• Supply Chain Sourcing Lead

    Job Locations US-TX-Houston
    Posted Date 9 months ago(7/19/2018 3:06 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
  • 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

    Commitment to Sustainability

    Apache Reports and Filings



    Key Duties/Responsibilities


    The Strategic Sourcing Lead will be responsible for leading and managing the development of Strategic Sourcing processes and analyses to procure goods and services that deliver "best value" (meet required quality and service levels, at the lowest total cost in the market) results. This role develops Sourcing strategies with a focus on higher level, strategic thought processes and activities involving long range planning, forecasting, and support of complex contract negotiations for critical, high spend categories. Interacts with Apache’s regions to maximize opportunities and ensure agreement and buy-in of operations. Must have analytical and problem solving skills as well as the ability to work in a team-based environment and drive project schedules.



    1. Follow the Apache strategic sourcing process and produce high-quality deliverables in support of the Strategic Sourcing Supervisor, Key Stakeholders and Category Leads.

    2. Develop detailed assessment of Apache’s internal needs for critical goods and services including future growth plans.

    3. Create robust supply market analyses and detailed should cost models to uncover cost reduction opportunities and support execution of strategic sourcing events.

    4. Keep abreast of leading sourcing practices and tools within the broader field of Supply Chain Management and apply as part of Apache sourcing events.

    5. In consultation with Strategic Sourcing Supervisor and key Stakeholders, identify sources of supply market intelligence and advocate for on-going access to market reports.

    6. Develop and maintain a prioritized list of strategic sourcing projects based on input from Key Stakeholders, Category Leads and Strategic Sourcing Supervisor. Balance supply market complexity and interest from Key Stakeholders to optimize the value for Apache.

    7. Manage the competitive bidding process as part of strategic sourcing events, including supplier communications.

    8. Oversee and construct comprehensive bid evaluation models incorporating pre-determined criteria and weightings, discounted cash flow analysis and input from Key Stakeholders.

    9. Develop compelling presentations (project updates, strategy recommendations, sourcing recommendations, etc.) for review with Supply Chain Management and Key Stakeholder groups.

    10.Develop negotiation strategies by identifying and quantifying gives, takes and best alternatives. 

    11.Lead negotiations with Suppliers to optimize the Total Cost of the product or service by leveraging product or service lines, forming key stakeholder relationships, and exploring untapped efficiencies.

    12.Interacts with client business units to ensure understanding and ownership is achieved on all commercial and project-based sourcing initiatives.

    13.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.

    14.Interact with business units to ensure understanding and ownership is achieved on all initiatives. Maintain valuable internal and external stakeholder relationships.



    Job Qualifications


    • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management or relevant Business / Technical discipline.

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



    • 7-10 years of strategic sourcing or general Supply Chain experience.

    • In-depth knowledge of strategic sourcing processes and tools.

    • Advanced evaluation modeling experience including cost/benefit and present value analysis.

    • Upstream Oil & Gas experience with specific planning and supply chain activities related to drilling, completion or production is preferred.



    • A self-starter; able to excel with limited supervision

    • Results oriented

    • Strong analytical skills

    • Effective interpersonal communication skills

    • Ability to handle multiple activities and changing priorities

    • Ability to interpret supplier financial statements

    • Ability to positively influence stakeholders 

    Comfortable presenting to Executive Leadership

    • Ability to understand technical & operational requirements

    • Ability to plan and execute complex negotiations

    • Proven trach record applying complex strategic sourcing techniques, including bid analysis and negotiation strategy development

    • Travel Required – up to 30%



    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.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed

    Connect With Us!

    Not ready to apply? Connect with us for general consideration.