Head of Global Procurement (m/f)
Roy C. Hitchman AG
Milan, Italy
4 gg fa

Head of Global Procurement (m/f)

Our Client, a company in the Specialty Chemical business, is headquartered in the Basle/Switzerland area and is the only company of its size exclusively focused on solutions for leather manufacturing. The company’s business activities consist of the development, production and marketing of specialty chemicals such as tanning agents and dyestuffs, with which their customers, the tanneries, create leather. In addition, they support their customers and their business partners with tailor-made solutions for the whole leather manufacturing process – from beamhouse through to finishing. 

In 14 countries with 16 subsidiaries on three continents, over 900 employees work for the company, making it one of the top leather chemicals companies in the world. The company has an active presence in 90 countries aided by the activities of numerous agents and distributors.

The Position

Department: Operations
Functional Manager: Chief Operations Officer (COO) 
Place of work: Switzerland or some selected EU countries

Position Purpose: 

Reporting to the COO, the Head of Global Procurement (with a technical degree in Chemistry) is responsible for leveraging the global spend and maintaining a procurement organization and infrastructure to execute best-in-class procurement in the company.

The jobholder leads the Procurement teams to identify, target and deliver value through a broad, professional purchasing approach to deliver the targeted annual procurement savings. He or she will work with R&D, Supply Chain and business colleagues to ensure the group's procurement benefit is maximised by co-ordinated behaviour.

He or she develops and manages the procurement approach to deliver sustainable reductions in the total cost of goods and services – with simultaneous improvements in the quality, competitiveness and service levels of the supply base.

Primary Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Lead Procurement annual planning & budgeting

  • Manage Overall Procurement Processes

  • Strategic Procurement

  • Ensure that new product development roadmaps are synchronized with Procurement strategies. 

  • Value Delivery – cost down 

  • Organizational development

  • Profile of Ideal Candidate (m/f)


  • A technical degree in Chemistry is a MUST

  • Experience, Skills, Knowledge:

  • Either a minimum of 5 - 10 years of technical experience plus 5 - 10 years of progressive commercial experience or 15 years minimum progressive commercial experience in a related role in the chemical industry.

  • Strong financial management experience and communication skills required. International management experience preferred.

  • Language requirements: English (and preferably at least one other relevant language)

  • The Head of Global Procurement manages directly 6 FTE globally plus their teams of 12 (18 HC overall). The yearly budget directly controlled by this position is approximately EUR 120 million with organisation cost of approx. EUR 1 million. P&L (RM costs are 35% of the revenue).

    The most important decisions (final approval) that this position takes are the following:

  • Suppliers, purchasing choices, purchase prices

  • Supplier reliability

  • Regional sourcing

  • Significant influence on:

  • Supplier quality

  • Supply Chain performance (OTIF, inventory)

  • Inputs to:

  • Business margin

  • Operating costs

  • R&A plans

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