Oceaneering Category Manager in Houston, Texas

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment, and aerospace industries. Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, built-to-order specialty subsea hardware, deepwater intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspection, and engineering and project management.

Position Summary

The Category Manager will define, manage, implement, and optimize an appropriate sourcing strategy for assigned commodities for Oceaneering International Inc. Manage cross-functional business relationships in the development and implementation of collaborative supply strategies, end to end contracting, performance management, and continuous improvement operations. Serve as the primary interface between suppliers and Oceaneering’s operational, supply chain and engineering/operational teams. Work as the primary change agent and supplier relationship manager for improving Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost in the category supply base.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Create, implement and manage a Strategic Sourcing Plan for the assigned Purchasing Categories in order to achieve the best commercial position for Oceaneering.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop supplier and commodity plans which support projects and service lines in the creation of added value to the company.
  • Lead contract strategies, negotiations and supplier selection for assigned commodities and services with intent to create a win-win situation for OII and supplier.
  • Regularly review category strategies and enhance effectiveness of existing strategies and/or develop new strategies in response to evolving market factors and requirements
  • Collect, segment, prioritize and evaluate key category/supplier data; acting upon supply conditions that influence total cost of ownership or place company operations at risk
  • Develop effective cost reduction models for key suppliers with risk profiles
  • Communicate variance as it relates to budgeted or targeted costs.
  • Understand OII Product Roadmaps, communicate to suppliers and capitalize on supplier product development activities.
  • Collaborate with suppliers to assess emerging opportunities and leverage technology innovations from the supply base. Facilitate technical meetings as appropriate.
  • Drive supplier rationalization, standardization, and cost reduction opportunities.
  • Support development of more efficient execution processes with supply partners.
  • Cultivate a strong business relationship with assigned suppliers.
  • Lead supplier relationship management activities for respective category.
  • Obtain and internally disseminate market intelligence obtained through business relationships.
  • Work with operational, project and supply chain personnel to ensure safe and timely delivery of quality products/services which satisfy all requirements.
  • Continually monitor supplier performance; utilizing operational team resources to mitigate any issues and meet specified performance targets.
  • Direct and manage supplier performance improvement initiatives; implement gap closure plans, action plans and service level agreements where necessary.
  • Ensure the creation and clear communication of proper technical, quality, legal and commercial requirements for product and services.
  • Develop short and long term demand profiles and work with supply base to ensure capacity.
  • Support the business (pre and post award) with contract risk management expertise and ensure compliance between business unit and suppliers.
  • Identify supplier risk for respective category and develop mitigation plans to alleviate potential loss to the business
  • Proactively identify, communicate and mitigate schedule execution issues.
  • 30% Travel domestic and international, as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities, but will lead global teams which directly affect P&L; bottom line



  • Bachelor degreee in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering or related Engineering Degree
  • 8+ years’ experience in electro-hydraulic systems, underwater acoustic/sonar systems and/or dynamic positioning systems. Experience with various applications of subsea ROV tooling, Radiography or NDT equipment is also desired.
  • Five or more (5+) years in customer or supplier relationship management
  • Experience with Leading remote and global category teams
  • Strong commercial background
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of PeopleSoft or similar software


  • Masters Degree in related field
  • Experience with value engineering activities

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

Job Title: Category Manager

Location: Houston, Texas

Job ID: 12102

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time