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Global Head of Purchasing, Indirect Material/Services*

Date: May 31, 2021

Location: Mainz, DE

Company: SCHOTT AG

We are more than 16.000 employees in 34 countries. We have more than 130 years of experience – become #OneOfUs!


Global Head of Purchasing, Indirect Material/Services*


Are you are a person with a passion for purchasing in an industrial environment? Would you want to join our global network to manage procurement-related challenges while enjoying a highly innovative production surrounding?
Do you enjoy managing high volatility in global markets like transportation or packaging to secure the stable production of our vital, global operations?
Do you have experience with state-of the-art tools to manage our spending for travel/fleet, consulting and facility management?
Are you familiar with innovations in the broad areas of IT (Hardware, Software and Licensing)?


Then you are right with us!

Be our new Global Head of Purchasing, Indirect Material/Services* at the SCHOTT global headquarters in Mainz, Germany.

Your Tasks

  • Be an active part of the worldwide Purchasing leadership group and help to shape and optimize functional structures and processes
  • Lead and develop a team of strategic purchasers/global category managers
  • Identify purchasing risks and implement suitable countermeasures to secure our business and services
  • Lead key supplier negotiations including contract drafting/management
  • Foster strong collaboration with different Purchasing teams worldwide as well as the relevant interfaces (e.g. Finance, Supply Chain)
  • Actively drive usage of digital tools and automation software for indirect materials & services
  • Contribute to our Zero Carbon Strategy by shaping the purchasing strategies and firm policies accordingly together with your x-functional counterparts
  • Ensure professional and agile steering and planning of KPIs to ensure reporting and management-reviews
  • Execute all Purchasing activities based on our guidelines, principles and corporate strategy

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree in business administration with an outstanding academic performance
  • Minimum 5 years relevant professional Purchasing experience in a leading position with an industrial and international background
  • Ability and willingness to question status quo continuously and to drive change
  • Strong team-oriented leadership spirit
  • Proven track record of successful supplier negotiations including knowledge of supplier contract management
  • Familiarity with all state-of-the art Purchasing tools
  • High degree of self-motivation, flexibility, networking skills and assertiveness
  • Strong customer service orientation 
  • Excellent presentation, communication and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English and German with the ability to negotiate easily in both languages; additional foreign languages are a plus
  • Willingness to travel internationally

Your Benefits

Your innovative ideas are the foundation for our success as a leading technology group and for your development within our cooperative work-environment. As a foundation company, we have anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in our DNA. 16,500 employees in 34 countries are highly innovative partners for our customers and with the best teams, supported by the best digital tools, we intend to continue to grow as an organization.

Do you want to join our growth path? If yes, please forward your application online.

Your personal contact:


SCHOTT AG, Mainz Human Resources, Monika Wohlfarth, +496131663723

*At SCHOTT, it’s your personality that counts – not your gender, your identity, or origin.

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