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Lead Contracts Specialist


El Dorado, AR, US, 71730

Delek US Holdings, Inc. is a diversified downstream energy company with assets in petroleum refining, logistics, asphalt, renewable fuels and convenience store retailing. We are hiring for the position of Lead Contracts Specialist located in our El Dorado, Arkansas Refinery.


The Lead Contracts Specialist, Refining and will report to the site Supply Chain Director. Responsible for sourcing, negotiating and contracting in support of non-hydrocarbon, 3rd party (Indirect) spend for the site.  The role directly executes contracting and sourcing activity to ensure the safe, reliable, cost effective delivery of goods and services in alignment with Delek’s strategic objectives and corporate growth plans. Is responsible for executing on SCM strategy by optimizing spend, leveraging the supply base, minimizing risk and ensuring compliance to regulatory standards to meet the El Dorado Refinery (EDR) needs.  Specifically, accountable for execution and delivery for local sourcing, contracting and procurement activities for Turnarounds, local Capital Projects, and run and maintain, such as, mechanical and electrical services, scaffolding, painting, inspection programs, mechanical seals programs, etc. among others.  The Lead Contracts Specialist is responsible for effective management & execution of all ad-hoc contract requests, while maintaining high level of service to the stakeholders.


Come and #jointheenergy! We offer top of the line benefits along with health premium re-imbursements.

Role & Responsibilities:

  • Supports Delek’s El Dorado Refinery to manage spend, reduce risk and create a competitive advantage by optimizing total cost of ownership. Constantly seeks and identifies opportunities for value creation (cost savings, cost avoidance, revenue enhancement) and risk reduction.
  • Manages contracting activity for a portfolio of spend categories to optimize the supply base and deliver financial benefit from supply chain improvements and strategic initiatives.
  • Execution of strategic & tactical sourcing processes (RFP, RFI, RFx) for 3rd party non-hydrocarbon spend, incorporating local market intelligence, conducting sourcing events, bid evaluations, commercial negotiations, supplier selection and contract award & execution.
  • Conducts contract negotiations & redlines for all new agreements, contract expirations and renewals, while ensuring accuracy and completeness of the contract development and execution process. 
  • Develops and implements clear and concise supply contracts, aligned with contract templates and considering all legal and commercial dimensions, including remuneration mechanisms, key risks (supply, commercial, legal), and exit strategies.
  • Reviews contract performance and ensure compliance with contract pricing, terms and conditions and service levels.  Assists with Supplier Performance Management to minimize contract value leakage and ensure contract compliance.
  • Ensure appropriate contract files and managed and maintained in accordance with the Contract Administration process, document retention policy and audit activity.
  • Ensure stakeholders understand all key terms and conditions of an agreement, including business risk, commercial implications and commitments made, prior to contract execution.  Outlines any deviations to Delek’s standard templates, including Terms and Conditions.
  • Builds credibility with internal and external stakeholders to ensure adoption of center-led sourcing and procurement initiatives.  Ensures collaborative interaction to understand operational needs, while providing effective and efficient support to the overall business.
  • Tracks and maintains measurable performance metrics for the site contracting and sourcing activities to include (but not limited to) spend under management, compliance to category strategies, internal order placement performance, and Value Creation.
  • Enables compliance with standardized contracting and procurement practices and procedures for all key areas within the Supply Chain Function, including contracting strategy, sourcing, contract templates, supply risk management, contractor management and procure-to-pay process.


Required Qualifications – Education, Skills & Experience:

  • Minimum BS/BA degree in Supply Chain, Business or relevant field.
  • Masters or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive experience in procurement, supply chain, commercial, business or relevant area
  • Minimum 5 years in sourcing and contracting at, or in support, of a manufacturing site or business operations, either direct or indirect
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working collaboratively across various functional areas
  • Minimum 3 yrs. dealing with department heads, senior management and customers
  • Ability to negotiate and redline contracts, with the intent of maximizing value and minimizing risk, as well as, liaise with Legal and vendors to execute agreements.
  • Must be a strategic thinker with confidence and speed in execution.
  • Excellent influencing, negotiation and analytical skills are required
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Supportive and hands-on, able to act independently
  • A strong collaborator across the business, Supply Chain and other support Functions
  • Makes decisions with good judgment, taking responsibility and delivering of results.
  • Is a Change Champion:  Has courage to lead change. Takes a broad business perspective and is willing to speak up. Stimulates new thinking in a positive and non-threatening fashion.
  • Can deal with ambiguity, showing strong self-confidence and determination.
  • Applies strong personal integrity and has a high service orientation.
  • SAP, Ariba, Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Office




We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans


It’s an exciting time to join Delek. We’re on a mission to attract, retain, and engage the best and brightest talent – those who are great team players and leaders who make it their first priority to serve. 

  • We are performance driven
  • We value a passion for excellence
  • We value teamwork
  • We value and reward hard work and dedication

Delek US offers the opportunity to provide you with more than a job – we want to help you build a career. 

Since our inception, our ability to hire the right people for the job has served us well, resulting in an impressive record of consistent growth and profitability. With more than 3,500 employees in nine states, we have brought together a diverse team of professionals passionate about investing their time and expertise in one of the most dynamic downstream energy companies in the market today. 

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