Buyer Marine Freight at LyondellBasell

Vacature Buyer marine freight bij LyondellBasell

Are you looking for a senior role where you will be responsible to procure export container transport and freight forwarding service agreements and coordinate ? And are you exprienced in negotiating with shipping lines and forwarders. Do you want to work in a leading  international company within its field, in an environment where professional and personal growth is encouraged? Welcome to LyondellBasell.

This is LyondellBasell

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world’s largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for the fourth consecutive year.

This is the role

We have 2 open positions which we recruit for. As the Buyer Marine Freight you are responsible to procure export container transport and freight forwarding service agreements for all LyondellBasell businesses according to defined procurement strategies and internal policies. You coordinate LyondellBasell’s global ocean freight RFQ process, negotiate and complete contracts with shipping lines and forwarders, monitors performance with set KPIs and benchmarks the business.

You will set up and maintain company’s purchasing strategies in container freight and freight forwarding sourcing. The role includes to develop global sustainability strategy for container transport.

In this role, you also monitor complex export processes and intiate cross departmental process improvements when ever such an opportunity arises. These improvements will ensure smooth export operations with optimal cost and enhance our customer service. Furthermore you will support the Associate Buyers by monitoring air freight market and setting up procurement strategy for air cargo freight sourcing.

Responsibilities & accountabilities:

  • Procure, negotiate and manage ocean transport contracts and related services according to company’s strategies and internal policies;
  • Coordinate annual global container freight RFQ and present results to internal stakeholders;
  • Set up regular performance review meetings with carriers and freight forwarders and evaluate their performance with agreed KPI scorecards;
  • Manage agreed benchmark initiatives. Continuously collect market information and report it to internal stakeholders;
  • Initate and maintain detailed freight forwarding procedures and have them documented;
  • Support Associate Buyer in operational trouble shooting, quality complaint investigation and spot freight procurement.

This is who you are

To be succesfull in the role of Buyer Marine Transport you must recognize yourself in the following skillset:

  • Interpersonal Capability: Builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; diffuses even high-tension situations comfortably; encourages cooperation and collaboration; is candid with others; solves problems with others;
  • Team Work: Builds constructive and effective relationships with suppliers, ‘internal customers’ and (departmental) colleagues. Solves situations comfortably and encourages cooperation and collaboration by securing the Company’s interests;
  • Systemic Thinking: understands how purchasing decisions will impact the LYB organisation and recognizes the multiple dependencies of decisions;
  • Analytical Skills: Demonstrates ability to analyse and evaluate assignments. Ability to navigate through the ambiguity to crystallize thoughts and help set direction;
  • Drive for Results: Steadfastly pushes self and others for results; works with passion and a sense of urgency; seeks opportunities to improve results and processes in a proactive manner; contributes to the goals and profitability of the company;
  • Negotiation Skills;
  • Presentation skills.

This is what you bring

  • Master degree in Supply Chain Management or Business Administration;
  • Advanced excel and power point skills are essential;
  • Min 4 years working experience in the container shipping or freight forwarding industry or in an equivalent commercial position;
  • Fluent in English. Being fluent in Dutch, German, French, Italian or Spanish language will be a bonus.

This is what we offer

We offer an environment where we encourage personal and professional growth and where you will be rewarded for your performance and results. You will have the possibility to work with specialist on all fields to develop innovative solutions and to extend your national and international network. In addition, we offer you a competitive salary package. The Company’s Global Remote Work Policy allows eligible employees the option to work up to two days a week from home.


Please feel free to contact our corporate recruiter for more details. Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume via this application link. Only applications through this application link will be taken into consideration.

The recruitment process exists of an initial phone screening and two business interviews before proceeding to a possible job offer.

Acquisition due to this vacancy is not appreciated.