About Us:

Infineum is a Specialty Chemicals Company with powerful research and development capabilities around innovative chemistry which has a vital role to play in sustainability. Infineum is a world leading formulator, manufacturer and marketer of petroleum additives for fuels and lubricants. Infineum additives are in 1 in 3 vehicles worldwide, and are designed to improve fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and enable cleaner transportations. With production facilities worldwide and regional business and technology centres in the UK, US, Singapore and China, there has never been a better time to start a career at Infineum.

Infineum’s successes are built on the exceptional talents of our bright and highly skilled colleagues.
Infineum brings together individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and thinking styles providing remarkably different talents, perspectives, life and career experiences. We recognise that a diverse talent base creates an environment rich with innovation and we are looking for motivated colleagues to join us.

Position Summary:
  • The Raw Materials (RM) Global Category Leader role is at the core of Infineum’s Procurement process and is an exciting and truly cross-functional opportunity to make a discernible impact to Infineum’s bottom line and contribute to long term strategies. As a member of the Global Procurement team, the Global RM Category leader has 3 major responsibilities:
  • Provide effective leadership for Global Raw Material Category, linking the external marketplace with internal business needs through development and execution of a category sourcing strategy.
  • Develop strategic relationships with key suppliers, develop and execute strategic account plans.  Represent Infineum as the owner of the supplier interface and effectively negotiate contracts across all materials in the category by understanding the marketplace drivers as well as Infineum leverage.
  • Ensure compliance to operational integrity procedures, business & financial control processes, training and assessment schedules internally.
  • The RM Global Category leader is the is the primary conduit between Procurement, Global Supply Planning (GSP) and Components teams. The RM Global Category leader also works closely with Manufacturing technology, Legal, Finance and Sales colleagues and works with the Procurement buyers to translate the strategic activity and negotiation into day-to-day operational requirements.
What you will be doing:
  • Responsible for developing deep knowledge in the category assigned including global marketplace awareness, capacity understanding, technical drivers, internal needs and external capabilities.
  • Responsible for developing the sourcing strategies and account plans, for the materials in the category for the 0-5 year horizon, ensuring alignment with component teams and business requirements as well as the external marketplace.
  • Ensure successful execution of the sourcing strategies through direction and stewardship of buying activities.
  • Develop strategic relationships with key suppliers as defined by the strategic account plans. Represent Infineum as the owner of the supplier interface.
  • Effectively negotiate contracts across all materials in the category. Understand the marketplace drivers, Infineum leverage, and use this to Infineum’s advantage, ensuring best available market pricing.
  • Ensure compliance to operational integrity procedures, business & financial control processes, training and assessment schedules internally.
  • Represent Procurement in technical forums e.g., New Product Development (NPD) teams ensuring commercial supplyability and cost effectiveness of purchased materials.
  • Coordinate and/or implement changes ensuring flawless introduction of new suppliers/materials through collaborative working cross functionally.
  • Understand the Operational Risk associated with the activities carried out and ensure plans are in place to manage where appropriate. (e.g., SSIS tool, high financial risk suppliers).
  • Identify and implement continuous improvement activities within category.
  • Continually review marketplace for new suppliers which could increase competition and bring technical/commercial advantage to Infineum.
What will you gain from this role?
  • Commercial and negotiation skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Understanding of the chemical Industry, interdependencies or raw materials and components as well as Infineum’s manufacturing operations and Raw material connectivity
  • Influencing skills
  • Significant cross functional exposure
  • Managing multiple priorities
  • Collaborating internally and externally to drive ‘best for Infineum’ solutions
  • Exposure to global and complex projects
A successful candidate is likely to have:
  • Ability to analyze data and market information and translate that into developing category strategies based on this.
  • Strong relationship building and collaboration skills.
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Ability to work in a complex and challenging environment consisting of multiple internal and external interfaces.
  • Ability to work effectively with ambiguity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Previous experience in commercial roles including commercial deal building and negotiation experience required.
What we offer:
  • The opportunity to learn and grow. We believe there is no better way to learn than by doing, so from day one you will have the opportunity to make a real difference and help progress the transformation agenda.
  • The opportunity to work globally with a variety of functions and learning about how our business works at macro level
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and build a stimulating career
  • Flexibility within a truly diverse and inclusive organisation that values everyone as an individual
  • Competitive salary, medical and pension benefits
  • Community outreach activities & social groups, as well as champions for inclusiveness & diversity, environmental and wellbeing
  • Infineum operates a flexible working policy, such that location can be split between the office and home-working if preferred.

Infineum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Infineum operates a flexible working policy and will work with colleagues to accommodate their needs wherever appropriate.

Closing Date

28 February 2023


Milton Hill - Oxfordshire, UK
Berre, France
Cologne, Germany - Köln, Deutschland
Vado Ligure, Italy

Role Function and Group

Procurement - Raw Materials

Application process