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Regional Procurement Manager

at National Oilwell Varco

Posted: 3/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1900662

Job Description


This position will manage a team of buyers supporting 3 locations within the Gulf Coast region (Tomball, TX, Houston, TX, and Houma, LA). This position will report to the Director of Sourcing and Procurement. The position will be primarily located at our West Little York Houston Facility, 16 miles (NW) from Downtown Houston, TX. However, 30% (driving-distance) travel to supported Gulf Coast manufacturing sites, as well as to NOV's Richmond Tower Headquarters in Houston, is required as a part of this position.

This position will lead, plan, and manage the purchase of raw materials and manufactured outsourced components as necessary, in amounts and timing to assure that price, quality, quantity, delivery schedules, and inventory levels contribute effectively to company profit, cash management, and growth objectives.


  • Manages and develops Procurement team located at multiple sites within the Gulf Coast region.
  • Serves as a single focal point for Manufacturing and Operations for the entire region.

·        Develop sourcing strategies; identify and recommend potential suppliers; negotiate terms and conditions for purchases; deliver company objectives. 

  • Ensures that spend not covered by strategy is well managed, via market analysis, RFP/RFQ, supplier negotiation and other activities.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of purchase-to-pay and strategic sourcing processes, procedures, and systems in full compliance with internal control requirements.

·        Coordinate and oversee/supervise day-to-day purchasing activity for the Purchasing Department, encompassing and troubleshooting issues, be they supply, supplier, plant, or personnel related.    

·        Oversee activities of Purchasing function/groups at plant locations ensuring most competitive pricing and most suitable suppliers are contracted while ensuring adherence to all company purchasing procedures.  

·        Negotiate purchase contracts as necessary to ensure continuity of supply at the most competitive prices.

·        Manage, revise, and implement purchasing processes and projects to increase company efficiency and minimize costs by actively (1) challenging vendor pricing, (2) initiating cost savings projects, (3) assessing vendor capabilities, and (4) developing alternate sources of supply. 

·        Develop and maintain budgetary control through (1) short-term and long-term cost forecasting, (2) variance analyses, and (3) development of corrective actions to meet financial forecasts.

·        Maintain purchasing documentation and all internal systems and departmental records, including records of both current and historical purchases.

·        Develop new and maintain good business relationships with suppliers – evaluate supplier performance on an on-going basis, implementing corrective actions, as necessary, to ensure quality, cost, and delivery objectives are achieved.

·        Work with QA team to develop and introduce a Vendor Scoring Card system to effectively manage supplier relationships.  

  • Coaches, develops, and motivates employees through formal and informal processes including dialogs, skill gap analysis, and training.
  • Supervises and develops Buyers within the procurement team to meet efficiency and KPI targets.
  • Understands and promotes concept of total cost of ownership and use it in day-to-day operations.
  • Holds regular business reviews with the site leadership teams and provides detailed report of the function performance to all site managers.
  • Understand Operations / Manufacturing needs and ensures that goals are aligned with company goals, business drivers, and functional goals. 

·        Ensure effective, accurate, and proper channels of communications.

·        Manage and mentor direct reports, including Personal Development Plans and implementation of Departmental Measurement Metrics, to improve departmental performance.

·        Maintain the highest ethical standards and assure the fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers to (1) support the NOV and Downhole Values & Vision and (2) provide the foundation for a competitive advantage.

  • Maintains focus on value added activities and can identify and implement alternative, innovative, and creative solutions to drive lowest total cost of ownership. Capable of balancing cost saving opportunity with risk mitigation.
  • Develops strong working relationship with Category team; approaches the sourcing strategy methodology according to guidelines; conducts necessary project management activity for local site projects.
  • Acts as a champion of change with internal customers and staff.
  • At the site and regional level, promotes cross-functional teams in assessing risks and developing models associated with supply and technical improvements.

·        All other duties as assigned.



  • BS/BA Degree required. MBA preferred
  • APICS or CPM certification preferred; must have willingness to obtain if not certified
  • LEAN / Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification preferred; must have willingness to obtain if not certified




·        10 years of overall demonstrated, successful, professional experience in Supply Chain management, specializing in the Sourcing and/or Procurement functions for job-shop related products.

·        Prior experience as a manager, leading a team of direct reports is required

·        In-depth knowledge of machining processes, metals, and welding gained via experience working in a machine shop or fabrication business (minimum of 5 years).

·        JDE knowledge and experience preferred, but ERP experience a necessity.


  • Integrity and trust.
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Solid judgement with ability to make good decisions.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to manage diverse relationships and interact effectively with all levels within the organization.

·        Demonstrated ability using team-driven philosophies to drive issues to closure and get job done in professional and compliant manner.

  • Capable of managing multiple priorities and projects at the same time.
  • Ability to negotiate and sustain networking relationships.


·        Strong project management and leadership skills.

·        Understanding of market dynamics and sound business judgement.

·        Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management and relevant software.

·        Comfortable with figures and in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.

·        Ability to compile, analyze, and present data in a concise manner.

·        Ability to access and understand individual supplier's capabilities.

·        Experience with Microsoft Office, especially proficient in the use of Excel.


·        Some travel required to support supplier/vendor relationships and performance.