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IT Category Manager


Rotterdam, NL, 3013 AA

Req ID:  79424
Facility:  Rotterdam-548
Department:  GSC IT
Division:  Global Business Services


This is who we are


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.

This is the role


The IT Category Manager is responsible for developing, deploying, and managing the procurement strategies for Information Technology (IT) commodities and services required to support company operations. IT spend categories include IT Hardware (workstations, servers, storage, multi-functional devices, peripherals, etc), IT Software (infrastructure, ERP, business, security, manufacturing applications, etc), and IT Services (application development, implementation and support, outsourcing for Help Desks, network monitoring, data center operations, telecom expense management, etc).


The IT Category Manager negotiates, executes and maintains multi-year/multi-million-dollar global agreements, and utilizes comprehensive and systemic market analyses for the IT software, hardware and services procured to drive lowest total cost and maximum value to the company.


The IT Category Manager manages effective internal and external IT client, stakeholder, and supplier relationships up to and including the senior level.  Additionally, the role includes responsibility for strategic supplier relationship management via LYB’s Advancing Strategic Potential (ASP) program aimed at growing supply partner relationships to enable the company’s broadest strategic aspirations.

Roles & Responsibilities


  • Executes strategic sourcing tasks following the established processes and sourcing strategy methodology. 
  • Gathers, analyzes, presents and applies market intelligence related both to IT spend categories and IT suppliers to increase market leverage and develop and deploy formal contracting strategies.
  • Works cross-functionally to assess supply risks and develop associated risk mitigation plans.
  • Implements measurement systems that clearly indicate the performance level of the IT sourcing strategy and supplier effectiveness. Maintains focus on added value, lowest total “life cycle” cost and cost savings.
  • Contributes to the development of peers through dialogs, skill gap analysis and on-the-job training.
  • Acts as a resource for colleagues with less experience; may direct the work of other staff members.
  • Promotes excellent working relationships with IT stakeholders and other internal supporting organizations.
  • Maintains effective relationships with key IT and business partners as well as strategic IT suppliers.
  • Contributes to the alignment between team performance goals and business drivers.
  • Recognized as a leader and expert in assigned IT spend categories, providing knowledge and expertise within these areas including, but not limited to supplier capabilities, market constraints, and new product offerings.
  • Leads cross-functional teams in implementing programs that are highly-visible and strategic to LYB.
  • Leads change management activities to achieve measurable results from executed IT strategic sourcing strategies within respective IT spend categories.
  • Develops and implements supplier continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for commercial role in large-scale ASP projects with global impact, significant complexity, and unique requirements.  ASP projects require a high degree of cross-functional business integration and alignment to ensure that multi-year collaborative commitments between LYB and strategic suppliers are effectively implemented.   


This is what you bring


  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master’s degree is preferred (or recognized equivalent).
  • 5+ years related experience required with a degree (IT Procurement, Project Management, IT, Sales or Supply Chain experience)
  • 3+ years of chemical or related industry experience and knowledge related to IT Procurement is preferred
  • Experience in establishing and managing IT spend category strategies
  • Proven facilitation and communication skills to nurture relationships with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to influence without positional authority
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • Experience related to organizational change management and project leadership
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Time management skills
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Possesses a passion for continuous improvement and innovation

Critical Competencies/Behaviors


  • Instills trust and exemplifies integrity – gains the confidence and trust of others and acts with integrity
  • Demonstrates courage – steps up to address difficult issues
  • Builds effective teams – builds and supports teams by applying diverse skills and perspectives around common goals
  • Ensures accountability – holds self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Drives for results – consistently achieves results
  • Collaborates – builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives within and across functions up to and including the executive levels
  • Cultivates innovation -creates new and better ways for the organization to be successful
  • Customer focus – builds strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions both internally and externally

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 two days a week from home.


LyondellBasell is committed to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) to ensure a positive experience for all employees.

Interested ?


Please feel free to connect with Ton Brands, Corporate recruiter ton.brands @ for more details. Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume via the application button


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