Shell Senior Buyer Job Opening – USA

Shell has been operating in the United States since 1912. We believe that our people are our greatest asset and that is why we invest heavily in our employees. Our industry-leading development programme helps unlock your potential and will see you work with an unrivalled pool of local and global experts. We will make sure that your ideas will travel through our global network of experts. In the United States, Shell is a major oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized innovator in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America’s leading oil and gas producers, fuel and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. We operate in 50 states and employ more than 22,000 people delivering energy in technically innovative ways.

Job Details:

Job title:   Senior Buyer

Job ID:   13510BR

Location:  Deer Park, TX – USA

Job description

Sr. Buyers actively work with various Category and Procurement Managers, Technical & Maintenance Managers, and other site-based teams to identify optimal procurement strategies utilizing the Streamline Category Management Process (CMP). Sr. Buyers are responsible for leading the implementation of these strategies while negotiating site contracts to meet a number of local/regional challenges. Additionally, Sr. Buyers are responsible to work with the business to deliver robust contract management on existing agreements to ensure the deals are delivering the anticipated benefits.


  • Accountable for the overall development and delivery (end-to-end implementation) of procurement strategies to maximize the value of spend on a total life cycle basis.
  • Lead the development of contracting strategies including tender, negotiation and award and the post-award contract management and continuous improvements against the deals.
  • Take an active role in implementing Enterprise Framework Agreements at the site, including implementation of local call offs and transition between suppliers.
  • Ability to interface effectively with CP and business people across a wide variety of backgrounds and levels, both at the plant and the regional level.
  • Accountable for end-to-end Contract Management Process including Contract Owner and Contract Holder management and training.
  • Ensure HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environmental) compliance within the site to deliver Goal Zero safety performance.
  • Obtain active support for key procurement goals and objectives via local stakeholder engagement; able to link these goals to business needs and benefits, including LEAN manufacturing principles.
  • Deliver third party spend savings to achieve site cost reduction targets.
  • Ensure compliance with established strategies, contracts, policies, and procedures.
  • Manage relationships with key third party providers so as to meet business challenges and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Develop new commercial ideas and opportunities to enable the business to meet current and prospective business challenges.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of the supply market, including: a strong understanding of the drivers of value and cost for principal providers in the market; strong knowledge of the risks in the market and how best to respond; and a clear view of the ways in which we can most beneficially shape the market.
  • Maintain full understanding of CP policies and procedures, Contract Review Board processes, Requisition to Pay processes, and ERP related processes and procedures.
  • Develop, document and present robust Contract Review Board submittals for local/regional strategies.


  • Manage annual MRO Materials and Services spend in range of US $75 million per annum
  • Negotiating with key suppliers and concluding contracts with value up to US $10 million
  • Accountable for end-to-end Contract Management Process including Contract Owner and Contract Holder management and training
  • Ensure HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environmental) compliance within the site to deliver Goal Zero safety performance.

Special Challenges

  • Prioritize demanding workload; able to develop effective plans for meeting required timelines.
  • Change management with the business as we continue to drive for global/regional leverage and operational excellence
  • Pressure to continually improve cost position by looking at price, specifications and demand, while maintaining quality and safety standards.
  • Maintain appropriate balance between pre- and post-award contract activities, focusing on what will drive the greatest value or mitigate the biggest risks.
  • Comfortable working across organizational boundaries to deliver results (i.e. CP Operations, Group CP, Manufacturing, HSSE, etc.)

Position Requirements:

  • Must have legal authorization to work in the U.S. On a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Relevant college degree preferred coupled with work experience, but in lieu of degree will consider candidates with minimum 8+ years of CP experience.
  • Self starter, willing to actively develop networks and work across sites if needed to increase contribution
  • Experience in developing/executing services and material contracts.
  • Evidence of ‘Enterprise first‘ values and behaviors.
  • Well organized and able to manage competing priorities.
  • Able to develop and present sound business cases to senior leadership in support of planned strategies.

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