Category Lead - Construction Services & Energy Efficiency

Eversource   •  

Berlin, CT

Industry: Energy & Utilities


8 - 10 years

Posted 105 days ago

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Job Description Summary:

This position is responsible for leading, developing and implementing  category management plans.  Responsible for procurement spend in category areas with medium to high spend, risk, change, market complexity and stakeholder (internal and external) considerations.  Role includes developing strategic sourcing strategies, managing the bid process  and negotiations for very large, complex services.  Recognized as the leader of the category with expert knowledge.  Provides the direct supervision and direction for assigned Agents.Drive total cost of ownership improvements including supplier performance and develop the supply base, to deliver results for stakeholders and in line with the organization’s Business Plan.
? Develops tools and techniques to profile; benchmark; research and assess the market; risks; competition; trends and new opportunities to ensure continuity of supply and maximize value / competitive advantage.
? Trusted advisor to client groups, providing expertise and advice on new business approaches to category strategy, sourcing and supplier/ contract management. Proactively ensures Business Sponsors are regularly kept informed and engaged in the category plan and ongoing category management.
? Leads effective cross-organizational teams to develop and implement strategies to meet objectives and targets. Acts as a role model, and technical expert, independently provides coaching and mentoring.
? Develops the strategy and manages the execution of supplier and stakeholder relationships for their assigned category. Includes internal stakeholders as appropriate.
? Develops and manages the implementation of supplier relationship management plans. Leads negotiations with suppliers. Coordinates with the business to ensure the management of supplier relationships. Works with others to resolve and escalate supplier issues.
? Produces and analyzes SRM scorecards. Monitors contract and supplier performance including KPIs, reviews with business groups and uses to improve future performance and strategy development. Ensures contracts are being managed to meet category strategic objectives and the benefits framework.
? Executes a multi-year category strategy and annual procurement plan that aligns with business forecast / objectives. In consultation with the Manager, ensures the development of compelling business cases to support decision making and obtain approval.
? Utilizes their knowledge of business needs and understanding of the market structure to make recommendations on how changes in business processes can improve ways to go to market; structure the sourcing approach and contract.
? Develops and manages project plans to ensure strategies are executed on schedule and achieve projected financial / operational benefits. Identifies risks and makes recommendations for mitigation.
? Provide support for and adhere to all procurement policies and procedures and ensure compliance. Support all audit requests to maintain compliance to corporate policies.
? Writes and presents business plans, briefs, category management plans and other documents to management and key internal and external stakeholders.
? Negotiates and executes large to very large dollar / complex contracts.
? Provide leadership and direction to Sr. Sourcing Agents, Sourcing Agents, and Agents. Manage and evaluate individual’s performance.


Expertise in the category areas - demonstrated by a proven ability to develop and articulate category strategies. Full understanding of purchasing and inventory systems. Strong understanding of contractlanguage terms and conditions. Solid understanding of business,

financial principles. Advanced problem solving, decision making, and influencing skills. Advanced negotiation skills. Excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal skills. Able to present to a wide range of audiences. Demonstrated ability to manage complex and or critical internal and external relationships requiring diplomacy, political savvy. Advanced program, project management skills and techniques. Expert analytical & MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) skills.

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree, MBA preferred

Minimum of eight (8) years related experience. Proven experience of providing highly effective supplier management and development, often gained as an agent or progressively more responsible roles. Experience drafting complex contract agreements. Experience managing cross functional, business improvement programs / projects.

Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), Six Sigma, Lean, Process or Project Mgmt. certifications desirable

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Eversource Energy is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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