Houston, Texas

Company Presentation

World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3,6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902. Air Liquide’s ambition is to be the leader in its industry, delivering long-term performance and acting responsibly.

Business

Critical member of the Category Management team providing international Sourcing and Category Management support for Air Liquide Business Units across the US, Canada, Mexico, and potentially other geographies.  The primary focus of this role will be to support the Hardgoods (safety, welding equipment, and related materials) Retail businesses, including the further development of private label programs through the development of supply chains in Best Cost Countries (i.e. Asia-Pacific region).

Job Description

The Principal Category Specialist will engage with Product Managers to support the ambitions of the program through Category Management best practices including, but not limited to, strategic sourcing, contract negotiation and management, commercial negotiations, supplier relationship management, and demand planning. 

Develops and executes Procurement strategies in full alignment with key stakeholders for Hardgoods categories and/or suppliers under areas of responsibility.

Sourcing for “New Normal” PPE products for resell by establishing network of domestic (wholesalers, distributors) and international (manufacturers, agents) sources, including: 

  • Qualifying manufacturers per Air Liquide/Airgas and country-specific guidelines
  • Facilitating product and packaging review/approval by Product Manager
  • Managing competitive bidding process
  • Negotiation of commercial terms

Sourcing support for private label Hardgoods in conjunction with our Radnor Brand Product Director, and Product Manager strategies. 

  • Sourcing support to enable the domestic and global expansion of our Radnor Brand of products.
  • Sourcing support of existing Radnor Branded Product agreements.
  • Manage RFI; RFQ & RFP processes for existing and new Radnor Brand products.
  • Work with our Radnor Product Director, Product Managers and Radnor Analyst to enable the execution of cost savings opportunities with our Radnor Brand portfolio of products. 

“Tier 3” supplier relationship management, including negotiating and securing annual rebates

Supplier management support as requested, particularly in seeking opportunities to leverage Airgas/Air Liquide scale across the supplier base

Requirements

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, or other business related fields.
  • 7 years of relevant work experience.

Preferred

  • Fluent in Mandarin

Houston, Texas

Air Liquide is a global leader, constantly striving to stay on top in a fast paced, high-tech industry. Our careers provide you with an immediate opportunity to contribute. We give you the responsibility to find customer solutions and the autonomy needed to get things done. The diversity of our businesses and our worldwide operations mean a career at Air Liquide can take you almost anywhere you want to go.

Air Liquide Group relies on the skills and commitment of over 43,000 people throughout the world with a broad range of responsibilities in a variety of industries. It is through their efforts that we have become a world leader in industrial and medical gases with a reputation for excellence.


The diversity of our employees is a driving force behind our success. Present in over 75 countries, our people are a mixture or gender, race, culture, nationality, education and professional experience. Their combined competencies allow us to capitalize on fast changing opportunities worldwide.

One of Air Liquide's strategic themes is developing our talents. Recruiting, training, mobility...more competent and motivated teams are and will continue to be one of the foundations of Air Liquide's growth and leadership.

Our Career Philosophy

At Air Liquide we trust in the initiative of our people. We believe our employees are the source of our success and rely on their intelligence, creativity and determination to continuously improve our performance. We give people responsibility and trust them to get the job done. The link between our employees and our success means we must continuously attract the best people. To do so, Air Liquide must be a great place to work. Our mission is to ensure this is the case.

A career at Air Liquide means the opportunity to explore many different types of work all over the world while remaining within the same company. It means being part of a company heavily invested in your development—your success drives ours and we prepare you to succeed. It also means working for a company that believes your success is dependent on a healthy balance between your personal and professional lives.

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