• Supply Chain Category Lead

    Job Locations US-TX-Houston
    Posted Date 6 months ago(6/7/2018 4:44 PM)
    Requisition ID
    2018-5522
    # of Openings
    5
  • Company Overview

    Apache Corporation, founded in 1954, is one of the world's premier independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. With operations in the United States, Egypt and the United Kingdom (North Sea), the company has a presence in domestic and international basins.  Apache is proud of its portfolio that includes exploration in conventional, unconventional, onshore and offshore operating areas. 

    At Apache, there is a world of opportunity. With a history of using sound financial practices and an abundant inventory of near-term and future development projects, the company is admired across the industry for its ability to navigate in a rapidly changing world. Apache succeeds in recognizing opportunity and acting quickly. The growth of the company comes from the coordinated efforts of its diverse and accomplished workforce.

    • Our vision is to be the premier exploration and production company, contributing to global progress by helping meet the world’s energy needs.
    • Our mission is to grow in an innovative, safe, environmentally responsible and profitable manner for the long-term benefit of our shareholders.
    • Our strategy is to deliver top-tier returns by maximizing recovery and minimizing costs through continuous improvement.

    Apache is proud to have been named a Top Workplace in Houston and San Antonio and is one of the world’s most admired companies by Fortune. Our global team is brought together by a shared sense of ownership, team of teams approach and the knowledge that best answers win.

     

    Apache provides a challenging and rewarding work environment, supported by a premier total compensation package that includes competitive base salaries and benefits along with performance-driven incentives.

     

    For additional information about Apache, please visit:

     

    Operating Locations

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    Apache Reports and Filings

    www.apachecorp.com

     

    Key Duties/Responsibilities

    POSITION/JOB SUMMARY:

     

    The Category Lead will be accountable for the effective management of third-party spend across multiple related categories throughout the full category management lifecycle. This role will develop category strategies to maximize the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) the company receives from third-parties, execute or coordinate the implementation of category strategies and manage supplier performance for continuous improvement, while ensuring stakeholder buy in. This role interacts with Apache’s operating regions to maximize opportunities and ensure buy-in up front. Must have analytical and problem solving skills as well as the ability to work in a team environment and adhere to drive project schedules.

     

    KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

     

    1. Develop and implement strategies for key spend categories. Perform assessment for the goods and services being evaluated, develop detailed supply market analysis, and construct cost models to facilitate long-term management of Apache spend. 
    2. Identify strategies to support the business needs in an ever-changing market, and obtain internal stakeholder buy-in across all the levels of the organization.
    3. Identify and implement TCO reduction opportunities for the goods and services being evaluated. Optimize the total cost of the product or service (e.g. lowering inventory levels, increasing yields, improving supplier operations, demand management etc.) by leveraging across markets and service lines, forming key supplier alliances, consolidating the supplier base, and exploring the efficiencies involved in the supply chain.
    4. Lead cross-functional teams on project-based initiatives to develop and implement key elements of category strategies. Coordinate the negotiation, evaluation and execution for the acquisition of strategic materials and services. Determine and negotiate for delivery requirements, performance, and reliability expectations while optimizing the cost of materials and services within the business unit. Monitor bid processes, oversee the preparation of bid packages, prepare bid analysis, and participate in final contract award decisions.
    5. Identify and monitor leading supply market indicators to proactively adjust category strategies.
    6. Working with key Stakeholders, evaluate and test category levers, including internal demand reduction, standard designs/requirements, and supplier performance incentives to drive continuous improvement. Facilitate discussions among different functional and regional teams to uncover category insights beyond price.
    7. Coordinate the preparation and execution of commercial agreements in a manner that ensures proper definition of the business relationship allocating / mitigating risk between Company and the supplier. Ensure compliance with related Company policies and procedures.
    8. Establish, maintain and communicate an understanding of the client business unit, the relative importance of the materials and services required, and process improvement methods utilized to support Supply Chain initiatives. Maintain valuable local and regional supply relationships.
    9. Interact with business units to ensure understanding and ownership is achieved on all commercial and project-based initiatives.
    10. Understand and drive adoption of Purchase-to-Pay processes and systems.
    11. Develop detailed contract management plans with input from Stakeholders to ensure adherence to commercial / technical requirements.
    12. Drive Supplier performance management through measurement of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), communication of operational performance and identification of areas for improvement.

