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Category Specialist

Date: Jun 23, 2022

Location: USA: Woodlands, TX, US, 77380

Company: CPChem

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The Category Specialist – Plant Materials will provide strategic sourcing, contract ownership, supplier management, and overall category management of select materials categories within the Global Procurement organization.  Examples of materials sourced are pipe/valves/fittings, rental equipment, rotating equipment, repair parts, hoses, MRO and safety supplies. While implementing sourcing strategies, this position ensures accurate definition of requirements, negotiates, and develops commercial contracts, proactively improves existing agreements, pursues savings opportunities, and seeks to progress the overall impact of Global Procurement.  This position establishes and maintains effective commercial contracts consistent with company policies and controls.  This individual establishes and utilizes a support network for timely acquisition and disposition of materials/services required while achieving maximum overall cost effectiveness.  This position reports to the Category Manager, Plant Materials.


  • Responsible for executing complex local, regional, national, and global service agreements, contract amendments, renewals, and extensions as well as managing their effective administration in accordance with Purchasing Policy, Procedures and Controls
  • Responsible for leading the RFP process including definition of stakeholder requirement, performing spend analysis, financial due diligence, analysis of corporate compatibility, preparing and issuing bid proposals/packages, acting as the single point of contact for communications, leading supplier evaluations and scoring process, and final supplier selection in conjunction with stakeholder and subject matter experts
  • Effectively negotiates commercial pricing, labor rates, equipment rental rates, materials/equipment mark-ups, and terms and conditions with suppliers to develop contracts that provide optimal business and legal provisions for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Develops and implements supplier relationship management programs with key suppliers including the use of scorecards to gauge performance and the health of the relationship with periodic meetings to optimize the relationship and generate value for both parties
  • Becomes the Sourcing Expert in defined category spends by keeping abreast of market conditions and trends, best practices, and leading contractors/suppliers within the category
  • Develops and deploys the procurement strategy for leveraging defined categories of spend.
  • Provides training and guidance to less experienced category personnel as the situation may require.  Training topics consist of, but are not limited to sourcing practices, contract development, negotiations, and procedural and process training

Responsibilities (continued)

  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Category Manager
  • Promotes and upholds CPChem’s commitment to safety both internally and with our supplier and contractors
  • Performs job professionally and under appropriate level supervision
  • Meets or exceeds expectations to ensure the highest level of customer service and increased value to the business
  • Communicates effectively at all levels of the organization to ensure clarity in expectations, requirements, and deliverables
  • Complete assigned training to enhance learning and development
  • Develop and generate strategy compliance and other reports
  • Capture and document work processes for use in training and improving efficiency across the department
  • Provide training to customers or colleagues where necessary



Responsibilities (continued)

Core Competencies:

  • Able to incorporate Excellence in everything related to job execution and to take Ownership of the role and its responsibilities.
  • Uncompromising commitment to safe work practices and to the ethical and legal policies of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Ability to understand, align with, and meet the customer’s expectations
  • Ability to successfully perform tasks to deliver sound work products
  • Strong communication, analytical, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated interest in training, growth, and development
  • Sound professionalism, business acumen, and ethical behavior
  • Dedicated customer service focus, while being flexible and adapting to meet changing customer needs
  • Manage the project flow and communications for each opportunity to ensure prompt results
  • Ability to process and handle documentation accurately and effectively
  • Build meaningful, sustainable, and productive customer, supplier, and colleague relationships
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to internal customer relationships
  • Consider issues from the customer’s perspective
  • Deal with problems calmly and objectively, maintain the customer’s confidence in their resolution
  • Maintain customer confidentiality and always exercise discretion
  • Customer focused, punctual and display a sense of urgency
  • Ability to work independently as well as a highly functioning team member

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Procurement, Contract Management, Supply Chain, Business, Engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in sourcing goods and/or services, commercial and contract negotiations, contract management, and demonstrated value creation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of price analysis, and labor rate negotiating techniques, risk mitigation and common purchasing processes required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certification (i.e., C.P.M., CPSM) or MBA
  • SAP and Ariba experience
  • Minimum of 5 years prior commercial experience in the petrochemical or petroleum refining industries preferred.


Chevron Phillips Chemical offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and at most locations, alternate work schedules. To learn more about Chevron Phillips Chemical and to be considered for a position, please visit us online today at


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Chevron Phillips Chemical Company is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status or marital status.


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Travel Requirements: Up to 5%

Eligibility for Relocation: No

Closing Date: 07/07/2022

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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