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Sr. Category Manager


Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  79331
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Electrical, Instrumentation & Automation
Division:  Global Business Services


Basic Function

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

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Commodities to include DCS, Safety Instrumented Systems, Instrumentation, Motors, Analyzers, Switchgear and Transformers, and other related technical materials supplies.
  • 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.
  • 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. Increased responsibility.
  • Development of reporting personnel and peers through dialogs, skill gap analysis and training. May have up to 5 indirect/direct reports.  
  • 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.
  • Recognized as a leader and an expert in segments, commodities and/or categories assigned; providing knowledge and expertise within this area.
  • Develops and implements supplier continuous improvement initiatives.

Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Electronics or Electrical Engineering required.
  • 8+ years relevant experience with Industrial Automation and Control Systems in a petrochemical industry environment is required.   
  • Deep background in the Electrical Automation and Instrumentation space and industry work experience is highly desirable and a key success factor.  
  • Experience in establishing commodity/segment strategies for Industrial Plant Automation, Control Systems and Instrumentation, and related technical material categories strongly preferred.  We are looking for a results driven team player who can communicate well at multiple levels in the company and who has the skills and ability to lead cross functional teams including internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred. 
  • 3+ years of chemical or related industry experience and knowledge related to purchasing and materials management is preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in positions mastering knowledge of business processes in a commercial environment preferred. 
  • The candidate must have experience in the traditional strategic sourcing, contract management, negotiation, procurement strategy development and implementation and stakeholder engagement.  Experience in driving non-traditional sources of value generation via strong supplier collaboration is strongly preferred. 


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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.


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