Apr 06, 2022

Global Strategic Sourcing Lead

  • Avient
  • Avon Lake, OH 44012, USA

Job Description

Avient Corporation (NYSE: AVNT), with 2021 revenues of $4.8 billion, provides specialized and sustainable material solutions that transform customer challenges into opportunities, bringing new products to life for a better world.

Examples include:
  • Unique technologies that improve the recyclability of products and enable recycled content to be incorporated, thus advancing a more circular economy
  • Light-weighting solutions that replace heavier traditional materials like metal, glass and wood, which can improve fuel efficiency in all modes of transportation and reduce carbon footprint
  • Sustainable infrastructure solutions that increase energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and fiber optic / 5G network accessibility

Avient employs approximately 8,700 associates and is certified ACC Responsible Care®, a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and certified Great Place to Work®. For more information, visit www.avient.com.


At Avient, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE (Harnessing Young Professionals), Pride at Avient and Embrace to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as Avient Academy, Lean Six Sigma, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, and paid time off for community service, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum.

At Avient, we believe diversity of ideas and backgrounds gives us the creativity to be successful in a rapidly changing world. In support of this, we stress equality of opportunity for all qualified individuals in accordance with applicable laws. Decisions in hiring, promotion, development, compensation and advancement are based upon non-discriminatory factors such as, for example, qualifications, abilities, experience, and performance.

Job Summary

The Global Strategic Sourcing Lead is responsible for developing and leading sourcing strategies, practices and processes that will support the organization's world class purchasing organization globally. This position will manage a matrixed sourcing team responsible for driving sourcing initiatives regionally and/or globally. This position will directly manage one or more categories with an estimated annual spend in excess of $300M.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for setting the strategic and tactical direction for sourcing efforts regionally and/or globally and ensuring integration with Avient business vision and strategy.
  • Effectively lead, hire, develop and enable the sourcing organization to achieve strategic objectives in a continuous improvement environment.
  • Responsible for the establishment of a framework for supplier competitive analysis, performance metrics, research techniques, sourcing strategies, risk mitigation and contract management.
  • Represent Sourcing Organization and Business Unit Leadership Teams.
  • Understand and monitor key spending trends, cost drivers, market factors, geographic considerations, and strategic importance of critical commodities in order to implement appropriate sourcing strategies. Ensures lowest total cost of sourcing operations.
  • Manage and facilitate all facets of the procurement activities, including vendor evaluations, audits and continuous improvement process for all suppliers.
  • Develop metrics, including external benchmarks, to monitor performance and allow for data driven decision making. Ensure that metrics and performance measurements are directly tied in and support the corporate objectives and performance indicators.
  • Locate, analyze, develop and maintain a consolidated supplier base to meet current and future needs of all purchased materials and services.
  • Partner and collaborate with other functions to support strategic goals for sourcing materials, equipment and/or services.
  • Drive continuous improvement in all aspects of the procurement process by leveraging Lean Six Sigma tools.
  • Leverage best-in-class sourcing management processes and techniques.
  • Develop, monitor and control departmental operating and capital budgets.
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree is required.
  • Master's degree in Supply Chain, Operations or related is preferred.
  • 7+ years of related experience is required.
  • Proven history of success leading teams and projects.

Additional Qualifications

  • Strong analytics capability with experience in SAP and business analytics.
  • Experience in sourcing strategy development and execution.
  • Sense of urgency: bias for taking action.
  • A high level of motivation, discipline mindset, and self-starting capability required to achieve aggressive expectations.
  • Outstanding communication skills. Proven track record of effectively collaborating with supply chain functions and company stakeholders across the larger organization.
  • Proven ability to build enduring professional relationships with local partners and service providers leading to outstanding performance.
  • Strong customer focus and a track record of delivering best in class service levels.

Physical Demands

The characteristics listed below are representative of the physical and environmental demands required by an individual to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Requires remaining in a stationary position for prolonged periods of time, and frequent communication.
  • Must be able to traverse and operate computer and other office equipment.
  • Typical work is in an office environment where the noise level is low to moderate.

Avient Corporation is a drug free workplace. Avient is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran's status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable federal, state and local law.

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