Buyer/Sr Buyer/Purchasing Agent
Occidental Petroleum - Convent, LA

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Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda – key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride. For every product it makes, OxyChem’s market position is No. 1 or No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 1, 2 or 3 in the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Chile and Brazil.

OxyChem, OxyVinyls, LP and INDSPEC Chemical Corporation are wholly owned subsidiaries of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Armand Products Company, a joint venture between OxyChem and Church & Dwight Co., Inc., sells potassium carbonate and potassium bicarbonate. Carbocloro S.A. Indústrias Químicas, a joint venture between OxyChem and UNIPAR, manufactures and sells chlor-alkali and other products in Brazil.

We are looking for a Buyer/Purchasing Agent to join our Supply Chain team in Convent, LA.

Essential Job Duties

  • Provide full purchasing support within Louisiana/Alabama Regional Purchasing with responsibilities for the Taft, LA; Geismar, LA; Convent, LA; Luling, LA; Mobile, AL; and Muscle Shoals, AL facilities. Specific duties include issuing purchase orders, expediting orders, negotiations, terms and conditions, bid preparations/evaluations, selection and qualification of suppliers, and providing after-hours and turnaround coverage.
Purchase MRO goods and services at the most favorable costs and terms consistent with all relevant factors such as quality and quantity in accordance with all corporate policies and procedures. Negotiate contracts and issue purchase orders maintaining competitive pricing and also supporting the use of national strategic contracts. Work with the plants to ensure that strategic sourcing suppliers are fulfilling their obligations in supply of materials and services.

Pre-qualify new and re-qualify existing contractors, while assuring full compliance with the OxyChem Contractor Management Program.

Keep abreast of the current market for new products and services. Investigate potential new suppliers to determine their ability to furnish products or services.

Develop and implement costs reduction programs consistent with overall corporate and regional business strategies.

Responsible for reconciling past due orders, securing proof of delivery or reconciling goods receipts with each plant site.

Resolve invoicing errors with suppliers in a timely manner.

Monitor the performance of suppliers and address issues as expressed by plants serviced in the region.

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Required Qualifications

Bachelor degree (Supply Chain, Engineering or Business Administration) plus Three years purchasing experience

Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written).

Excellent time management and organization skills.

Demonstrated ability to be a self-motivated, enthusiastic team player

SAP experience strongly preferred

Additional Desired Qualifications

Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite software

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY) is an international oil and gas exploration and production company — one of the largest...