Category Manager – IT #21-56226
SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).
Our highly trained and responsive employees with their diverse skills, talents and ideas are the reason we can deliver on our commitment and are building America’s best energy company. They are also the reason why we have been recognized with the industry’s most coveted awards. Our employees undertake challenging work and receive highly competitive compensation and benefits. As one of the region’s largest employers, we’re always searching for talented and bright people to join our team. After all, it takes the best to build the best. Learn more about benefits HERE.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of SDG&E. Empowering our employees to be their whole selves at work is our competitive advantage. This is where new ideas come from and meaningful collaboration gets an authentic start. By bringing together people with different perspectives, diverse backgrounds and real commitment to their own individuality, we have built a stronger business. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion HERE.
Oversees entire procurement process for medium to high risk and complexity categories. Coordinates with stakeholders and integrates their requirements into the sourcing and contracting processes. Develops and issues Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for information (RFIs) and Request for Quotations (RFQs). Coordinates and leads proposal reviews, evaluations and recommendations for contract awards. Works with Category Managers to support the development and execution of category plans that identify opportunities for operational efficiencies, drive cost savings, manage/mitigate risk, improve safety, drive innovation, and ensure the continuous development of categories managed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Oversees entire procurement process for medium to high risk and complexity categories. Coordinates with stakeholders and integrates their requirements into the sourcing and contracting processes.
- Develops and issues RFPs, RFIs and RFQs. Coordinates and leads proposal reviews, evaluations and recommendations for contract awards.
- Works with Category Managers to support the development and execution of category plans that identify opportunities for operational efficiencies, drive cost savings, manage/mitigate risk, improve safety, drive innovation, and ensure the continuous development of categories managed.
- Evaluates supplier qualifications and identifies alternative suppliers. Leads contract negotiations and works closely with internal support organizations including Legal, Finance, Business Units and Insurance & Risk Management to mitigate risk and exposure for the company.
- Develops and manages supplier alliance opportunities. Resolves conflict between suppliers and company.
- Interprets contractual obligations & positions, coordinates and manages conflict resolution with suppliers/contractors and stakeholders to drive resolution and formalize outcome contractually. Provides recommendations on development and implementation of purchasing strategies for assigned categories. Analyzes internal spend data and market intelligence to strategically source needed services and materials. Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with teams and suppliers to reduce overall costs.
- Meets with internal clients on a regular basis to understand client needs and to strengthen client relationships.
- Advises clients on proper contract management and administration policies and procedures. Ensures client compliance with appropriate procurement policies and procedures, standards for ethical behavior, and accounting policies.
- Maintains records to demonstrate that proper protocol is followed in the sourcing and contracting processes and in the implementation of the supplier relationship.
- Coordinates efforts for pilot programs or proof of concept initiatives.
- Performs other duties as assigned (no more than 5% of duties).
- Bachelor’s Degree Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain, or other related field or equivalent experience/training required.
- 3 years – Of directly relevant experience, preferably in category management, strategic sourcing, other procurement-related role, related analytical role, or through other materials and/or services purchasing experience required.
- IT category management experience strongly preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
- Advanced knowledge and skills with supplier negotiation (managing procurement activities, including both bids and Request for Proposals (RFPs) for solution-oriented proposals) Advanced
- Capable of creating and negotiating commercial terms and conditions in standard contract templates with minimal assistance from legal counsel, and intermediate working knowledge with legal terms and conditions. Intermediate
- Capable of reviewing & redlining statement of works to ensure responsibilities are clearly documented, acceptance criteria is present, deliverables are identified and tied to milestones, if applicable. Advanced
- Contract management skills, measuring and managing supplier performance Advanced
- Persuasive communication skills (oral and written) Advanced
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills Advanced
- Proficient at Microsoft Office programs (PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Word) Intermediate
- Project management expertise in the utility industry. Beginner
- Working understanding of utility and/or energy environments, operating procedures, and economics or regulation. Intermediate
- Deep commodity or domain expertise with assigned company projects, including but not limited to: equipment, services (construction, ,EPC, professional, and technical), sourcing, and/or project management. Intermediate
Licenses and Certifications:
- Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) preferred.
- Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred.
- Travel is required to field, job sites and supplier/contractor plants/facilities, domestically or internationally.
*May hire at a higher level depending on candidate qualifications.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.