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Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Procurement Specialist in KSA, United States

34169BRReq No.:34169BRJob Description and Qualifications: Purpose

The Purpose of the role is to manage cost and supplier risks for all direct and indirect material and services for UAE. The primary objective of the role is to provide Strategic and Tactical procurement support for the current operations. Some of the major categories that will be managed by the individual are site services, facility management, plant maintenance, spares, large capital equipment and site construction. The incumbent will act as a relationship manager with certain business group and stakeholders to ensure that procurement is fully engaged with the business and service levels are maintained. The role will be a split of strategic and some tactical procurement.


  • Deliver year on year cost reduction and beat inflation costs that contributes to the regional target.

  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies for the respective commodities within the deadlines.

  • Develop category plans and drive execution of the plan for cost reduction, risk reduction and process improvement.

  • Drive supplier relation management initiatives with critical suppliers to extract the best value through partnership and driving supplier innovation.

  • Minimise supply risks by proactively identifying high risk suppliers and deploying a risk mitigation plan.

  • Develop and negotiate terms and conditions for new contracts. Work with legal team to ensure that all commercial and legal risks are mitigated through appropriate commercial and legal clauses.

  • Participate in all service level review agreements for the major existing contracts with suppliers and resolve all commercial issues.

  • Develop and manage relationship with internal stakeholders, understand their requirements, capex plans, productivity programs, business demand and ensure procurement is engaged early in the buying process. Communicate strategies and category plans and provide regular updates.

  • Engage stakeholders at all levels to get the required support on the recommended sourcing strategy.

  • Raise procurement’s profile with the organisation by effectively communicating with stakeholders and sharing successes stories.

  • Identify areas for improvement in procurement to pay process or any other process related to the specific category, propose and implement the required change for improvements.

  • Manage and resolve any conflicts / non-conformance with existing suppliers related to service performance or other issues such as invoice discrepancy.

  • Use the right procurement tools such as SAP for purchase orders and other spend analysis and mandatory tools/system recommended by the central Procurement Process enablement team.

  • Provide guidance on procurement processes and advise the stakeholders to use the right procurement tools.

  • Develop and lead qualification of new suppliers to improve costs of the material and service procured for the business.

  • Manage deadlines and priorities workload to support project shutdowns.

  • Drive innovation and creativity in procurement with initiatives such as sustainable sourcing. Keep on top of external trends and best practices with the relative categories and use the external knowledge to drive changes within Air Products.

    Skills Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in business or supply chain.

  • CIPS qualification is considered a plus.

  • High ethics standards.

  • Self-disciplined, self-motivated, demonstrate ability to work effectively with minimal direction, and good analytical skills.

  • Hands on working mentality.

  • Demonstrate prioritization, planning, and follow-up skills in a multi-tasking environment.

  • Excellent communication skills with ability to manage relationships at all levels in the organisation.

  • Capable of handling detailed and complex contract negotiations.

  • Experience in leading and developing sourcing strategies, understanding commercial and legal purchasing terms and conditions.

  • Good understanding and experience in managing categories such as site construction (civil, scaffolding, installation, craneage and others), capital equipment, maintenance and spares, FM, logistics.

  • Excellent organisation skills, ability to manage multiple priorities and work under pressure.

  • Positive attitude and passion to drive a step change.

  • SAP experience is considered a plus.

Job Title:Procurement SpecialistEmployment Status:Full TimeLocation:MEA-KSA-Khobar-DTV Country:Saudi ArabiaRegion:Middle East, Egypt, Turkey (MEET) Organization:Middle East, Egypt & Turkey Business Sector / Division:MEIET Operations