BP Americas, Inc. Category Specialist, Maintenance Services in Whiting, Indiana


Job title:

Category Specialist, Maintenance Services



Role synopsis:

The Category Specialist (CS) plays a supporting role in realising Downstream Procurement’s (DP) objective to become a world-class procurement organisation with leading capability in category management that delivers relevant, value-adding category strategies to BP’s Downstream businesses. The CS provides dedicated category strategy development and implementation support to the Category Manager (CM). Working with colleagues in the business interface teams, they are responsible for engaging business stakeholders to understand business priorities and requirements, and ensure category strategies and implementation aligns with those needs.

The primary focus of the CS role is to support the Category Manager to define category strategies by performing analysis and co-ordinating key inputs (e.g. supply market analysis, cost modelling and benchmarking). The CS also supports the Category Manager to implement the category strategy at a site or market level by managing the localization of the category strategy, sourcing activities and contract management to agreed timelines, and supplier management activities. They are also responsible for supporting the category manager in delivering value to the business by ensuring compliance with agreed category strategies and sourcing expectations. Ultimately they are responsible for the execution of all of these activities to deliver the objective of providing the business with a supply base that supports safe, reliable and compliant operations, and that also delivers the innovation and business benefits agreed in the category strategy.

The CS is a member of the broader Americas Maintenance Services category team, which provides support to multiple business units in the Americas; Cherry Point Refinery, Whiting Refinery, Toledo Refinery, Cooper River Petrochemical Plant, Texas City Petrochemical Plant, and U.S. Pipelines & Logistics. This team is responsible for the management of approximately $900m of third party spend per year, across a vast array of Maintenance, Turnaround, and Capital Project Construction services categories, including but not limited to; mechanical, piping, electrical & instrumentation, civil, scaffolding, industrial cleaning, insulation, coatings, refractory, rental equipment, tanks, inspection, facilities, catalyst handling, valve repair, equipment repair, and safety services.

Req ID:



United States - Indiana - Whiting, United States - Ohio - Toledo, United States - South Carolina - Wando, United States - Texas - Texas City, United States - Washington - Blaine

Is this a part time position?:


Relocation available:


Travel required:

Yes - up to 10%

Key accountabilities:

Stakeholder Management Support

  • Supports the objective of no compromise on safe and compliant operations

  • Manage the interface between category strategy development and implementation by the delivery organization, working in partnership with Category Excellence, GBS, Business Interface and Business teams

  • Lead the development of communication content to ensure that category specific messages (such as status, plans, compliance, and market insights) are effectively disseminated across the DP organization

  • Provide category guidance, advice, and coaching to business stakeholders and more junior members of the DP team

Category Strategy & Implementation Support

  • Responsible for achieving Value Delivery in the assigned category, including Value Delivery tracking from the category strategy implementation

  • Lead the development of category strategies for low complexity categories (dependent on category scope and seniority of Category Specialist)

  • Support CM to ensure a deep expertise within the category area, by accessing MI and external knowledge to ensure the category strategy is informed by an intimate knowledge of the supply market, key dynamics, the latest thinking within the field, cost modeling, and benchmarking

  • Working with the global category network, supports the development of new and innovative global sources of supply, and working with the business interface organization, helps to build understanding and support for new sources of supply in the business

  • Working with the business interface organization, routinely communicates with integrity across key business stakeholders to align the strategic intent of the category strategy and the regional/local business needs

  • Support CM by managing category strategy implementation activities including localization of category strategies and contract management

  • Support CM to ensure timeliness and quality of all contracts required for safe, compliant and reliable business operations i.e. implementation in the appropriate systems, category compliance, contract management and requisitioners training

  • Ensure compliance to BP policies such as risk management, delegation of authority and DP functional guidelines

  • Responsible for the development and delivery of annual plans for category and scope

Sourcing and Supplier Management

  • Lead local and regional contract negotiation & execution, as well as supplier management activities

  • Execute sourcing (high-medium complexity categories) and oversee sourcing execution by GBS (low-medium complexity categories)

  • Support business in contract holder roles, gather performance feedback (and variation requests) for input to supplier performance review

Essential Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a technical or related business discipline or relevant years of experience required

Desirable criteria and qualifications:

  • MCIPS/ISM qualification, or at stage of pre-qualification

  • Experience in Ariba e-sourcing or other e-procurement tools

  • Good working knowledge of P2P processes

  • Demonstrable experience in the relevant category i

About BP:

We are a global energy business involved in every aspect of the energy system. We have 75,000 employees in 80 countries, working towards delivering light, heat and mobility to millions of people, every day. We are one of the very few companies equipped to solve some of the big complex challenges that matter for the future. We have a real contribution to make to the world's ambition of a low carbon future. Join us, and be part of what we can accomplish together.

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses (Fuels, Lubricants, and Petrochemicals).

We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth.

The 4,400 employees of BP’s Fuels, North America business refine, store, move, deliver and market a wide range of distinctive and high-quality energy products that drive economic growth. Our U.S. refineries in Indiana, Ohio and Washington have a net daily processing capacity of 746,000 barrels. We manage more than 3,200 miles of pipeline and, through our interest in BP Midstream Partners LP, have an ownership stake in nearly 1,500 additional miles.

We also have a growing network of retail stations that provide fuels and convenience products to consumers at around 7,100 BP- and ARCO-branded sites, and close to 1,000 ampm convenience stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.

Application close date:



PSCM Delivery/Sourcing

Job category:

Procurement & Supply Chain Management

Countries (State/Region):

United States - Indiana, United States - Ohio, United States - South Carolina, United States - Texas, United States - Washington


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Essential experience and job requirements:

  • 5 – 6 years relevant experience required

  • Experience in sourcing, contracting and contract management; in tactical procurement and supplier management

Other Requirements (eg Travel, Location):

Experience in commercial negotiation skills; influencing and stakeholder management skills, organizational and project management skills, and in financial and market analysis skills

Eligibility Requirements:

If you are applying for a position in the United States, you must be at least 18 years of age, legally authorized to work in the United States; and not require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., TN, H1B status), now or in the future.