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Category Lead at Apache Corporation

Category Lead

Apache Corporation Houston, TX Full-Time
Company Overview

Our primary product is energy, and where there is affordable, abundant energy, people are healthier, have access to better education, and are given greater opportunities to elevate their families to higher standards of living.

Nearly 3 billion people - roughly one-third of the global population - live without electricity or without clean cooking facilities. We are committed to providing energy in innovative and more sustainable ways to help raise the standard of living for those living in energy poverty and to meet the ongoing demands of people and economies around the world.

The products we deliver power increasingly cleaner electricity across the globe, fuel tractors and trucks, make fertilizer to keep the world's food supply on the table, and heat our schools, hospitals and businesses.

Our employees bring a wide range of talents and skills to the job every day to tackle complex business challenges. We believe in providing a truly rewarding work environment supported by a benefits platform that ranks among the best in our peer group. Our company offers career development opportunities where employees can grow personally and professionally. We promote employee benefits that cultivate a family-friendly work environment and focus on our employees' overall well-being.

We are committed to being a workplace where all employees are valued and can thrive with a sense of belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion benefits our individual employees, our company and our external stakeholders; we are better as an organization when various ideas and perspectives are brought to the table.

Apache Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of APA Corporation (NASDAQ:APA). Apache has operations in the United States, Egypt's Western Desert and the United Kingdom's North Sea and a sister company with exploration opportunities offshore Suriname. Whether supporting Apache, APA Corporation or one of its subsidiaries, team members are employed by Apache Corporation.

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Specific Responsibilities

The Supply Chain Category Lead position at Apache Corporation will be part of Apache's Global Supply Chain team at the company's Houston office reporting to the Category Manager. The Category Lead will develop strategies to minimize the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) the company receives from third parties, coordinate their implementation, and manage supplier performance for continuous improvement. This person must have analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to work in a team environment and drive projects in adherence to their schedules.

This role will be primarily responsible for the following:

* Develop and implement category strategies for Completions. Perform assessments for the goods and services being evaluated, develop detailed supply market analyses, perform value chain analyses, and construct cost models to facilitate long-term management of Apache spend
* Identify strategies to support the business needs in an ever-changing market and obtain internal stakeholder buy-in across all levels of the organization
* Identify and implement TCO reduction opportunities for the goods and services being evaluated. Optimize the total cost of the product or service by leveraging across both US and international markets, forming key supplier alliances, consolidating the supplier base, and exploring efficiencies involved in the supply chain
* Lead cross-functional teams on project-based initiatives to develop and implement key elements of category strategies
* Manage the competitive bidding process for multiple lines of services globally as part of strategic sourcing events, including supplier communications
* Oversee and construct comprehensive bid evaluation models incorporating pre-determined criteria and weightings, discounted cash flow analysis and input from Key Stakeholders
* Develop negotiation strategies by identifying and quantifying gives, takes and best alternatives
* Coordinate the preparation and execution of commercial agreements in a manner that ensures proper definition of the business relationship allocating / mitigating risk between Apache and the supplier. Ensure compliance with related policies and procedures
* Identify and monitor leading supply market indicators to proactively adjust category strategies
* Work with key stakeholders and suppliers to create accurate material forecasts, placing orders to ensure adequate inventory and safety stock levels avoiding any operational down time
* Evaluate and test category levers, including pooled demand, 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
* 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
* Interact with business units to ensure understanding and ownership is achieved on all commercial and project-based initiatives
* Understand and drive adoption of Purchase-to-Pay processes and systems
* Develop detailed contract management plans with input from Stakeholders to ensure adherence to commercial / technical requirements
* Drive Supplier performance management through measurement of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), communication of operational performance and identification of areas for improvement

Qualifications & Experience

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

* 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
* 5-7 years of strategic sourcing, category management or general Supply Chain experience within diverse industries / markets
* In-depth knowledge of category management, strategic sourcing processes, procedures & practices
* Executed multiple, large contract / commercial negotiations
* Upstream Oil & Gas experience with specific planning and supply chain activities related to Completions and Hydraulic Horsepower in support of onshore and offshore operations is preferred
* Proven track record applying complex category management techniques, including supply market analysis, TCO principles, and strategy development
* Working knowledge of evaluation modeling experience, including cost/benefit and present value analysis
* In-depth Excel knowledge and experience
* Experience with SAP Ariba related to sourcing and contracts is preferred


The successful candidate should demonstrate and exhibit the following performance and leadership competencies:

Primary Performance & Leadership 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
* Able to consistently deliver savings in both inflationary and deflationary markets
* Travel Required - up to 25% during regular times

Core Values & 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
* 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
* Effective communicators.

Apache Statement on Hiring

To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to base all employment-related decisions and actions exclusively on employment-related criteria. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to provide broad dissemination of job opportunities, as consistent with the nature of the positions. To provide genuine equal opportunity to all people, it is the policy of Apache Corporation and its subsidiaries to review its employment-related policies and actions on a regular basis to ensure that their application is consistent with their intent.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Nearest Major Market: Houston

Job Segment: Sustainability, Offshore Oil, Business Process, ERP, SAP, Energy, Management, Technology

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