Chem-Trend, a company of the Freudenberg Group, and part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities, is a global organization with manufacturing operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia, sales offices in 17 countries and distributors in more than 50 countries that are supported by its headquarters in Michigan. Chem-Trend has a singular focus of formulating and manufacturing innovative process chemical specialities for use in the die casting, rotational molding, general rubber, polyurethane, tire, thermoplastic and composite industries.

Raw Material Sourcing Coordinator

Your tasks


The Raw Material Sourcing Coordinator is responsible for driving the Raw Material Sourcing Strategy while supporting operational excellence for the Chem-Trend Purchasing department. The Raw Material Sourcing Coordinator will provide expertise for alternative sourcing of raw materials and will be the critical connection point between Purchasing, the Marketing and Technology Laboratories and the North American Operations team.  The Raw Material Sourcing Coordinator is responsible for launching of new Raw Materials into production and interfacing with suppliers.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build excellent relationships with the supplier Account Managers and Customer Service Representatives.
  • Manage alternative sourcing of raw materials to ensure supply demands are met.
  • Champion all Raw Material Supplier Quality Issues.
  • Develop and implement solutions to issues potentially affecting the flow of raw material samples and support of customers.
  • Ongoing communication with supplier contacts to be aware of new products in the marketplace, including attendance at trade shows.
  • Manage the optimization of the raw material sample and activation process.
  • Build cross-functional relationships for the betterment of the Chem-Trend Operations team.
  • Solicit raw material price, standard packaging sizes and lead time, as part of the raw material sample process.
  • Support Chem-Trend Regulatory department with identification of global registry prior to lab development activity.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain policies, procedures, and systems to reduce costs, streamline procedures, and implement solutions.
  • Work closely with M&T Laboratories, Supply Chain, Purchasing and Operations staff to properly forecast new product timelines and sales.
  • Manage and facilitate improved communication and smooth interface between departments and individuals regarding plans, programs or problems.
  • Characterize, handle, label, manifest, or inspect hazardous waste in accordance with environmental regulations.   
  • Other duties as assigned.

Our expectations


·         Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.

·         Strong project and time management abilities.

·         Ability to work independently as well as in a team.

·         Excellent organization and time management skills.

·         Strong financial and negotiation skills to interface with suppliers and/or vendors.


Required Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Procurement, Business, General Science, Industrial Engineering or related field

·         3+ years of experience in an Industrial Chemical Environment

·         3+ years of experience in a purchasing role, including managing suppliers and negotiations (preferably in an international environment)

·         5+ years Lean manufacturing knowledge, preferred

·         Knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) and Microsoft Suite

·         Knowledge of SharePoint, preferred

·         3+ years’ experience is Project Management, Continuous Improvement, and Problem Solving

Chem-Trend operates around the globe with employees worldwide. We are a customer-focused organization with a culture of innovation, responsiveness, and work/life balance. We recognize that it’s our people who make Chem-Trend a leader in the release agent industry so we strive to keep employees happy, motivated and challenged. Apply online to become a part of the Chem-Trend team! If you require assistance or a reasonable accommodation to complete the application or any aspect of the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 517-546-4520.

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Chem-Trend Limited Partnership
Kaleigh Rehil ∙ HR ∙ 1445 W. McPherson Park Drive P.O. Box 860 ∙ 48844 Howell, MI ∙
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