• Hub Lead Buyer II

    Job Location US-TX-HOUSTON
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    The Linde Group is known as one of the world leaders in gases, engineering and healthcare.  We operate in more than 100 countries across the globe and generated revenue of 17.9 billion euro in 2015.  But what makes us great is our people because they make great things happen.  Linde employees take pride in what they do because they know it makes a real difference to our customers.  They are empowered to turn a challenge into an opportunity to learn and grow.  This is how they take the lead, every day.


    Linde is currently seeking a Hub Lead Buyer II to join the team in the Houston, TX area.



    Purpose of the Position:


    - Deliver and Execute Procurement plans & strategy for designated MGF in alignment with Hub Strategy & RBU Strategy
    - Manage, monitor & control the execution of the P2P and tactical procurement processes, in compliance with global and regional standards, in procuring materials and services required by the Internal Business Partners. 
    - Oversee the effective delivery of end-to-end process to the Hub within the Region’s and Hub’s team of buyers. Ensure the proper execution of the P2P process: from requisition creation, to PO placement and confirmation (PO expediting,) to PO changes, to PO Close. Deliver GAP savings for designated MGF 
    - Roll out the Category Management strategy defined by Regional Category Team
    - Coach team buyers in successfully delivering Procurement execution services for the region
    - Ensure compliance with Procedures, ensure all activities take place in accordance with corporate policies and processes, defined governance and delegations of authority, as well as external laws and regulations.
    - Develop and lead a Lean Business approach to Procurement Processes
    - Contribute to Financial Targets as GAP Savings, CF Savings and other metrics defined by the RBU.
    - Promote and Support the E-Auction strategy and achievement of the goals
    - Promotes values of company


    Strategic Sourcing Lead key responsibilities: 

    o identify KPIs in sourcing and procurement, collaborating with local and global teams
    o develop sourcing and procurement strategies and standards at the global level; analyze data to create metrics; estimate costs
    o maintain and train on TCO calculation methodologies to support fact based and cost effective sourcing; define incurred costs versus raw materials, component and auxiliary costs
    o attain and analyse global sourcing market information, review competitive buyer behavior, geographical and demographic trends, stable and emerging market
    o design local and global systems to collect and distribute procurement and sourcing information
    o establish templates for and negotiate supplier contracts/ agreements, locally and globally
    o develop and monitor category strategy; lead global initiatives for designated category
    o interview, hire, train, direct, reward/ discipline employees; resolve personnel issues
    o qualify and validate suppliers; audit product quality and supplier performance
    o research world-wide technology clusters; support procurement engineering
    o implement yearly cost reduction goals and quality improvement goals

    Negotiation and Management of Spend 

    o Review and analyse purchase requisitions, investigates and develops sources of supplies, prepares bid specifications, issues bid requests and reviews quotations
    o Analyse internal demand requirements and external market condition to identify areas of opportunity and improvement. 
    — Lead sourcing efforts with Internal Business Partners and External Vendors
    — Coordinate with global buyers where appropriate and ensure Hub compliance with global contracts
    — Perform bid comparison and vendor evaluation, lead award decisions, negotiate contract terms, coordinate with Legal, and ensure on-going contract compliance.

    Develop and lead a Lean Business approach to Procurement Processes
    o Establish and continually improve a consistent Lean approach to eliminate waste and complexity in the process
    o Bring current Lean Enterprise methods, tools, best practices, and innovative thinking into the procurement community
    o Communicate Lean concepts to Procurement organization
    o Network with other Lean practitioners within Procurement and outside Procurement to share best practices and learnings
    — Being able to drive total of ownership improvements including supplier performance and develop the supply base
    — Use tools and techniques to profile; benchmark; research and assess the market; risks; competition; trends and new opportunities etc to ensure continuity of supply; to make sure that best value is achieved and to keep the organisation ahead of the competition

    Reporting and Compliance
    o Ensure purchase order is consistent with buyer/seller contractual obligations
    o Experience with analysing data to assist in compliance reporting.
    o Track progress with regard to compliance with preferred, use of appropriate process and controls, and savings.
    o Report savings and compliance metrics monthly.

    Process Improvement
    o Troubleshoot questions from vendors and field personnel to identify preferred purchase to pay method and to assist in questions related to Maximo, SAP and/or SRM. 
    o Identify root causes and propose solutions when invoice and Purchase Order do not match.
    o Good understanding of PO and Non/PO invoice process..
    o Assist vendors and field personnel in research and reconciliation of past due invoices.
    o Seek out opportunities for continuous improvement, increasing knowledge of the business, systems, procurement and finance department responsibilities.
    — Provide training to all Internal Business Partners in the requisition to pay process. 
    — Advanced knowledge of requisitioning, purchasing and receiving modules in SAP and SRM .
    — Promote and Support the E-Auction strategy and achievement of the goals
    o Provide a E-Auction pipeline
    o Define, select, deliver E-Auction process
    o Actively collaborate with the E-Auction experts 

    — Support internal audits and external audits.
    — Achieve the benefits (savings and value add targets) and objectives set 
    o Ensure that all savings whether made by Procurement or the business which is supplier facing are recorded
    o Network within the business to identify opportunities for procurement to deliver value and savings
    — Monitor agreed processes with the key Internal Business Partners to ensure procurements early involvement in projects which will incur external spend
    — Ensure that where appropriate contracts exist which provide suitable levels of risk mitigation and prevention.
    — Change Leadership
    o Develop and implement change initiatives with clearly defined milestones and timelines
    o Identify and enlist allies to support the change process
    o Manage resistance to change and ensure that change projects are successfully completed
    — Promote corporate values of the company
    o Ensure code of conduct is observed in all dealings with our suppliers and business partners, fostering relationships and the basis of mutual respect.
    o Ensure staff and suppliers act in accordance with all appropriate safety legislation and guidelines.
    o Work with suppliers and internally to ensure that they comply with the Ethical Purchasing Policy




    — Bachelor Degree Business, Supply Chain, Engineering

    — Minimum 5 Years Procurement in Commercial Environment





    — Customer focus; excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    — Able to work across all functions and levels of an organization.
    — Ability to learn quickly and adapt to change effectively; a change leader and team player
    — Finance and Accounts Payable, Commercial Awareness
    — Strong understanding and adherence to policies and procedures
    — Strategic thinker with strong business acumen. Able to think beyond function and drive strategic solutions.
    — Committed to ongoing improvement
    — Very strong technically: sourcing process, IT systems, negotiating, and supply chain management.
    — Advanced level in Excel and Powerpoint
    — Quality and safety focus oriented
    — Supervisory skills & team management
    — Project management
    — Contract negotiation and ideally drafting
    — Proven ability for continuous improvement/savings/value add and to be a strong advocate of best practice
    — Language skills - Fluent in English , Spanish a plus


    Linde is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Company provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran or disabled status or any legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable federal, state, or local laws.


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