Category Manager
Lyondell Chemical Company

Houston, Texas

Posted in Manufacturing and Production

Job Info


Basic Function

  • Develops, deploys and manages the procurement strategies for general corporate services, with a focus on contingent labor services required to support company operations for groups including manufacturing, IT, HR, and similar corporate functions and projects.
  • Works directly with managed services provider and business functional group leadership to establish agreements with new and existing labor providers, addressing project/scope of work and overall departmental strategic initiatives
  • Involves multi-year and multi-million dollar expenditures negotiated and contracted utilizing master agreements. Utilizes comprehensive and systemic market analysis for the services procured to drive lowest total cost and maximum value to the company.
  • Manages effective internal client and supplier relationships up to the senior level.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Executes strategic sourcing efforts following the agreed processes and sourcing strategy methodology. Utilizes market analysis and contracting strategies for contingent labor services and other areas of responsibilities. Promotes cross-functional teams in assessing risks and developing models associated with supply and technical compliance.
  • Ensures the deployment of strategic procurement plans driven by customer requirements, manufacturing results and capabilities, distribution and logistics objectives and business economics.
  • Implements measurement systems that clearly indicate the performance level of the sourcing strategy and supplier effectiveness. Maintains focus on added value, lowest total "life cycle" cost and cost savings.
  • Development of self and peers through dialogs, skill gap analysis and training. Promotes excellent working relationships with internal customers and other supporting organizations.
  • Maintains relationships with key corporate, business and manufacturing partners as well as key supplier contacts.
  • Ensures that business drivers, departmental goals and measures are aligned.
  • Recognized as a leader and an expert in segments, commodities and categories assigned providing knowledge and expertise within this area.
  • Develops and implements Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) programs and continuous improvement initiatives.

Min. Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required (or recognized equivalent). Master's degree preferred (or recognized equivalent).
  • 10+ years related experience required with a degree

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of chemical or related industry experience and knowledge related to purchasing and contingent labor services is preferred.
  • 10+ years of experience in positions mastering knowledge of business processes in a commercial environment preferred.
  • Experience in establishing, negotiating and managing corporate business function contingent labor strategies strongly preferred.


Builds effective teams


Cultivates innovation

Customer focus

Demonstrates courage

Drives results

Ensures accountability

Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

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.

We have the potential - and responsibility - to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That's why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world's most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products. To learn more, click here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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