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Senior Sourcing Specialist


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  76758
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Mechanical Equipment & PVF NAM
Division:  Global Business Services

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 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

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

  • Commodities to include MRO mill and safety supplies, electrical and machinery. 
  • 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 Category Managers during complex sourcing initiatives through data modeling and analysis, change management and 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 in business required (or recognized equivalent)
  • 4+ years related experience required with a degree; 
  • 3+ years of chemical or related industry experience and knowledge related to purchasing and materials management in MRO mechanical or electrical is required. 
  • Experience in manufacturing or an industrial distribution environment is required.  
  • Strong analytical skills required.
  • Experience in leveraging non-traditional sources of value generation such as productivity improvement, and strong supplier collaboration through SRM’s (Supplier Relationship Management).
  • Strategic Sourcing, contracts and negotiation experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Engineering degree preferred.  Master’s degree in Business preferred (or recognized equivalent). 
  • Experience in Technical or Business related positions preferred.
  • Experience in establishing commodity/segment strategies for MRO mechanical or electrical and other related technical materials supplies strongly preferred.


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

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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