Unconventional Category Manager

Saudi Arabia
05 Oct 2016
27 Feb 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time
Position Description
Saudi Aramco, long known for its leadership in oil exploration, production, and refining, is seeking experienced professionals to join our growing Unconventional Resources (UR) program. We have an immediate requirement for an experienced Category Manager to join the UR Supply Chain function.

You will have responsibility for implementing category management methodologies required to support the UR operation. Through this role, you will play a central part in the development of category/sub-category demand forecasts, supply market analyses, and category management strategies. You will be responsible for implementing these strategies to maximize the total life cycle value obtained from the categories. In addition, you will lead supplier relationship management activities.

Minimum Requirements
As the successful candidate you will hold a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or a closely related field. An advanced degree (e.g., MBA) is preferred.

You will have a minimum of 10 years of progressive field-based experience in the oil and gas industry, working in strategic sourcing, category management, or a related supply chain field. You will have experience working within unconventional resources and possess sound knowledge and understanding of hydraulic fracturing.

You will also have knowledge of SAP systems.

Duties and Responsibilities
You will be assigned responsibility for one or more families of categories based on your expertise. Potential category families include drilling rigs, operations and maintenance, logistics, subsurface, pipes, chemicals, electrical equipment, instrumentation, EPC and engineering.

As the successful candidate you will be required to perform the following duties:

Demand forecasting - Participate in the development of demand forecasts for relevant categories, and identify implications of demand forecasts for respective categories (a separate, dedicated demand forecasting role will lead this activity).

Category strategy development - In coordination with the conventional Materials Supply category management organization, develop category management strategies for respective categories and sub-categories, considering both the internal UR requirements and supply market conditions, to maximize the total life cycle value delivered to UR business users.

You will develop category workbooks and procurement strategies to be implemented over the next ten years and present these strategies to key stakeholders and management.

Strategic Sourcing implementation - Prioritize strategic sourcing activities for respective categories/sub-categories, and lead the execution of these activities (implementing the category strategies), including supply market engagement, preparation of RFP/RFX, evaluation of responses, negotiations, and development of strategic agreements.

Supplier Relationship Management - Develop segmented supplier relationship engagement models for suppliers in respective categories, monitor supplier / category performance, and engage with suppliers to improve performance.

Cross-functional coordination within UR - Coordinate with UR business users, technical proponents, and other UR Supply Chain functions (such as tactical procurement and materials management) to ensure that the maximum value is obtained from respective categories.

Coordination with conventional Materials Supply - Coordinate with category managers in the conventional Saudi Aramco Materials Supply organization, to ensure alignment of category strategies at the corporate level and a unified approach to market for strategic categories.