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ALBEMARLE Sr. Project Procurement Manager in Pasadena, Texas


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Job Description


When you join the Ketjen team, you contribute to a better tomorrow. You will play a role in powering many of the world’s largest and most critical industries, from energy and communications to transportation and electronics. We are putting innovation to work to improve people’s lives and we want YOU to be a part of it.

Ketjen Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Albemarle Corporation, is currently seeking a Project Procurement Manager our Clear Lake, TX office.

Transformation of our procurement organization is a top strategic priority for the catalysts business of Albemarle, and we believe this presents unique and exciting career opportunities. The world is rapidly changing, and we need to align our strategy to support the growth and success of our businesses. If you are a forward thinker, with the creativity and maturity to effectively challenge the status quo of our existing business and practices, this opportunity might be for you.

We are building a world class global procurement function focused around; (1) Category Management focused on driving long term sustainable value for the business (2) Procurement Operations providing exceptional support and advisement to our business unit stakeholders and (3) Data Analytics, process excellence, and technology adoption to drive and enable procurement best practices and excellent end-user experience.


The Project Procurement Manager will work closely with the Indirect Procurement Lead, the projects teams, the regional procurement specialists to develop and expand complex project procurement strategies and procurement plans for capex procurement. The role will be focused on cultivating relationships, understanding business goals, and helping to execute project strategies to streamline the purchasing process and maximize value delivery to the business.

This role is accountable for supplier performance to ensure cost competitiveness, high service level commitment, value creation, partnership, responsible sourcing, sustainability, and innovation.

Additional responsibilities and impact:

  • Align high-level procurement management strategies, plans to agreed-upon project success factors.

  • Perform procurement related activities for capital project execution including sourcing purchasing, contracting management for capital investment projects.

  • Develop project specific detailed go-to-market project procurement strategy and procurement plan, organize alignment with project team for any updates on the strategy and plan, ensure strictly follow the aligned strategy and working plan.

  • Ensuring that required deviations of the prescribed rules are approved internally and audit-proof documented.

  • Control procurement cost, schedule, and quality of equipment for projects execution, collaborate with category management team to ensure the procurement work are fully aligned with global category management strategy.

  • Align key procurement activities decisions with project stakeholders and regional procurement management.

  • Align sourcing strategy with the internal customers and stakeholders. Collect inputs from stakeholders to develop project bidder list until proper approval.

  • Track procurement progress, completeness, and traceability of related documents.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure Sanction Screen Check for suppliers is well performed.

  • Leverage existing category agreements, supplier discovery, management, and engagement.

  • Manage and perform bidder qualification process, get proper approval following ALB’s bidder qualification procedure.

  • Organize single source justification if a single source request is raised from stakeholders, review, challenge and get aligned considering the specific project nature.

  • Ensure confidentiality agreement in place before bidding activities.

  • Develop project procurement package activities plan, budget/funding management, maintain the dynamic plan and work and drive the stakeholders to work for procurement deliver on the plan.

  • Compile technical request of RFQ and commercial request into inquiry package, manage issue to the market to the bidders from the approved bidder list on project schedule plan.

  • Facilitate technical, commercial reviews, negotiations, contracting, approval workflows.

  • Facilitate execution of capital procure-to-pay processes.

  • Assist in change order management.

  • Perform project procurement close out, capture lessons learned, provide feedback of performance of suppliers after Project completion, proper handover of the Life Cycle Asset Maintenance Data, from project team over to Operations/Maintenance team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or Engineering Discipline

  • 5+ years large capital procurement planning and execution in heavy industrial applications (chemical/specialty chemicals, mining, oil & gas, etc.) including equipment, materials and service categories (contractors and consultants including EPC/EPCM scenarios) categories in the region.

  • Familiar with MS Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

  • Ariba and SAP experience is a plus.

Language Skills

  • English – Proficient to conduct external and internal business.

  • Other languages such as Dutch/German are a plus.

We are partners to one another in pioneering new ways to be better for ourselves, our teams, and our communities. When you join Albemarle, you become our most essential element and you can anticipate competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and resources that foster your well-being and fuel your personal growth. Help us shape the future, build with purpose and grow together.