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Category Specialist



About the job:


Nouryon’s Houston, TX location is looking for top candidates to fill the key role of Category Specialist. This role is essential to Optimize and support the deployment of Non-Product Related (NPR, Indirect) commercial agreements in Nouryon for the categories to which aligned. 


Categories of potential focus:

  • Technical and Engineering Services (Mechanical, Civil, Piping, Scaffolding, Insulation, Industrial Cleaning, Engineering, etc.)
  • Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental (QHSE)
  • Lab and Facilities Management
  • Waste Management
  • Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO)
  • Fabricated Equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Process Automation (PA) and Instrumentation



In your future role as a Category Specialist, you will:


  • Generate and implement efficient sourcing and category management strategies in areas of responsibility.
  • Estimate risks and apply risk minimizing techniques.
  • Implement and improve the sourcing standard processes, the required culture and sourcing continuous improvement programs.
  • Identify best practices and benchmarks and ensure deployment within areas of responsibility.
  • Develop and maintain in-depth market knowledge within areas of responsibility.
  • Research and anticipate shifts in the negotiation power of suppliers.
  • Develop and drive the organization to identify improvement areas, explore cost reduction opportunities and establish a total cost of ownership approach internally and with external suppliers.
  • Actively work to improve commercial terms with suppliers, identify ways to support minimize spending and reduce cost to support the company’s financial objectives.
  • Work actively with key stakeholders in the businesses and ISC including manufacturing, engineering, and also finance and other functions to build alignment around targets and establish common execution plans to support business growth and profitability improvement.
  • Represent Nouryon; build and maintain a network of business contacts in support of organizational objectives; conduct business in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies for product and services designed to support the identified business needs and in line with the Global Procurement strategy.
  • Collaborate with Nouryon’s India Service Center in support of Tail Spend (Low Spend) sourcing automation to ensure robust procurement support to Nouryon’s Manufacturing Sites.
  • Travel: 10% in region



Position Requirements:


  • University Bachelors or Master’s degree level, preferably in Business Administration, Engineering, Logistics, Supply chain.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in procurement and / or operations roles.
  • Good understanding of the Supply Chain and Manufacturing functions: strategy, processes, systems and organization.
  • Experience (direct / indirect) dealing with sales and customer service organizations.
  • Change management: managing improvement programs with diverse teams as well as the cultural aspects of the change to be delivered.
  • Strong Project management experience with lean management methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma.
  • Experience in Sourcing including Strategic Sourcing Methodology and contract management.
  • Preferably background in purchasing and/or manufacturing.
  • Preferably background in engaging across The Nordics and Rest of Europe and India.



We believe you bring:


  • Excellent interpersonal relationship, networking, and communication skills.
  • Stress resistance, flexible, problem-solving attitude.
  • Seen by others as credible, trustworthy, and open to new ideas.
  • Strong focus on results.
  • Good problem-solving skills, able to identify and structure issues, run accurate analyses and summarize recommendations.
  • Strong desire to improve existing status.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Further profound language skills of the region would be an advantage.
  • MS Office skills 


Good to know:

This is a permanent position on a full-time basis, reporting to the Global NPR Director based in Houston, TX.  


Please apply via our online recruitment system. We will not accept applications via e-mail. Once it's with us we will review to see if we have a match between your skills and the role! For more information about our hiring process, visit: nouryon.com/careers/how-we-hire/  


We look forward to receiving your application! 


We kindly ask our internal candidates to apply with your Nouryon email via Success Factors.  

About Nouryon:


We’re looking for tomorrow’s Changemakers, today. 


If you’re looking for your next career move, apply today and join Nouryon’s worldwide team of Changemakers in providing essential solutions that our customers use to manufacture everyday products such as personal care, cleaning, paints and coatings, agriculture and food, pharmaceuticals, and building products. Our employees are driven by the wish to make an impact and actively drive positive change. If that describes you, we will gladly make way for your ambitions. From day one we support you with your personal growth, through challenging positions and comprehensive learning and development opportunities, in a dynamic, international, diverse, and proactive working environment. 


Visit our website and follow us on LinkedIn.  



#WeAreNouryon #Changemakers 


We have already chosen our sourcing channels for this recruitment and kindly ask not to be contacted by any advertisement agents, recruitment agencies or staffing companies. 

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