Director of North America Procurement, Indirect Raw Materials


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

Stepan is seeking a Director, North America Indirect Materials, to join our Procurement team in Northbrook, IL. In this role, you will report to the VP of Global Procurement. In this role, you will lead an organization of 5-10 procurement professionals responsible for $500 million in indirect procurement spend.  You will be responsible for the indirect spend across 10 locations in North America, including CAPEX, utilities, plant MRO, plant services, and corporate services.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with internal stakeholders to identify and implement opportunities to reduce costs of materials, reduce lead times, and improve supply.
  • Manage key internal and external relationships across stakeholders and suppliers to enable strategic sourcing initiatives and mitigate supply risk.
  • Develop and implement team structure to optimize value.
  • Drive project execution, prioritize tasks and secure resources.
  • Maintain effective and consistent communication, in-person and written, with stakeholders regarding procurement projects, strategies and risk areas.
  • Provide direction to the team members in the performance of their duties; establish work priorities; develop and mentor team.



  • 10+ years of proven procurement & sourcing, supply chain, or related experience.
  • Strong negotiator and experience in the use of procurement tools such as RFP/RFQs, reverse auctions, etc.
  • Experience writing, negotiating, and implementing contracts.
  • Knowledge and experience in utilities strongly preferred.
  • Industry experience in chemicals is a plus.
  • Proficient in Microsoft tools


  • Bachelor’s degree required



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 22 global manufacturing locations and over 2,500 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for over 90 years. Today, Stepan is a $2.7 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,500+ employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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