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Sourcing Manager, Rail


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  80200
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Fleet Management
Division:  Global APS and Supply Chain


Basic Function

Supply Chain is a customer-focused Center of Excellence providing industry-leading service while delivering
differential value to the business, today and into the future.  We separate our Supply Chain functions into several
areas; these include logistics, customer fulfillment, services, trade compliance, and support for business processes
and systems. 

As a member of our dynamic Supply Chain team, you will play a critical role in helping us supply our products to a
global customer base. In this individual contributor role, you will be responsible for the development and
implementation of procurement strategies for contracts related to rail freight, rail assets, infrastructure, and
services. During a typical day, you will develop comprehensive programs for the supplier selection, approval, and
on-going performance management. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead the rail strategic sourcing process which includes requirements planning, market analysis,
  • developing RFP packages, bid analysis and evaluation, service provider selection and contract negotiations
  • and award with an approximate spend of $50MM-$100MM per year.
  • Act as a liaison and effectively manage relationships with internal business partners and external services
  • providers.
  • Lead execution of rail strategic sourcing initiatives while managing vendor performance to ensure alignment
  • with business objectives and goals. 
  • Ensure accurate definition of technical requirements and maintain detailed knowledge of the market
  • environment for rail transportation, railcars, and locomotives. 
  • Maintain relationships with vendors to ensure strong, productive, and honest interaction throughout the
  • relationship/contract/agreement.
  • Align commercial strategy and operational practices with a broad range of business stakeholders and
  • functional groups within the company.
  • Monitor key performance indicators (KPI) that ensure compliance, operational excellence, cost leadership
  • and improvement initiatives.
  • Lead change implementation for extended system improvements or other logistics projects.
  • Model LyondellBasell core competencies with internal and external stakeholders beginning to develop the
  • skills necessary to contribute strategically

Min. Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ experience in Supply Chain, logistics, and/or other purchasing
  • related experience with prior knowledge and understanding of the rail industry.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s Degree or MBA preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will have excellent negotiating skills, good judgment & results orientation.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills with all levels of the organization, both oral
  • and written.
  • Commercial acumen and business understanding are required for this role.
  • Demonstratable ability to perform in a fast-paced environment that requires rapid decision-making and task
  • delegation with immediate impact on business results.

Preferred Qualifications

  • The selected candidate must meet TSA qualifications for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential
  • (TWIC) card.
  • Able to maintain professionalism and prioritize multiple responsibilities concurrently in a high-volume, fast paced environment.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Strong impact and influence.
  • Analytical skills and the ability to apply them to purchasing decisions.
  • Composed in time-sensitive situations, comfortable delivering difficult news.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office Suite, SAP (BI), and Bourque.
  • Experience with ERP software such as SAP is desired.


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.

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