NewMarket Services

Sr. Procurement Specialist

Location US-VA-Richmond


About Us

Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU) family of companies, and is one of the largest global suppliers of lubricant additives and offers a broad line of fuel additives worldwide.


Responsible for ensuring uninterrupted, cost effective supply of a portfolio of raw materials/goods & services necessary to support Afton business goals and operations including but not limited to production facilities, contract manufacturing facilities, resale operations, R&D facilities and corporate departments.   Position is typically responsible for more than $75MM in annual spend with a significant number of high volume / business critical materials, products or services. The role typically comprises 35% tactical and 65% strategic procurement. Portfolios are generally complex. Works under very limited direction and guidance. Responsibilities may include development of strategies and leadership at a Global level within a particular category of product.



  1. Develop and manage supplier relationships to negotiate and maintain price and supply conditions ensuring commercial terms are optimized, supply maintained, contracts implemented and managed as appropriate and SAP data maintained.  
  2. Develop an understanding of the market for the raw materials, products and services purchased and identify the factors which influence availability and pricing (know the buy) ensuring that significant market changes are anticipated, managed and communicated. 
  3. Define and implement procurement strategies at a Global level for specific materials, products or services.
  4. Identify and select source(s) of assigned raw materials, products and services. Work with the supplier base to identify new sources within existing portfolio and new technologies which may bring advantage to Afton, sponsoring and supporting approvals as appropriate. 
  5. Prepare, maintain and communicate long term sourcing strategies to support the Long Range Plan (LRP) both within region and at a global level as appropriate to ensure raw material, products and services availability and economics are communicated to and support the needs of the business.  
  6. Develop and maintain forecasts (volume and price) for use with suppliers and for communication within Afton including the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) process. 
  7. Monitor quality and consistency of raw materials, products and services used via the SCS (Supplier Care System) to record quality issues/resolutions. Consult with Process Technology, R&D and Manufacturing and other departments as required, investigating and resolving quality issues quickly and effectively.
  8. Collaborate with other Afton procurement team members on a regional and global basis to identify synergies that will ensure maximization of strategic procurement initiatives. 
  9. Employ strategies as appropriate to ensure business continuity objectives are met. 
  10. Consult with Business Group, R&D, Manufacturing and Process Technology to provide information regarding competitive challenges, potential entrants, pricing initiatives and quality, service, price and distribution issues.
  11. Demonstrate, lead and encourage best practice within the procurement process; vendor selection, specifications, tender & negotiation process/policy, business award, contracts implementation and maintenance etc.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Business, Economics, Math, Chemistry or related field
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, negotiation and influencing skills typically acquired through 7 or more years of experience in related roles with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the procurement function and SAP typically acquired through 5 or more years of procurement experience


  • Advanced degree (Masters or MBA)
  • Work experience in the petroleum additive, lubricant or chemical industry
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or similar certification (e.g. CIPS)

For NewMarket, Afton or Ethyl employees, an appropriate combination of experiences that will support the required skill base may replace one or more of the specific experience requirements above.



  • High personal credibility and ethics
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of market economics, cost drivers, value chains etc. (ideally within the chemical industry)Effective negotiation’ facilitation and conflict management skills.
  • Self-starter with strong business acumen and the ability to link business goals and market trends to make sound procurement decisions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to lead through influence and build consensus.
  • Strong strategic and analytic approach to procurement with knowledge of Strategic sourcing principles and practice.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles of contract writing and management.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy with regard to Afton's routine applications.
  • Team-oriented leadership dedicated to continuous improvement, maximizing productivity and effectiveness in the organization, and promoting best practices.
  • Effective listening skills.


Working at Afton

Who We Are - We're a diverse, global family of individuals, who share a passion for developing innovative solutions. We build our professional relationships on respect, integrity and a commitment to safety and quality. Just as these values apply to our professional relationships, they also apply to the way feel about our neighbors and communities.


Our Work - At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.


Benefits / Compensation - We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.



An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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