negotiation, lead contract implementation
Track / Measure performance according to Group Procurement guidelines
Supports the Procure to Pay process through alignment of buying channels
Manages / Evaluates contract compliance, data management and supplier performance and takes necessary corrective actions for spend under his responsibility
Optimizes supplier base to build a manageable pool of preferred suppliers. Develops and manage long term relationship with key suppliers of given scope
Ensures discipline / compliance to the agreed strategies, plans and processes
Ensures smooth collaboration specifically with Category Managers, Spot buyers and Analysts
Back-up of the Sourcing Manager to represent Local Procurement in different governance bodies
Outstanding cross-functional leadership skills
Ability to understand and execute detailed processes
Ability to get buy-in and commitment from internal/external stakeholders
Eagerness to learn by practicing combined with potential to grow
Strategic ability to develop sourcing strategies and executive structured sourcing initiatives.
Analytical - ability to understand and define most critical issues and develop methodologies for collecting and analyzing relevant data (make vs. buy, TCO, lease vs. buy, NPV etc)
Specific category/supply base knowledge/insights
Strong negotiating skills
Excellent communication skills; both oral and written
Ability to develop actionable recommendations and implementation plans
Familiarity with the Lime, cement, gypsum, mining, minerals or related industries
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite; good knowledge of SAP MM module; experience with Lotus Notes; etc.
5 years’ experience in a buying, sourcing, procurement, supplier management and similar responsibilities. Related industry experience preferred.
Undergraduate/Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Finance, Logistics or similarly related field. Master’s degree preferred.
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