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Category Manager, Sustainability


Suzhou, CN

Req ID:  78724
Facility:  Suzhou-485
Department:  APAC Raw Materials and Utilities
Division:  Global Business Services

Category Manager, Sustainability

Basic Function

This is a key position within APAC Raw Material & Utilities Procurement Department of LyondellBasell with high visibility across LyondellBasell’s APAC divisions and organizations. 
This role sets the strategic direction for, develops and leads the category strategy for Sustainability Initiatives (PCR/PIR material which include PP/PET/PC/ABS/PA6, etc..) and sourcing for APS/O&P Asia. In addition, this role will work closely with business and supplier on LCA analysis. 
Utilizes comprehensive and systemic market analysis for the recycle material of APAC procured to drive lowest total cost and secure the recycle material maximum value to the company. Manages effective internal client and supplier relationships up to the senior level and is able to convincingly influence decision makers and stakeholders.
Understands APAC country’s recycle material markets as well as LYB product safety requirement. Work closely with engineering and product stewardship team define best fit material and local supplier. 
Contributes to the implementation and continuous improvement of procurement processes, procedures and systems through written policies, procedures, training, and effective measures consistent with internal controls.

Roles & Responsibilities

•    Understand and interpret financial and macro/micro economic information/data from the market and from both LYB and suppliers to be able to devise ways to deliver value to the company employing different levers 
•    Executes PCR/PIR material strategic sourcing following the agreed processes and sourcing strategy methodology ( 7SSS, etc..) 
•    Develop recycle material supplier pool and category strategy to support LYB APAC sustainability initiatives and business growth. Lead strategic long term supplier relationships and drive supplier innovation
•    Define LRP and annual operation plan to build up value generation pipeline for PCR/PIR material application project growth in APAC region.
•    Provide regular category market trend and work closely with business to define right purchasing plan.
•    Develop complex should cost models and financial metrics based on competitive intelligence of supplier assets and business strategies
•    Ensures the deployment of strategic purchasing plans driven by customer requirements, manufacturing results and capabilities, distribution and logistics objectives and business economics.
•    Maintains focus on value added activities and able to identify and implement alternative innovative, and creative solutions to drive lowest total cost of ownership. Capable of balancing cost saving opportunity with risk mitigation
•    Promotes excellent working relationships with internal customers and other supporting organizations.
•    Perform yearly supplier performance rating with x-function team and supplier performance moniorting in terms of delivery and quality. 
•    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 and overall supplier management.

Min. Qualifications

•    Bachelor's degree required (or recognized equivalent).
•    5~8 years of chemical or oil gas experience and knowledge related to purchasing/materials management or marketing/engineering is required

•    Understand Carbon neutralization initiatives and LCA analysis knowledge.
•    Familiar with the requirement on CO2 reduction, recycle material use policy and renewable energy solution of country in Asia. 
•    Advanced knowledge and ability to apply the concepts of general business systems, personnel management, team dynamics, purchasing management, concepts of strategic planning and sourcing, performance measurements, and management through systems at local teams and sites.
•    Strong and familiar with project management process to drive efficient. 
•    Advanced PC skills, including Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint, and knowledge of SAP, Procurement ERP systems eg: ARIBA. 

Preferred Qualifications

•    Master's degree strongly preferred (or recognized equivalent).
•    Strong Sustainability regulation knowledge and recycle material market status of APAC country. 
•    Business acumen and marketing mindset
•    Drive for results and strives for excellence
•    Impact and influence
•    Strategic thinking
•    Supplier Quality Management skillset.

Critical Competencies/Behaviors:
1.    Customer Focus – able to understand the needs of the (internal) customers and to translate these in the best sourcing strategies
2.    Drive for results and desire to achieve ‘the best’ – get things done, sense of urgency
3.    Excellent communication skills, as well orally as in writing – able to influence, communicate and present to senior management - business as well as manufacturing.
4.    Problem solving and decision making – provide the right analysis, develop should cost models, assess different supply options and substantiate proposed solutions with numbers if needed. Propose and decide on path forward
5.    Ability to convert details to strategy – able to see the bigger picture, look beyond the contract itself
6.    Mature, independent worker and critical. Team player yet not afraid to speak up

1.    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
2.    Understands Cultural differences and how to develop and implement results at different regional environments, markets, conditions, laws and legislations across APAC
1.    Fluent in English language (speaking and writing). 
2.    Another European country language preferred.


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

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