Manager, Capital Investments Procurement

Job Title: Manager, Capital Investments Procurement
Location: Belpre, OH – US
Employment Status: Full-Time
Reports To: This position will report to the VP & Chief Procurement Officer.
Travel (%): <10%

Major Roles & Responsibilities


Kraton is looking to hire a key member of our Procurement Leadership Team in Belpre, OH.  The Manager, Capital Investments is responsible for all capital purchases (goods and services) for our Belpre plant totalling approximately $50M. This new position will be responsible for establishing a best-in-class capital procurement capability.


Major Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement buying strategies and tactics for the procurement of capital items (goods and services) that create a competitive advantage for Kraton
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams including Capital Project Engineering, Legal, Finance and Manufacturing to define and execute on capital spending
  • Develop appropriate market information including relationships and contracts with vendors
  • Issue purchase orders for capital purchases; follow-up and expedite as necessary
  • Ensure that capital purchasing strategies and their implementation are supportive of and consistent with Kraton’s business strategy
  • Assume responsibility for vendor and fabricator sourcing, bidding & bid evaluation, negotiation, recommendation for award, contract set-up and management
  • Evaluate vendor reliability and assume responsibility for resolving contract disputes, price amendments or scope variation
  • Develop appropriate supplier and internal customer relationships and manage them in a professional and effective manner
  • Communicate effectively and accurately pricing/market trends, forecasts and purchasing strategies to appropriate personnel within the organization
  • Drive continuous improvement efforts and cost reduction

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Skills and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering
  • 5+ years of experience in purchasing of capital equipment and services in a manufacturing environment
  • Able to negotiate and develop effective strategies at high level to ensure lowest cost/best value to the company
  • Establish and maintain effective strategic supplier relationships as well as relationships with key internal customers in order to gain an understanding of their needs to improve the service provided
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