Senior Commodity Manager


Northbrook, IL, US, 60062

Job Description

Stepan Company is seeking a Senior Category Manager, Logistics to join our Global Procurement team based in Stepan Headquarters, Northbrook, IL. This role will be responsible for leading the North America Transportation and Logistics spend categories estimated at $100 million annually, as well as oversee vendor relationships and sourcing strategics in partnership with key stakeholders.

This role will report to the Global Director, N.A. Procurement & Corporate Indirects.

Key Responsibilities:
• Accountable for North America Transportation & Logistics spend categories, including but not limited to Rail, Road, Ocean, Air, Intermodal and 3PL Services.  
• Manages strategic sourcing plans, RFx processes, supplier negotiations and contract execution to deliver procurement value and align with Company regulatory, cost excellence, sustainability and growth initiatives
• Expand and effectively apply category knowledge and market expertise to drive continuous improvement solutions and cost savings across all transportation modes, storage, warehouse and logistics services
• Lead supplier meetings and performance reviews with stakeholders, present category updates to management, and participate in multi-functional teams.  In-person collaborations are required
• Ensure compliance with procurement processes and procedures, as well as the timely execution of procurement-oriented tasks including contract management, price forecasting and supply planning


• Minimum of 5 years work experience in related field
• High-performing professional with a drive for results and experience operating in a transforming, highly-matrixed stakeholder environment
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, negotiation experience, and influencing abilities across departments and levels
• Proven problem solving, analytical and project management skills
• Experience with SAP, Microsoft Office, Spend and Contract Management Tools
• Travel domestic and international as needed for the role


• 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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