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Sourcing Specialist


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  79703
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  NA Additives & Fillers
Division:  Global Business Services


Basic Function

  • Supports Category Managers in the implementation of sourcing plans and tactics to effectively manage the assigned portfolio and associated activities.
  • Supports Category Managers by completing complex analysis for both internal requirements and external market analysis to support the sourcing process.
  • Begins to independently manage sourcing projects with medium complexity and medium value.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Analyzes bid responses to determine the most responsive and responsible bidder to optimize total cost of ownership for the internal client.
  • Negotiates spot agreements, including lower value/less complex strategic agreements and any changes in vendor contracts to maximize benefit to LYB.
  • Analyzes spend/data/trends to identify and develop overall strategic sourcing initiatives which meet the needs of the customer and provides solutions/recommendations to the Category Manager based on research of institutional spend, end-user impact, feedback and  marketplace analysis.
  • 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.
  • Ability to decide if recurring purchases are appropriate for strategic sourcing agreement/initiatives. 
  • Develops and maintains awareness of changing commodity-related business trends in the marketplace and the possible impact to the company.
  •  Defends and/or justifies an award of a formal bid or proposal in the event of a formal protest filed by a vendor/contractor with support from Category or Procurement Management.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • 2+ years of chemical, or related industry experience in purchasing, customer service, engineering, and/or supply chain is preferred. 
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in SAP and BI is preferred


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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