United States, Rocky Hill, CT, Purchasing

Sr. Purchasing Manager - Logistics / Transportation


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • North American Purchasing Category Agent Logistics, responsible for the Road & Rail (Truckload, Bulk & Intermodal) Logistics category for Beauty & Laundry Home Care
  • Responsible for spend management 190M € spend across complex supply chains & supplier bases
  • Responsible for supplier management, contract negotiation, cost savings forecasting, stakeholder engagement, risk management and governance.
  • Collaborative cross-functional role with frequent interaction with both Global and Regional Supply chain, and Finance business partners. 
  • Leverages current and future business requirements, market intelligence, and historical spend information to oversee the development of category strategies that drive a simplified supply base, business value and continuously reduce costs.
  • Develop & implement logistics category strategies supported by complex sourcing events
  • Independently develop & manage processes that include Request for Proposals, Tenders, eSourcing, reporting and analysis for both existing and new business.
  • Negotiation of supplier terms and conditions and contract administration.
  • Represent Purchasing on internal teams and to external suppliers.
  • Support both Global Category and Brand innovation strategy and initiatives.
  • Identify, plan, and execute on process improvement activities including digitalization, communication and analytical analysis.
  • Key contributor to purchasing strategy and accountable for tactical implementation.
  • Contributes to the development of annual team objectives.
  • Excellent Stakeholders management skills.
  • Strong ability to drives a cross-functional team.
  • Demonstrates potential to move to a Regional KAM Role and/or Regional Sourcing Team Lead role.
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and manage and prioritize tasks
  • Experience in cross category, cross function, and/or cross material group management
  • Increased spend, complexity of portfolio, and/or geographical scope


  • Bachelor’s degree required & MBA preferred
  • Fluent in English is mandatory, both written & spoken, any other language is a plus
  • 6+ years related Purchasing, Supply Chain or equivalent experience.
  • Strong knowledge of good purchasing practices, supply chain management and contract law as it applies to the procurement process.
  • Strong knowledge of multi modal transportation market (Truckload, Intermodal, Rail & LTL) market including supplier base, general industry information and cost drivers
  • Experience proactively engaging customers and suppliers to identify and define potential opportunities and issues; developing solutions that create value.
  • Strong negotiation skills with demonstrated flexibility in approach to negotiating based on the situation.
  • Excels at stakeholder management and team collaboration.
  • Thinker and Do’er, understands the big picture & integration points, take personal accountability and ownership of tasks & deliver results
  • Experience in Continuous Improvement (CI) and Lean Six Sigma is a plus
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving & influential skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • SAP experience preferred.

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JOB ID: 20009022
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions: 1-866-836-7067