    Job Qualifications

    EDUCATION:

     

    • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or relevant Business / Technical discipline.
    • Master's degree in Business, Supply Chain, or relevant Technical discipline is preferred.

     

    EXPERIENCE:        

     

    • 7-10 years of strategic sourcing, category management or general Supply Chain experience within diverse industries / markets.
    • In-depth knowledge of category management processes, procedures & practices.
    • Executed multiple, large contract / commercial negotiations.
    • Upstream Oil & Gas experience with specific planning and supply chain activities related to drilling, completion or production is preferred.

      

     PRIMARY PERFORMANCE & LEADERSHIP ATTRIBUTES/COMPETENCIES:

     

    •  A self-starter; able to excel with limited supervision
    • Results oriented
    • A blend of strong analytical and interpersonal communication skills
    • Comfortable presenting to Executive Leadership
    • Ability to understand technical & operational requirements
    • Ability to handle multiple activities and changing priorities
    • Ability to interpret supplier financial statements
    • Ability to positively influence stakeholders
    • Ability to plan and execute complex negotiations
    • Proven track record applying complex category management techniques, including supply market analysis, TCO principles, and strategy development
    • Able to consistently deliver savings in both inflationary and deflationary markets
    • A blend of operations, business and supply chain management experiences preferably in a Upstream (Oil & Gas) industry
    • Travel Required – up to 40%

    Behavioral Competencies and Personal Characteristics

    The successful candidate will exhibit the following behavioral competencies and personal characteristics:

    • A “Team of Teams” mindset with the objective of aligning your vision, mission, and strategy with the company’s overarching vision, mission, and strategy;
    • A natural desire to work with a sense of urgency and a contrarian spirit;
    • A solid grasp of economic, industry and competitive landscapes;
    • The capability to change and generate process improvements for greater effectiveness and efficiency;
    • Strength of character, including the highest levels of honesty, integrity, ethics, professionalism, trust, and loyalty;
    • An approachable, likeable personality;
    • An entrepreneurial mindset with a strong track record of agility and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment;
    • A hands-on employee who can also see the big picture;
    • An employee who leads by example, with the energy and ability to work collaboratively across the entire organization;
    • The agility and flexibility to work in a fast-paced company culture;
    • Confident, while checking ego at the door, and fearless in the face of speaking up to challenge norms or convention;
    • Self-aware with excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and
    • Highly intelligent, intellectually and emotionally, with excellent analytical, strategic, business judgment, and problem-solving skills.

     

    Core Values and Leadership Attributes

    The successful candidate will lead by example through the embodiment of, and by embracing, Apache's Core Values and Leadership Attributes:

    Core Values:

    • Expect top performance & innovation;
    • Seek relentless improvements in all facets;
    • Invest in our greatest asset, our people;
    • Foster a contrarian spirit;
    • Drive to succeed with a sense of urgency;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be compromised;
    • Conduct our business with honesty & integrity;
    • Treat our stakeholders with respect & dignity; and
    • We derive benefit from the earth & take our environmental responsibility seriously.

     Leadership Attributes:

    • Responsible irreverence;
    • Focus on team accomplishments over personal gain;
    • Decisive, invested, committed;
    • Safety is not negotiable & will not be comprised;
    • Fire in the belly;
    • Lead by example, be an ambassador for Apache’s values;
    • Sees the big picture, translates into action;
    • Sound judgement and emotional maturity;
    • Best answers win;
    • Working managers; and
    • Effective communicators.

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