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Category Lead Buyer - Pipe & Valves - Kiewit Supply Network (Houston)


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 148560 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Department: Procurement 

Market: Corporate Home Office 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

For our category-oriented Procurement Organization in Houston, we are looking for a strong candidate who is interested in helping to build and grow our organization. The position provides leadership and management for procurement of Pipe Materials, Fittings, Flanges (PFF) and Valves (manual valves, actuated valves, relief valves, etc.).  This position manages a team of assigned purchasing agents, purchasing managers and other purchasing employees. The position requires a close interface with engineering. Duties also include, but are not limited to, negotiating with vendors, while consulting with corporate attorneys and senior management when necessary. The Category Lead Buyer and their team manage all requisitions of this category – for estimates and during project execution. There will be a close alignment with the Corporate Category Management.

District Overview

Kiewit Supply Network group specializes in providing comprehensive procurement services to clients across the construction and engineering industries in multiple markets, including transportation; water/wastewater; power; oil, gas and chemical; building; and mining.  Our key objectives are to offer clients a world-class service focused on ensuring equipment, materials and services are consistently estimated and procured at the right price. We strive to offer an appropriate level of quality and ensure materials and services are delivered on schedule and in compliance with the client’s specifications and expectations.  


This position is based out of our Energy Corridor office in Houston, TX.


•    Managing the Category Team for Piping and Valves in Houston.
•    Develop the category sourcing strategy for the projects and in close alignment with the central Category Manager and the Project Procurement Manager.
•    Support the maintenance of the Kiewit Approved Manufacturer List.
•    Develop the project vendor list for this Category.
•    Monitoring the worldwide sourcing market for Piping Material and Valves.
•    Development of benchmarks.
•    Execution of strategic initiatives with the Category Manager
•    Locate and assist in the evaluation and qualification of vendors for Pipe Material and Valves.
•    Coordinate between the Fabricators, Engineering and Construction
•    Responsible for the manhour budgets of his team and estimate of such.
•    Oversee and plan all aspects of purchasing from pre-bid to closeout.
•    Represent company in negotiating contracts and formulating policies with suppliers. 
•    Negotiate commercial terms and conditions with equipment vendors; consult with corporate attorneys and senior management to minimize project and corporate risk while maintaining commercial competitiveness.
•    Monitor and oversee execution of the purchasing buy-out. 
•    Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in buying and/or estimating of Pipe Materials and Valves.
•    Assist in the development and implementation of procurement and contract management instructions, policies and procedures. 
•    Maintain records of goods ordered and received. 
•    Provide feedback to assist in analyzing market and delivery systems to assess present and future material availability. 
•    Resolve vendor or contractor grievances and claims. 
•    Review material contract claims for conformance to company policy. 
•    Oversee administration of online purchasing systems. 
•    Communicate and enforce purchasing policies & procedures to project team.
•    Oversee staff training, develop and mentor the assigned category buyers.
•    Provide training to ensure policies and procedures are followed.
•    Responsible for projections, financial planning, delivery schedules and project purchasing reporting. 
•    Oversee the development and review of all procurement analytics, reporting and deliverables.


•    Proficient in Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel) with general knowledge of database utilization. SAP experience is a plus
•    Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, supply chain management, or equivalent degree 
•    A minimum of five years’ experience in the Oil, Gas and Chemicals EPC business. 
•    Knowledge of the worldwide market for PFF and Valves and the supplier base.
•    Working technical knowledge of PFF and/or various Valve styles and types.
•    Experience in Global Sourcing
•    Detail-oriented, flexible and highly motivated with a strong work ethic and professional demeanor 
•    Effective time management and organizational skills
•    Ability to perform multiple tasks efficiently and accurately
•    Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
•    Team player with the ability to also work independently to meet fixed deadlines, goals and objectives.
•    Strong leadership and people management skills
•    Intercultural sensibility and experience


Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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