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Category Manager


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  80820
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Performance Chemicals
Division:  Olefins and Polyolefins and Global Procu

LyondellBasell’s Global Procurement group facilitates supply solutions globally for LyondellBasell. We manage supplier relationships in order to provide value to our internal customers in the acquisition of materials, services, and utilities. The Raw Materials, Catalysts Category Manager will independently manage catalyst and precious metals sourcing projects for chemical manufacturing facilities with increasing complexity and value. This position is located at our North American Headquarters in Downtown Houston. The position offers a competitive base salary, bonus, 401K matching, generous benefits package, pension plan and employee discounts.

Basic Function

  • Develops, deploys and manages the procurement strategies for catalysts and precious metals, commodities and services required to support company operations.
  • May involve multi-year/multi-million-dollar expenditures negotiated and contracted utilizing national agreements. Utilizes comprehensive and systemic market analysis for the goods/services procured to drive lowest total cost of ownership and maximum value to the company.
  • Manages effective internal client and supplier relationships up to the senior level.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Executes strategic sourcing following the agreed processes and sourcing strategy methodology. Utilizes market analysis and contracting strategies for commodities.
  • Promotes cross-functional teams in assessing risks and developing models associated with supply and technical compliance.
  • Ensures the deployment of strategic purchasing plans driven by customer requirements, manufacturing results and capabilities, distribution and logistics objectives and business economics.
  • Recognized as a leader and an expert in segments, commodities and/or categories assigned, providing knowledge and expertise within this area. 
  • Negotiates contracts to support commodity strategies with focus on total cost of ownership, value generation, security of supply and risk mitigation.
  • Implements measurement systems that clearly indicate the performance level of the sourcing strategy and supplier effectiveness. Maintains focus on added value, lowest total “life cycle” cost and cost savings. 
  • Development of reporting personnel and peers through dialogs, skill gap analysis and training. 
  • Promotes excellent working relationships with internal customers and other supporting organizations.
  • Maintains relationships with key business and manufacturing partners and key supplier contacts. 
  • Ensures that business drivers, departmental goals and measures are aligned.
  • Develops and implements supplier continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Present on a regular basis on cost reduction activities, process improvement and value generation for the respective category.


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Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required. Engineering degree preferred.
  • 8+ years related experience required with a degree

Preferred Qualifications


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

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.


We have the potential — and responsibility — to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That’s why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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