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Buyer Transport Land


Rotterdam, NL, 3013 AA

Req ID:  75703
Facility:  Rotterdam-554
Department:  Logistics Procurement
Division:  Global APS and Supply Chain

Are you looking for a senior role in procurement where you'll be responsible  for the procurement strategy for all LyondellBasells European road and internodal freight transport? And are you an experienced Buyer at an industry peer or experienced in Sales at a transport company or freight forwarder? Do you want to work in a leading  international company within its field, in an environment where professional and personal growth is encouraged? Welcome to LyondellBasell…

This is LyondellBasell

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.

This is the role

As a Land Transportation Buyer you are responsible for developing and implementing the procurement strategy for LYB’s European road- and intermodal freight transport services in 1 of 3 portfolio areas: bulk polymers, packed polymers or dangerous goods (chemicals). You negotiate the terms & conditions for these services with a broad range of leading European road haulage companies, developing agile and flexible strategies that meet the needs of our businesses and customers in a dynamic and ever changing internal and external environment.


As a Land Transportation Buyer you are the market expert and go-to person for all road transport related questions. You work with key internal stakeholders: business/sales management, logistics operations, logistics compliance to define and align on HSE considerations, business and customer needs  and defines and executes procurement startegies accordingly.  You are the face of LYB to our key service providers, actively managing these relationships, monitoring and managing their performance and acting as their focal point within the European SC organization.


Roles & responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the European land transportation procurement strategy for area of responsibility (portfolio).
  • Lead procurement efforts incl. tenders / negotiations for all transport services in portfolio.
  • Ensure transportation procurement is cost-effective, in line with the required service level.
  • Manage relationships with internal business partners, regional supply chain organisations and external service providers (LSP’s).
  • Ensure that suppliers meet LYB’s safety, quality, technical, legal, commercial, operational requirements and standards.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant US and international laws and / or conventions, and appropriate management of risks.
  • Develop knowledge of transportation market trends and understands the long term business impact for stakeholders.
  • Champion continuous improvement of procurement activities. Consults regionally and globally to identify synergy opportunities and pursues opportunities to leverage purchase volume, operating efficiency and drive purchasing effectiveness.
  • Develop purchasing procedures in alignment with all key stakeholders.
  • Benchmark and analyse the total cost of the services versus the market, and initiates projects for improvement and cost savings.
  • Manage and resolve timely, all commercial issues related to performance of LSP’s.
  • Drive continuous improvement through clearly defined performance metrics and ensures contract execution in accordance with the pre-defined criteria.
  • Develop and use reports/dashboards to evaluate (LSP) performance and supports continuous improvement and optimization efforts. Support tools include SAP/ Business Warehouse, Tranporeon (TMS) and Tableau
  • Back-up for the other Land Transport positions

This is who you are

To be successful in this role you must recognize yourself in the following skill set:

  • Business strategy development
  • Negotiation skills
  • Relationship management and networking skills
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Analytical skills to evaluate complex commercial proposals/scenarios and to build/defend business cases to support justification of logistics solutions
  • Good understanding of Corporate business processes for delegated decision making, administration and operations 
  • Must be able to perform effectively with many competing priorities and ambiguous situations: dealing with uncertainty
  • Ability to recognize patterns in incidents (missed targets, complaints) and use these to drive structural improvements (rather than ad-hoc fixes)

This is what you bring

  • Professional with minimum 7 years of experience in a business environment.
  • Relevant experience in/with Supply Chain / Transport & Logistics organization(s).
  • Commercial experience (procurement and/or sales) in the segment of road and/or intermodal transport services (e.g. with transport company, freight forwarder, industry peer).
  • Profound knowledge of business concepts, processes and tools (SAP, TMS, RFQ, 3PL/4PL) related to the procurement of freight transport services.
  • Knowledge of emerging topics in the road transport sector: digitization, sustainability/carbon footprint, real-time visibility, capacity/driver shortage, collaboration concepts, legislation & regulation etc. Ability to act as a senior discussion partner for these topics.
  • Innovator / Change agent.
  • Must be fluent in English, one or more additional European languages is a plus

This is what we offer

We offer an environment where we encourage personal and professional growth and where you will be rewarded for your performance and results. You will have the possibility to work with specialist on all fields to develop innovative solutions and to extend your national and international network. In addition, we offer you a competitive salary package.


Please feel free to contact Manoe Koningstein at manoe.koningstein@ for more details. Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume via the application button. Only applications through this application button will be taken into consideration.

The recruitment process exists of an initial phone screening and two business interviews before proceeding to a possible job offer.




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