• Refractory Career Opportunities

Purchasing Manager

Plibrico Company is seeking an experienced Purchasing Manager for its Research & Development department located in Chicago, Illinois. This position reports to the Vice President of Sourcing and Product Development.

Classification: Exempt


Under the direction of the Vice President of Sourcing and Product Development, the Purchasing Manager is responsible for negotiating with vendors for the procurement of materials, supplies, equipment, and services for Plibrico.

Essential Functions:

  • Overall responsibility for all purchasing activities including inventory management.
  • Develops an overall vendor base which creates and sustains a competitive advantage.
  • Develop Purchasing strategies and selection of vendors – to include not only TCO (total cost of Ownership), but Risk of supply, and supplier performance reporting.
  • Develop Key Performance indicators to manage purchasing, inventory management, and supplier performance.
  • Evaluates and analyzes purchasing trends in the industry to identify opportunities for cost reductions and to forecast price and market trends for key commodities.
  • Negotiate and execute purchase orders or vendor contracts as needed to support the critical business needs.
  • Set, maintain and ensure adherence to purchasing policy.
  • Create and maintain new supply sources to replace inadequate suppliers, ensure commitment of supply, and continually reduce purchasing spend (PPV).
  • Manages materials savings initiatives in line with profit plan and overall business objectives.
  • Work with other departments related to purchasing.
  • Is a steward of Plibrico’s Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Core Values.
  • Participate in meetings, conferences and trade shows to keep up with industry trends and network.
  • Adhere to environmental and safety regulations and acts in accordance to United States’ laws.
  • Adhere to corporate policy on business ethics.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain or equivalent experience.
  • 5+ years of purchasing experience in a face paced manufacturing environment.
  • Proficient with MS Excel.
  • Be able to develop and execute purchasing/commodity strategies and manage via CQSD (Cost, Quality, Service and Delivery).
  • Ability to read and understand company financial statements.
  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to make recommendations based on inventory levels, material cost and other commercial terms.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to thrive in a growth oriented, collaborative culture driven by our Purpose and guided by our Core Values.
  • Possess capability to make informed and timely decisions.
  • Must have strong mathematical and negotiation skills.


  • Refractory or other purchasing experience in a technical manufacturing environment.
  • CPIM or CPM certification, a plus.

WORK HOURS:  7:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday
TRAVEL:  10%
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Professional office
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Required to sit; lift and move up to 10 lbs.

Plibrico Company LLC provides equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment, without regards to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, marital, veteran status, sexual orientation, or the presence of handicaps or disabilities.  In addition, this policy of equal opportunity applies to all terms and conditions of employment including, but is not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee will be required to perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the office.

For more information or to apply, please e-mail us at hr@plibrico.com.

  • Plibrico® Plastic Refractories

    Clay/Air Bond

    Product Name %Al2O3 Service Limit SDS
    Plibrico®Super F AB 58% 1595F / 2900C SDS
    Plibrico®60 AB 58% 3100F / 1705C SDS
    Plibrico®80 AB 78% 3200F / 1760C SDS
    Plibrico®90 AB 90% 3400F / 1871C SDS

    Phosphate Bond

    Product Name %Al2O3 Service Limit SDS
    Plibrico®55 S 54% 3000F / 1648C SDS
    Plibrico®68 S 68% 3100F / 1705C SDS
    Plibrico®68 SA 68% 3100F / 1705C SDS
    Plibrico®85 S Special 83% 3300F / 1815C SDS
    Plibrico®90 S 90% 3400F / 1870C SDS
    Plibrico®SiC 80 (80% SiC) 2700F / 1480C SDS

    (fine grain – soft)

    Product Name %Al2O3 Service Limit SDS
    Plibrico®SR 68 68% 3100F / 1705C SDS
    Plibrico®SR 85 83% 3300F / 1815C SDS
    Plibrico®SR 90 88% 3400F / 1870C SDS

    Plibrico HyRATE® Plastic Refractories – Gunning Grade

    Clay/Air Bond

    Product Name %Al2O3 Service Limit SDS
    Plibrico HyRATE®Super F AB 43% 2900F / 1595C SDS
    Plibrico HyRATE®60 AB 60% 3100F / 1705C SDS
    Plibrico HyRATE®80 AB 78% 3200F / 1760C SDS

    Phosphate Bond

    Product Name %Al2O3 Service Limit SDS
    Plibrico HyRATE®68 S 68% 3100F / 1705C SDS
    Plibrico HyRATE®85 S Special 84% 3300F / 1815C SDS