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I.T. Category Manager


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  82880
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  IT Proc Services
Division:  Olefins and Polyolefins and Global Procu


Basic Function

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.

This is the role:
The IT Category Manager is responsible for developing, deploying, and managing the procurement strategies for Information Technology (IT) commodities and services required to support company operations. IT spend categories include IT Hardware (workstations, servers, storage, multi-functional devices, peripherals, etc), IT Software (infrastructure, ERP, business, security, manufacturing applications, etc), and IT Services (application development, implementation and support, outsourcing for Help Desks, network monitoring, data center operations, telecom expense management, etc).

The IT Category Manager negotiates, executes and maintains multi-year/multi-million-dollar global agreements, and utilizes comprehensive and systemic market analyses for the IT software, hardware and services procured to
drive lowest total cost and maximum value to the company.

The IT Category Manager manages effective internal and external IT client, stakeholder, and supplier relationships up to and including the senior level.  Additionally, the role includes responsibility for strategic supplier relationship management via LYB’s Advancing Strategic Potential (ASP) program aimed at growing supply partner relationships to enable the company’s broadest strategic aspirations.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Executes strategic sourcing tasks following the established processes and sourcing strategy methodology. 
  • Gathers, analyzes, presents and applies market intelligence related both to IT spend categories and IT suppliers to increase market leverage and develop and deploy formal contracting strategies.
  • Works cross-functionally to assess supply risks and develop associated risk mitigation plans.
  • Implements measurement systems that clearly indicate the performance level of the IT sourcing strategy and supplier effectiveness. Maintains focus on added value, lowest total “life cycle” cost and cost savings.
  • Contributes to the development of peers through dialogs, skill gap analysis and on-the-job training.
  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may direct the work of other staff members.
  • Promotes excellent working relationships with IT stakeholders and other internal supporting organizations.
  • Maintains effective relationships with key IT and business partners as well as strategic IT suppliers.
  • Contributes to the alignment between team performance goals and business drivers.
  • Recognized as a leader and expert in assigned IT spend categories, providing knowledge and expertise within these areas including, but not limited to supplier capabilities, market constraints, and new product offerings.
  • Leads cross-functional teams in implementing programs that are highly-visible and strategic to LYB.
  • Leads change management activities to achieve measurable results from executed IT strategic sourcing strategies within respective IT spend categories.
  • Develops and implements supplier continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for commercial role in large-scale ASP projects with global impact, significant complexity, and unique requirements.  ASP projects require a high degree of cross-functional business integration and alignment to ensure that multi-year collaborative commitments between LYB and strategic suppliers are effectively implemented.  



Min. Qualifications

This is what you bring:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master’s degree is preferred (or recognized equivalent).
  • 5+ years related experience required with a degree (IT Procurement, Project Management, IT, Sales or
  • Supply Chain experience)
  • 3+ years of chemical or related industry experience and knowledge related to IT Procurement is preferred
  • Experience in establishing and managing IT spend category strategies
  • Proven facilitation and communication skills to nurture relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to influence without positional authority
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Experience related to organizational change management and project leadership
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Time management skills
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Possesses a passion for continuous improvement and innovation

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 unlock value for our customers, investors and society. 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.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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