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Category Manager (Mechanical), Global Technical Materials


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  83896
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  TMNA Intern Management 2022
Division:  Olefins and Polyolefins and Global Procu


Basic Function

  • Creates value by providing appropriate input into the development and implementation of sourcing strategies, function/business specific related agreements and related work processes in accordance with the global strategy.
  • Supports all clients in the business and functions that responsible category areas support.  An active team member with responsibility for various sourcing activities pertaining to running the business, capital projects and provides support to the overall sourcing strategy. 
  • Begins to independently manage sourcing projects with increasing complexity and medium value.

Roles & Responsibilities

Activities and duties will vary dependent upon functional area assigned.  Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Commodities to include all Mechanical/Stationary Equipment including Heat Exchangers, Boilers & Pressure Vessels, Columns, Reactors, Fired Equipment, Pipe Valves Fittings, other assigned categories and all related technical materials supplies.
  • Executes the sourcing process and is able to effectively source segments and/or commodities with increasing complexity and medium value. 
  • Understands strategies for assigned segments or commodities and proactively drives initiatives to meet sourcing objectives.
  • Drives productivity opportunities with supply base to deliver value to the business.
  • Supports Sr. Category Managers during complex sourcing initiatives through data modeling and analysis, change management & new process execution.
  • Ensures high ethical and financial control compliance standards are met by the organization.
  • Maximizes revenue share and controls cost by responding to audits, surveys, or other information requests from internal and external sources.
  • Articulates LYB procurement policies and standards. Encourages and enforces compliance. Answers inquiries requiring interpretation of policies and contributes to a strong governance culture by complying with appropriate governance policies and procedures.
  • Works collaboratively with the Buyers in the implementation of strategic sourcing initiatives.
  • Develops and composes bid specification in such a manner that internal customer needs are addressed.
  • Demonstrates the initiative to challenge inefficiencies, process deviations, and strategy deviations.
  • Understands strategies for assigned commodities and proactively drives initiatives to meet sourcing objectives.
  • Assesses supplier capabilities thru KPI analysis and makes recommendations on supplier acceptability.  Identifies and qualifies new suppliers as required.



Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree Mechanical / Industrial Engineering required.  Master’s degree preferred. 
  • 6+ years related experience with Mechanical Equipment in a petrochemical industry environment required with a degree (10 years in lieu of a degree); 
  • 3+ years of chemical or related industry experience and knowledge related to purchasing and materials management is preferred.
  • Experience in establishing commodity/segment strategies for Mechanical/Stationary Equipment and related technical supplies strongly preferred.
  • Experience in manufacturing environment, in Technical or Business-related positions preferred.
  • Negotiations and contract experience required.  
  • We are looking for a results driven team player who can communicate well at multiple levels in the company and who has the skills and ability to lead cross functional teams including internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience working in a matrix global organization structure is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with diverse global teams and interacting with globally located suppliers is a strong requirement for success.

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.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


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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