Buyer (Raw Materials)

Company description

Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. is a company of diverse businesses unified by shared values and vision. We serve the agriculture, mining, industrial and water reclamation markets with a broad range of products and technologies, worldwide. Serving these customers well is a passion and a commitment-one which the people of Tessenderlo Kerley find rewarding, empowering and meaningful.

If you want the work you do to make a positive impact on the world in which we live, working alongside innovative, quality-focused people of vision, then Tessenderlo Kerley is the right place for you.

Job description

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Tessenderlo Kerley is a leader in driving innovation and excellence within the chemical industry. As a Raw Materials Buyer, you will ensure our plants have the essential materials required to maintain seamless operations. This pivotal role involves collaborating with cross-functional teams to optimize purchasing processes and systems, and identify improvement opportunities that drive profitability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage purchasing activities to align with production targets and ensure a steady supply of raw materials.
  • Provide rolling forecasts to suppliers and track price variations based on contractual indices.
  • Maintain optimal stock levels in collaboration with plant managers to minimize disruptions and manage inventory efficiently.
  • Lead initiatives for supplier relationship management, including contract reviews and negotiating favorable terms.
  • Engage with internal stakeholders across all levels to align procurement activities with broader company strategies.
  • Conduct market assessments, manage requests for proposals, and perform risk evaluations to support strategic procurement decisions.


What We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Business Administration, Finance, Economics or related fields.
  • At least five years of relevant experience as a buyer in the agriculture (AG) or oil and gas (O&G) industries.
  • Proven capability in sourcing, contracting and managing post-award procurement processes.
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills, with a demonstrated ability to influence key business decisions.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Agile and collaborative team player capable of interfacing effectively with suppliers and multiple internal teams.

Why Work With Us?

  • Innovative Culture: You will work in an environment committed to innovation that significantly enhances the value provided by our procurement function.
  • Impact and Influence: You will make a significant contribution to the company by directly impacting our operations and profitability.
  • Professional Growth: You will engage in diverse projects that provide continuous learning in a collaborative setting.


    Why join Tessenderlo Kerley:

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    Why Join Us?

    • Work/life balance
    • Fun and rewarding environment
    • Learning, development and teamwork
    • Community involvement/outreach
    • Challenging and meaningful work
    • Benefits & Rewards:

    • Medical-Dental-Vision-Prescription (Low employee premiums!)
    • 401(k) plan with dollar-for-dollar matching up to the first 5% of employee contribution
    • 401(k) company retirement contribution at year-end, up to 4% of annual base salary
    • Short-term incentive awards based on measured performance criteria
    • Life Insurance (2x annual base salary)
    • Paid vacation and sick time, and 10 paid holidays per year
    • Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $5,000 per calendar year (non-taxable)
    • Adoption Assistance: Up to $7,500 in reimbursement assistance
    • Paid maternity and parental time off
    • Business Travel Life & Accident Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Telemedicine program for you and your dependents
    • Long-Term Disability insurance
    • Company referral program

    Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. is part of Tessenderlo Group (Euronext: TESB), a global industrial group that focuses on agriculture, valorizing bio-residuals, machinery, mechanical engineering, electronics, energy, and industrial solutions for water management. At the heart of the strategy of Tessenderlo Group lies the conviction that “Every Molecule Counts.” In everything we do, we seek to further valorize and add value to our products and processes. For more information about Tessenderlo Group, please visit

    Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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