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TA Lead Buyer


Channelview, TX, US, 77530

Req ID:  84536
Facility:  Channelview/North Ops-130
Department:  Field Buying NA TA
Division:  Olefins and Polyolefins and Global Procu


Basic Function

LyondellBasell’s Procurement and Utilities group facilitates supply solutions globally for LyondellBasell. We manage supplier relationships to provide value to our internal customers in the acquisition of materials, services, and utilities.  

The TA Lead Buyer is responsible for the procurement of materials and services in association with turnarounds. The position requires an extended work schedule during the execution phase of assigned turnarounds. 

This position will support one of our NA complexes but will potentially be moved as required to support business needs. The position offers a competitive base salary, bonus, 401K matching, generous benefits package, pension plan and employee discounts. 

  • Role includes, but is not limited to issuance of POs, creation, management and analysis of Requests for Quotations (RFQs), contract ownership, management of Outline Agreements/catalogs and administration of contracts in SAP. Role may also include the development and deployment of leveraging strategies for low-value and/or less complex projects in accordance with corporate sourcing guidelines, and a leadership role in supplier selection. 
  • Supports Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) activities. 
  • Negotiates to achieve maximum overall cost effectiveness for turnarounds while meeting clients’ objectives. 
  • Understands and utilizes the tender process, legal terms and conditions, and acceptable LyondellBasell (LYB) contract management practices. 
  • Interacts directly with internal clients, materials suppliers and service contractors to ensure accurate turnaround safety, job scope and legal requirements are communicated and met. 
  • Establishes and maintains an effective procurement system consistent with LYB control guidelines to monitor the overall turnaround procurement process, approved turnaround contract strategies, expediting, P2P, etc. helping to improve overall procurement efficiency for turnarounds. 
  • Potential for increased responsibility for several sites/turnarounds simultaneously, as well as responsibility for negotiating, executing and managing mid-size to large value turnaround contracts. 

Roles & Responsibilities

Activities and duties will vary dependent upon the functional area assigned. Activities may include, but are not limited to: 
Responsible for executing formal LYB procurement strategies. 

  • Plan/schedule the procurement of materials and services associated with assigned turnarounds. Role can include responsibilities associated with tendering, negotiating with materials suppliers and service contractors, and creating spot Purchase Orders (POs). 
  • Ensure accurate definition of turnaround and job scope requirements, demonstrate solid understanding of market environments, develop comprehensive contract criteria, lead supplier approval and selection process, and negotiate PO T&C’s. 
  • Establish and utilize a site/field support network to aid in the timely acquisition of required turnaround materials and services while achieving maximum overall cost effectiveness.  This may require/include travel to sites to allow for attendance in meetings with planners, schedulers, engineers, materials coordinators, TA management, etc. 
  • Act as a direct procurement contact for internal clients located at various sites up to agreed spend level.  This includes, but is not limited to, serving as the direct procurement contact for urgent procurement matters, concerns, soliciting/providing status updates, expediting, presenting data to turnaround team members, etc. 
  • Support and execute sourcing plans for projects/turnarounds employing LYB approved strategies, thresholds, procedures and sourcing methodology.
  • Execute transactional tasks as deemed necessary. 
  • Serve as a SME (Subject Matter Expert) for TAEM (Turnaround Excellence Model) and Milestones.
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives with LYB materials suppliers and service contractors, lead efforts to resolve supplier/site issues and/or disputes and develop/execute a proactive strategy/process to avoid site/supplier issues. 



Min. Qualifications

Bachelor's degree preferred (or recognized equivalent). 

  • 4+ years related experience required with degree; 6+ years’ experience in lieu of degree. 
  • Demonstrated experience procuring services is required. 
  • Experience procuring materials is strongly preferred. 
  • 1-2 years of chemical /engineering or related industry experience is desirable. 
  • Demonstrated experience working in SAP utilizing supply chain or procurement functionality is strongly preferred, but not required. 

Preferred Qualifications


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity


We are LyondellBasell – a leader in the global chemical industry creating solutions for everyday sustainable living. Through advanced technology and focused investments, we are enabling a circular and low carbon economy. Across all we do, we aim to champion our employees, and unlock value for customers, investors and society. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is strongly committed to our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce.  As one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and a leader in polyolefin technologies, we develop, manufacture and market high-quality and innovative products for applications ranging from sustainable transportation and food safety to clean water and quality healthcare. For more information, please visit or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.


Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


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LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

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