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Phillips 66 Category Specialist - Catalysts and Precious Metals in Houston, Texas

Phillips 66 & YOU- Together we can fuel the future

Phillips 66 has more than 140 years of experience in providing the energy that allows people to dream bigger and go farther, faster. We are committed to improving lives. That is our promise to our employees and our communities. And we are sustained by the backgrounds and experiences of our diverse teams. We call our cultural mindset Our Energy in Action, and it is defined through four simple, intuitive behaviors: We work for the greater good, create an environment of trust, seek different perspectives and achieve excellence. Phillips 66, ranked No. 23 on the Fortune 500 in 2019, has returned more than $26 billion to our shareholders since 2012.


The Catalyst & Precious Metals Category Specialist will support the Category Procurement function by defining sourcing opportunities, developing and aligning sourcing strategies, managing supplier performance, analyzing market conditions, and negotiating with suppliers & internal partners to optimize value. The Category Specialist is accountable for all suppliers within their assigned sub-categories, potentially including precious metals inventory management and various refining catalysts for reforming, isomerization, benzene saturation, hydro processing and fluidized catalytic cracking applications and is required to exert influence and exhibit leadership to deliver the desired results.

Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop and manage 3-5-year sub-category supply strategies with appropriate stakeholders highlighting current and projected market size, company spend patterns, cost/margin structure, threats, risks and demand/supply trends.

  • Develop and maintain market data collection practices to identify strategic value opportunities.

  • Manage Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for applicable sub-categories while minimizing risk and exposure.

  • Manage supplier performance with appropriate stakeholders for applicable sub-categories by performing supplier performance assessments, developing and monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and maintaining healthy supplier relationships.

  • Perform quantitative analysis to support functional decision-making category strategies development.

  • Plan and conduct agreement negotiations.

  • Coordinate Request for Proposal (RFP) process with technical stakeholders and suppliers for purchases in applicable sub-categories.

  • Draft and execute agreements (master, compensation, outline, etc.) using company approved templates with assistance from appropriate SMEs.

  • Manage and maintain Business Unit (BU) stakeholder relationships to verify supplier performance, stay abreast of market dynamics, and understand operations objectives that could alter short- and long-term sub-category strategies.

Position Requirements


  • Legally authorized to work in the job posting country

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5 or more years of relevant work experience

  • Advanced understanding of relevant category management or supply chain functional processes

  • 5 or more years of experience independently applying data analysis techniques to inform category strategy approach and solve complex problems

  • 5 or more years of experience working with and influencing multiple business partners

  • Self-motivated with a proven ability to communicate effectively, synthesize information from multiple sources, manage competing priorities, and adapt quickly to change while delivering results

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, business, engineering or related field

  • Experience in category management or procurement

  • Extensive knowledge in SAP, Business Warehouse, Ariba, Qliksense and other procurement technologies (e.g., e-Sourcing, Contract Management, Supplier Relationship Performance Management, Data Analytics)

  • Direct experience with refining catalyst procurement and/or precious metals management processes

  • ISM, IACCM or other relevant certification

To be considered

In order to be considered for this position you must complete the entire application process, which includes answering all prescreening questions and providing your eSignature on or before the requisition closing date of June 4, 2020 .

Candidates for regular U.S. positions must be a U.S. citizen or national, or an alien admitted as permanent resident, refugee, asylee or temporary resident under 8 U.S.C. 1160(a) or 1255(a)(1). Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Phillips 66 is an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Requisition ID: 52515

Location: Texas - Houston

Job Field: Procurement

Division : Procurement

Technical Req : No