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Category Manager Industrial Gasses


Rotterdam, NL, 3013 AA

Req ID:  84702
Facility:  Rotterdam-548
Department:  Utilities Technical Gases
Division:  Olefins and Polyolefins and Global Procu

Are you passionate about industrial gasses and utilities? Do you want to play a key role in supporting LyondellBasell’s operations and sustainability goals in Northern and Central Europe? 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

As a leader in the global chemical industry, LyondellBasell strives every day to be the safest, best operated and most valued company in our industry. The company’s products, materials and technologies are advancing sustainable solutions for food safety, access to clean water, healthcare and fuel efficiency in more than 100 international markets. LyondellBasell places high priority on diversity, equity and inclusion and is Advancing Good with an emphasis on our planet, the communities where we operate and our future workforce. The company takes great pride in its world-class technology and customer focus. LyondellBasell has stepped up its circularity and climate ambitions and actions to address the global challenges of plastic waste and decarbonization. For more information, please visit or follow @LyondellBasell on LinkedIn.

This is the role

As Category Manager you will have a key position within the Global Industrial Gases & Utiltities division of LyondellBasell with high visibility across LyondellBasell’s EU divisions and organizations. 

You will focus on a portfolio of manufacturing sites in Northern and Central Europe, ensuring the development, deployment and management of the procurement strategies for Industrial Gases & Utilities (such as Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Syngas, Raw and Clarified Waters) required to support company operations. 

In addition you’ll support the company’s energy transition and CO2 abatement initiatives in Northern and Central Europe, particularly in Germany. You have a strong understanding of the European Industrial Gases and regional laws and regulations (such as RED III and actively participate in branch organizations and industry partnerships related to carbon abatement initiatives. 

In your role, you provide strategic guidance and recommendations for current Industrial Gases and Utility supply and sales contracts, assessing them against the company’s sustainability goals. You manage effective internal client and supplier relationships up to the senior level and are able to convincingly influence decision makers and stakeholders.



  • Understand and interpret financial and macro/microeconomic information/data from the market and both LYB and suppliers to devise ways to deliver value to the company using various strategies. 
  • Develop category strategies within the rapidly developing EU political landscape and climate ambitions.
  • Establish and manage long-term strategic relationships with suppliers, driving innovation.
  • Strategic Sourcing. Creating value in a largely single-supply or monopolistic supply environment. Develop  alternatives (e.g. own-build) which require complex and resource intensive internal cross functional projects.
  • Understand and apply segment strategies of the Indutrial Gases & Water segments with autonomy.
  • Understand and drive consensus on the sometimes conflicting needs of internal stakeholders (site manager, business directors)
  • Develop complex should cost models and financial metrics based on competitive intelligence of supplier assets and business strategies.
  • Lead negotiations at various levels, including senior leadership.

This is who your are

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

You are customer-focused, proactive, and strategic and you excel at understanding the needs of the (internal) customers and translating them into the best sourcing strategies. You will have excellent communication and influencing skills, and the ability to present and negotiate with senior management - business as well as manufacturing. You will also have strong problem solving and decision making skills, and you are a collaborative and supportive team player, who is not afraid to speak up.

This is what you bring

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in (Chemical, Mechanical) Engineering
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience required in chemical or related industry combined with purchasing and materials management strategy/contract management.
  • 5+ years of experience in positions mastering knowledge of business processes in a commercial environment preferred.
  • Experience in establishing commodity/segment strategies and management preferred.
  • Proven track record of commercial skills with the capability to negotiate the best deal for the company considering the balance of short/long term, cost, complexity and risks.
  • Understands Cultural differences and how to develop and implement results at different regional environments, markets, conditions, laws and legislations across Europe.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of applications such as SAP, Ariba, Ecovadis etc. to manage the supply contracts.
  • Fluent in English. Being fluent in the German language is considered a major plus (speaking and writing). Another European country language preferred.

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. The Company's Global Remote Work Policy allows eligible employees the option to work up to three days a week from home. LyondellBasell is committed to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) to ensure a positive experience for all employees. 


Please feel free to contact Leonie Mulder at leonie.mulder @ 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.

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