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Category Manager - Specialty Chemicals

Pactiv Evergreen
Forest Lake, Illinois, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Conservation science
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Overview:Pactiv Evergreen Inc. (NASDAQ: PTVE) is a leading manufacturer and distributor of fresh foodservice and food merchandising products and fresh beverage cartons in North America and certain international markets. It supplies its products to a broad and diversified mix of companies, including full service restaurants and quick service restaurants, foodservice distributors, supermarkets, grocery and healthy eating retailers, other food stores, food and beverage producers, food packers and food processors. To learn more about the company, please go to the company website at
Pactiv Evergreen
is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Pactiv Evergreen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, religion, creed, age national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status or other characteristics or statuses protected by law. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please call (847) 482-4320 or email
All information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines and applicable laws.Responsibilities:Job Description:
The Category Manager of Specialty Chemicals is a key member of the Direct Material sourcing team, reporting to the Senior Director of Strategic Materials. The position is responsible for management of all aspects of the Specialty Chemical spend including; negotiation and execution of supply agreements, development and implementation of a category strategy, owning supplier relationships, sourcing innovative technologies that differentiate PTVE and consistently delivering year-over-year savings to the bottom line.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develop and lead sourcing strategies for the Specialty Chemical category
  • Negotiate supply agreements with key suppliers & distributors resulting in measurable total cost benefits.
  • Interface between global supplier base, New Product Development and Operations to identify new and innovative technologies
  • Understand and bring market intelligence, supplier knowledge and a key understanding of the use of specialty chemicals in the manufacturing process.
  • Produce annual budgets for key materials using statistical, historical and market data.
  • Provide monthly price and market updates as a measure against budget. Provide monthly pricing as needed to manufacturing sites.
  • Work with Regulatory Affairs team and suppliers to ensure 100% regulatory compliance
  • Facilitate meetings to drive cost savings initiatives. This means demonstrating the ability to develop agendas, lead meetings, and document & publish critical results
Qualifications:Skills and Competencies:
  • Demonstrated ability to comfortably and effectively communicate both verbally and in writing. This means the ability to develop agendas, lead meetings as a facilitator, and document & publish critical results
  • Persuasiveness - Utilize interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance. Must have the ability to persuade stakeholders internally and suppliers externally through strong relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to easily interface with plant personnel, manage projects and drive cost and process improvement
  • Analytical Skills - Must be able to relate & compare, securing relevant information and identifying key issues. This includes seeking and organizing information, and conducting relevant data analysis
  • Financial & Qualitative Acumen - Demonstrate an understanding of the use, interpretation and impact of key quantitative and financial measures
  • Visionary - Must be able to challenge existing processes and paradigms
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced team environment while also delivering independent results and maintaining calm composure
Qualifications - Mandatory
  • B.S in Chemistry, Engineering or Supply Chain from a four-year accredited college or university.
  • At least 5 years Chemical procurement experience or an equivalent amount of Paper making and/or Chemical Sales or Manufacturing experience
  • Experience negotiating a commodity pricing in a dynamic market
  • General understanding of supplier markets and ability to perform market analysis
  • Strong Microsoft Office (Excel/PowerPoint/Word) and analytical skills
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to deal with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to travel as needed for conferences, trainings, meetings, etc. (~ 25%)
Qualifications - Preferred
  • Prior experiences sourcing/ selling chemicals in the Pulp and Paper industry
  • Paper making industry knowledge - Broad understanding of the paper making industry: pulping, paper making, extrusion, printing.
  • Experience negotiating a commodity price that moves with an index
  • CPSM or CPM certification.

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