Regional Category Manager - MRO, PPE and Industrial Gasses

Fulltime, Integrated Supply Chain

Houston, Texas, United States Apply Now Apply until: Open until further notice

The Regional Category Manager will develop and implement sourcing strategies for the assigned categories of MRO, PPE, and Industrial Gasses. The professional is will oversee all procurement and supply chain activities for the assigned categories.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Source products and services for categories within the region and optimize commercial terms and total cost of ownership.
  • Actively engage with key stakeholders from different Business Units to gather business requirements and specifications within the region and incorporate into sourcing strategies, supplier selections and decisions.
  • Select, drive and develop suppliers in line with organizational business requirements and track supplier performance on a continuous basis in collaboration with the tactical procurement team in the region as well as key stakeholders at the sites.
  • Monitor the external market to explore new business models and innovation.
  • Identify potential new suppliers, assess best country sourcing alternatives and industry best practices and consequently build up deep expertise around the products and services within scope.
  • Continuously seek out and identify ways of taking out cost (based on TCO approach) to meet individual and team targets as well as working with stakeholders to lower and optimize spending on NPR.
  • Balance cost with quality improvements and supply reliability by consolidating and raising the performance of the supplier base.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to align technical and commercial requirements and secure total cost of ownership solutions and secure long-term partnership with key suppliers.
  • Support and secure a strong collaboration between functions within the Regional NPR leadership team and balance activities between business units, sites and corporate locations.
  • Build and maintain competitive contacts with suppliers to secure total cost of ownership solutions.
  • Lead value engineering and other cost reduction activity both cross functionally and across businesses and sites to identity and capture synergies.
  • Develop plans for the short-term and long-term security of supply.
  • Identify alternative suppliers and products for innovation, improved sustainability, cost reduction and in support of business strategy in coordination with the business.
  • Responsible for the collection and interpretation of market data and intelligence that impacts the categories that are under direct responsibility. Becomes the “go to” person for assigned spend within the region and stimulates cross business cooperation.
  • Works with global category managers and category buyers to implement contracts, supplier changes and projects and is responsible to secure a strong collaboration and link between tactical and strategic procurement across the region.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor or Masters degree in a relevant field.
  • Extensive negotiation experience and ability to influence people and selling concepts and ideas.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Advanced strategic thinking skills with ability to analyze data, understand interdependencies and develop strategies at a regional or global category level.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with people at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent relationship builder and skilled at managing external contacts.
  • Comprehensive experience of working with international sourcing across regions in high complexity environment.
  • Strong sense of accountability and ownership with a high level of autonomy to develop spend and cost reduction projects and execute on those together with stakeholders and other procurement members.
  • Willingness to work with personal cost targets and having the ability to develop and change strategy and apply various tools and actions to reach targets.



Nouryon offers a comprehensive array of benefits to suppport the well being of our employees and their families. This includes paid vacation time, paid holidays, sick time, medical, dental, vision, and others.


About Nouryon

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers.



All applicants offered positions by Nouryon will be required to provide proof of their fully vaccinated COVID-19 status prior to beginning employment, subject to any exceptions made by Nouryon for religious or disability-related reasons.


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