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
Establish close working relationships with key internal stakeholders.
Lead cross-functional teams in developing & implementing the overall category strategy for high spend / strategic categories to achieve recurrent TCO (total cost of ownership) improvement and ongoing value creation, while managing quality and service level (Single category family / Multi geography).
Manage a portfolio of strategic sourcing initiatives and develop relationships with strategic suppliers.
Support Procurement strategy definition, Annual Procurement activities planning and budget alignment process by providing category specific input.
Establish partnership with key internal stakeholders and drive alignment with executive / senior management on the categories procurement strategy. Implement a multi-year plan optimizing TCO year-over-year.
Support strategic planning:
Develop and implement the category management strategy, covering short, mid and long-term priorities.
Support, the definition of a priority list of (sub-) categories suitable for strategic sourcing initiatives
Define the correct involvement of stakeholders for the strategic execution
Execute Strategic Sourcing Activities:
Develop and execute sourcing strategy
Set up and lead cross-functional / trans-regional 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
Develop negotiations strategies and drive strategic negotiations
Lead contract implementation and resolve important issues
Support the Procure to Pay process through alignment of buying channels and process
Manage / Evaluate contract compliance, data management and supplier performance
Track / Measure performance according to Group Procurement guidelines
Set up and manage supplier network. Develop strategic relationships with key suppliers and ensure progress of continuous improvement actions to maximize value.
Organize market intelligence monitoring through relationships with internal stakeholders, suppliers and market experts; identify new technologies/solutions and evaluate their interest
Ensure discipline / compliance to the agreed strategies, plans and processes
Ensure smooth collaboration by building a powerful network within the Procurement organization (Other Category Managers, Sourcing Managers and Analysts)
Represents Regional Categories 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.
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.)
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 bulk commodity industries
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite; good knowledge of SAP MM module; experience with Lotus Notes; etc.
Minimum 8 years in procurement or supply chain with proven track record in transportation (truck/marine/rail) sourcing and supplier management.
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