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Procurement Specialist


Morris, IL, US, 60450

Req ID:  84331
Facility:  Morris Operations-130
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 2020, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the third consecutive year.


LyondellBasell’s Global Procurement group facilitates supply solutions globally for LyondellBasell. We manage supplier relationships in order to provide value to our internal customers in the acquisition of materials, services, and utilities. As the procurement ‘boots on the ground’ in the sites, the Procurement Specialist will serve as “procurement ambassador” or ”one stop shop” for internal customers, helping to ensure different parts of the procurement value chain (category, ESS, AP) are appropriately leveraged to meet client needs. As “value-creator” the role will have focus of advancing competitiveness from rapid sourcing, rapid renegotiation as well as contract and T&C negotiation to meet the assigned cost savings objectives. Furthermore the procurement specialist will serve as “connector” between commodity strategy/categories, stakeholders and transactional arm of procurement, to ensure common understanding to minimize spend leakage

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Execute defined commodity/segment sourcing strategies for assigned sites, eg. RFP / tender / "Rapid Sourcing"
  • Support collection of supplier performance feedback from stakeholders at assigned sites
  • Manage LYB relationship with local / regional suppliers, incl negotiation of T&Cs, rates etc
  • Support as required/appropriate the implementation of category Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) strategies with local/regional supplier affiliates/entities
  • Identify and/or champion continuous improvement initiatives that deliver efficiency gains
  • Execute a robust stakeholder engagement plan, ensuring early procurement involvement
  • Train stakeholders on procurement processes and initiatives
  • Act as direct procurement contact and field based-liaison for assigned sites, including for urgent orders, emergencies, ESS or Category escalation, on-site support and follow-up for procurement initiatives etc
  • Review 3-6mth Maintenance lookahead to identify opportunities for value creation and communicate requirements timely
  • Provide feedback, site intel & inputs to support development of fit-for-purpose commodity strategies
  • Review (in conjunction with Regional sourcing) commodity strategies to (i) identify gaps / non-strategic spend (ii) define action plan to close gaps / deviations (iii) communicate actions and track execution
  • Provide on-call / after-hours buying coverage for NA sites per on-call roster
  • Issue POs from approved PRs per procedures and support assigned PRs/POs through the Source-to-Pay value chain
  • Monitor/track KPIs with ESS for buyer / site default queues; Escalate as required to maintain consistently acceptable service levels
  • Support procurement emergency response for unplanned outages or other emergencies, e.g. severe weather event response




Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required 
  • 5 years related experience 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using SAP ERP system for procurement processes
  • Experience using Ariba is preferred but not required
  • Experience with creating RFx, PO’s, Contracts and SOW (SAP Ariba, SAP ECC)
  • 2-3 years of chemical / engineering or related industry experience is desirable

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 champion our employees, and unlock value for customers, investors and society. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is strongly committed to our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce.  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: Chicago

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