Air Products
La Porte, Texas
Nov 18, 2023
Nov 22, 2023
Position Type
Alternative Fuels
Full Time
Organization Type
At Air Products, our purpose is to bring people together to reimagine whats possible, collaborate and innovate solutions to the worlds most significant energy and environmental sustainability challenges. Grow with us as we embark on building tomorrow together by being the safest, most diverse, and most profitable industrial gas company in the world.

Reimagine Whats Possible

Are you someone who is detail oriented? Do you have a passion for identifying ways to help improve and executive projects? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

IG North America has an opening for a Procurement Specialist in the Houston or La Porte, TX region executing commercial activities supporting Plant Maintenance, Turnarounds and Capital projects.

Position Summary:

This position is accountable for sourcing and buying a broad range of service categories across business units within the Americas region. These procurement activities include services in support of operating plants, turnarounds, and capital projects. The incumbent will implement assignments where the source of supply has not been pre-determined through existing supply agreements and competitive bidding as required. Additionally, the position, in coordination with Air Products technical resources, will develop qualified vendors that will broaden and strengthen the existing supply base.

A strong technical background in contract services procurement is preferred. The ideal candidate will have a broad commodity background and familiarity with construction, maintenance, and labor services procurement as well as extensive contract management experience. The position requires detailed knowledge of the procurement function combined with work process knowledge related to requisitioning, buying, receiving and disbursements. Negotiating is a critical part of the daily activities. The candidate must have a successful record of negotiating pricing, terms, and conditions as well as experience in handling large value complex agreements. The position interfaces regularly with requisitioner's, vendors, project engineers, and turnaround managers. The position will actively participate in best practice sharing.


Conducting competitive bidding events using the Workday/Scout RFP system
Negotiating pricing, labor rates and terms with vendors
Purchase order processing using the buyer role in SAP
Handling existing vendor relationships
Order administration, problem resolution, supplier complaints, etc.
Discrepancy resolution for purchase order payments
Contractor/supplier qualification
The routine practice of using data for decision making and metric reporting
Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment; incumbent handles multiple, competing priorities.

Performance Standard

Strategic thinking and organizational credibility - able to influence business area, engineering and manufacturing managers in decision making process
Ability to work without close supervision. Self-motivated and willingness to learn. Makes good use of time, completing assigned tasks in a timely manner.
Works professionally and harmoniously with co-workers, supervisors, management, support personnel, program participants, and business-related persons.
Uses positive and constructive attitude toward resolution of problems and conflicts.
Demonstrates an ability to remain calm in demanding situations.
High ethical standards - unwilling to compromise on worker safety and regulatory compliance requirements
Maintains confidentiality of written and verbal information pertaining to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., its staff, management and participating onsite affiliates.


BS/BA Degree
Technical background / experience in contract services procurement
Knowledge of sourcing / procurement work processes
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Existing roles in SAP preferred (not necessarily purchasing roles)
Competency in using the Microsoft Office suite of products
Must be comfortable with IT systems and SAP; both are used extensively daily
Must enjoy and have a successful track record of negotiating, which is done every day both with suppliers and internal clients
Self-motivated contributor with the ability to work independently through managed objectives
Must be able to work in a small team environment
Minimal travel, none on a recurring basis
We are the worlds largest hydrogen producer with over 80 years of industrial gas experience. We are hydrogen experts delivering safe, end-to-end solutions, investing in real, clean energy projects at scale, and driving the industry forward to generate a cleaner future.

At Air Products, we work in an environment where we put safety first, diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit About Air Products.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.). You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.

Air Products is committed to working with and providing a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and you believe you need a reasonable accommodation to search for a job opening or to submit an online application, please e-mail us at (e-mail removed) General application status inquiries are not answered by this mailbox rather youll receive an e-mail directly from our Career Center and/or the Talent Acquisition Specialist.