Global Vice President of Procurement


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

Reporting to Stepan’s Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, the Vice President of Global Procurement will have primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the vision, direction, and leadership of the company’s global procurement function. S/He will have direct accountability for indirect, direct and third part manufacturing spend and have ultimate responsibility developing sourcing strategies that leverages scale to maximize top and bottom-line growth and cash flow. S/He will lead the global strategic sourcing organization to drive competitive business strategies, maximize internal and external relationships, and minimizes risks across the enterprise. This role will come with a relocation package for those that are out of state.

Description and Responsibilities:
- Participate in the development of the Company’s business and supply chain strategy.
- Direct the global purchasing activities for the Company in a coordinated manner to provide maximum advantage to the Company, the lowest total cost of ownership and with appropriately managed risk.
- Build productive relationships with suppliers, customers, and other external players to advance the Company’s strategy and key tactics.
- Lead the development and application of advanced purchasing processes and techniques.
- Ensure compliance with Company policies and procedures.


  • 10 years of global leadership experience required.
  • Industry experience in chemical or oil & gas required.
  • Ability to simultaneously balance and adjust to multiple changing priorities and make decisions with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to assess, view and develop a clear vision and strategy, at both global and local levels, and being able to manage and execute tasks toward its accomplishment.
  • Candidate must have the ability to work across borders, all disciplines and throughout all levels of the organization. 
  • Seeking a world class supply chain leader, strong leadership, talent management, change execution, and financial acumen.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, and technical writing skills; effective group communication skills.
  • The successful candidate must bring a track record of significant accomplishments from companies known for best in class integrated procurement. 


- B.S. in supply management, finance, business administration, or a related field.



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 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 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 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 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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