Category Manager

Category Manager 

Job summary

This role reports to the BPX Energy Head of Procurement and will lead Category Management for BPX Energy. Specific categories under management may include Roustabout / Contract Labor, Artificial Lift Solutions (Plungers, ESPs, Rod Pumps), Automation and Measurement, and Others as assigned. Responsible for category management and execution of strategies for assigned strategies. Ensures deployment and execution of common systems and processes for supply chain activities in designated categories in development. Establishes and manages local supplier relationships and contract compliance. This role is responsible for managing the relationship with the Business Unit Operations VP’s and their Leadership in the region and delivers value through exhibiting BPX values and establishing effective interfaces with customers, the Head of Procurement, PSCM Category and Operations teams.

Key Accountabilities

  • As a member of the BPX PSCM Leadership Team, support the Head of Procurement in delivering PSCM services and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, at times including partners and government bodies.
  • Ensure that BPX and PSCM standards, processes and operating systems, and any additional local requirements, are implemented in all PSCM activities.
  • Deep understanding and experience of executing category management plans, including contracting and the implementation of complex and long-term agreements, and managing PSCM activities in a safe and effective manner.
  • Develops and implements category management and contracting plans. Leads strategic sourcing of delegated categories.
  • Identifies PSCM risks and ensures mitigation strategies and plans are developed and implemented.
  • Undertakes due diligence in mitigating all external supply risk in contract execution. Implements robust cost management and rigorous contract management controls.
  • Leads communication related to PSCM with the key stakeholders, including Business Unit functional VPs.
  • Build and manage relationships with local suppliers, driving continuous improvement, improving safety performance and reducing operational risk.
  • Manage regular performance reviews with stakeholders and suppliers to measure supplier performance, and develop plans to address performance issues. Resolve disputes between stakeholders and suppliers relating to service delivery.
  • Implements PSCM common processes, drives efficiency, continuous improvement and compliant procurement transactions across the value chain.
  • Leads/facilitates regional supplier and contract management activities, e.g. Performance reviews, contracts on-boarding sessions, contract oversights audits, etc.
  • Coordinates regional PSCM representation in supplier investigations. Ensures effective follow-up on audit findings to ensure timely closure.
  • Works closely with Head of Procurement, PSCM Category and Operations Teams to ensure there are no issues with business continuity.
  • Accountable for working with the Business Units and suppliers to deliver value contributions that have direct impact on lease operating expenses.

  • University degree in Procurement/Supply Chain, Business, Engineering/technical discipline or equivalent. MBA Preferred, not required
Essential Experience & Job Requirements

  • Multiple years of relevant PSCM experience supporting wells, production and/or operations preferred.
  • Strong analytical and oral/written communication skills, in particular the ability to be influential and drive the PSCM agenda at senior technical and regional management levels, and to negotiate at senior supplier levels.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Skilled at leading through complexity, executing projects in multi-stakeholder, multi-discipline, multi-cultural environments, with regional and country-specific issues and challenges.
  • Skilled at category strategy development & application, demand management, sourcing, supply chain risk management, contract execution and management.
  • Working knowledge of systems such as Open Invoice, Ariba and SAP and software tools such as Excel, Access, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and collaborate with individuals across multiple disciplines, cultures and geographies, across organizational boundaries and levels within BPX and with suppliers.
  • Experience in programming and understanding micro and macro economics impact on oil field categories is preferred.