Element Materials Technology

Director of Procurement, Americas

Job Locations US-IL-Glendale Heights


Element has an opportunity for a Director of Procurement with responsibility for the Americas Region (Canada, Mexico, and USA). The role is responsible for developing and growing the procurement function within the Americas region of our global business.  


This is a new role with responsibility for leading a team and overseeing procurement of goods and services within the region. It is a hands-on role reporting directly the Global Head of Procurement and functionally reporting to the CFO Americas and the Finance team. You will have responsibility for the Procurement teams within the region.



  • Develop a commercial Procurement function, aligned to the business’s strategy, responsible for the provision of professional expertise and at the forefront of the development and implementation of procurement
  • Serve as a hands-on, working Director, leading by example, adept with managing a large volume of work with delivery of savings programs for a variety of goods and services
  • Play a comprehensive role building out procurement strategies, implementing processes, working with functional and divisional leaders on prioritizing and executing their purchasing needs
  • Lead the development and delivery of cost saving programs
  • Use of Category Management as the method to deliver benefit out of the vendor base
  • Build effective relationships in the business operating as a trusted business partner providing professional expertise and best practice
  • Create and manage a high performing and cost-effective procurement team with an emphasis on team development, resourcing and stakeholder engagement
  • Accountable for the line management of a team of procurement category managers
  • Responsibility for all aspects of people and team leadership; setting expectations, coaching, counselling, developing, evaluating and feedback
  • Seek, prioritise and deliver significant cost reductions across categories of expenditure making effective use of procurement resources with targeted work activity
  • Introduce and implement Supplier Management with our key vendors to ensure contractual delivery and continuous performance improvement
  • Work closely with the Procurement Operations team to ensure alignment of governance, process and compliance across the Group
  • Actively promote ethical procurement practice and delivery of social value throughout our supply chain

Skills / Qualifications

  • Degree educated in an industrial or engineering discipline
  • Professionally qualified individual – ideally MCIPS qualified or have equivalent industry experience
  • Relevant experience at a similar global leadership level
  • A proactive, energetic, pragmatic and inspirational leader with strong people and relationship skills
  • Commercially focused and results driven
  • Superior negotiating and influencing skills both internally and externally
  • Well-developed communication skills with the ability to build and manage strong relationships at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Highly organised and able to forward plan effectively 
  • Proven ability to manage and develop a busy team, assisting and influencing with work load priorities
  • Capacity to deal with a wide range of stakeholders with conflicting priorities
  • Robust, pragmatic, resilient and diplomatic
  • Comfortable operating in a management environment is open and honest, lean, informal, dynamic and ‘hands-on’.
  • Ability to adapt and change directly when needed and be flexible

Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY.  We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

TIC Council Statement

Element is proud to be a full member of the Testing, Inspection & Certification Council (the “TIC Council”), an international association representing independent testing, inspection and certification companies. 


Members of the TIC Council must implement and abide by the TIC Council Compliance Code. Element has therefore issued an overarching Code of Conduct which is supported by our Compliance Programme. A copy of the Code of Conduct and more information about our Compliance Programme can be found in the Governance and Integrity section of www.element.com


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