DTE Energy Senior Buyer in Newport, Michigan

Job Description

Senior Buyer-09988

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are the largest electric and gas utility in Michigan with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America. We are a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan with businesses in 26 different states.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

We care for our employees and prioritize their health and safety first. Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

· Gallup Great Workplace Award for 3 consecutive Years! (2013, 2014 and 2015)

· Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For

· J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award

· Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”

· Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT

· Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award

· Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Job Summary:

Provides overall strategic direction, implementation and continuous improvement for Supply Chain’s Cost Management initiatives. These encompass the specification, procurement, delivery, storage and

disposition of materials and equipment, as well as services, for operations, maintenance and capital projects needs of the Enterprise Business Units.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Leads innovative and creative cross functional teams to develop and drive cost competitive procurement strategies.

  • Leads company procurement processes to ensure quality, cost effectiveness, and delivery from Company’s supplier business partners.

  • Cultivates and builds internal and external alliances and partnerships with customers and suppliers to drive cost reduction, process improvement, and best practices.

  • Studies market trends, conducts and applies benchmarking/competitive assessments, as well as promoting industry standards.

  • Represents the Company in supplier relationships which include negotiations, commercial terms and conditions.

  • Maximizes assets and specific inventory investments to balance Business Unit needs with total cost management.

  • Provides mentoring and direction to Buyers and Associates Buyers to implement buying plans and achieve goals.

  • Supports DTE and SCM goals and measurements; and understands and complies with all DTE and SCM corporate policies and procedures.

  • Monitors supplier performance and acts proactively on that data.

  • Provide support to plant by performing on-call duties as scheduled.

  • Provide support to plant by performing Radiological Emergency Response duties.

  • Provide support to plant by performing alternate work schedules during plant outages.


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics OR a position related field

  • Required: 5 years Supply Chain/Procurement experience

  • Preferred: Knowledge of SAP and Maximo.

  • Preferred: Yellow/Green/Black Belt

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as demonstrated by successfully developing and presenting written analyses and presentations to management, educating and clearly communicating with customers and vendors, facilitating diverse groups to consensus and receiving positive feedback from the customer business units.

  • Good computer skills, as demonstrated by independently completing various data analyses, pulling data from various databases, performing requested analyses, effectively using the Internet to conduct market/industry research, as well as identifying sources for products and services, and training and developing other Buyers on the required computer systems.

  • Effectively manages workload level, as demonstrated by appropriate requisition age for product mix, consistent positive customer and warehouse feedback, little re-work,meeting deadlines, taking on additional work, working independently on routine tasks, and effectively prioritizing tasks to meet

business needs.

  • Effective negotiation and contract writing, as demonstrated by successfully and independently handling complex contracts, including proficiency in considering multiple long term and short-term variables, building relationships with internal and external customers and vendors, crafting contracts that are uniquely tailored to fit business needs, Business Unit with scope of work, making recommendations for legal review, generating creative and innovative solutions, and reviewing peers contracts for compliance with DTE Energy requirements.

  • Understands risk management, value analysis and proper decision making, as demonstrated by ensuring terms and conditions are complete and accurate, utilizing appropriate costing models to project risks and reward, appropriately analyzing trade offs, consequences and liabilities of actions, knowing when to escalate issues to leadership or experts, and independently making good decisions in unique situations.

  • Basic understanding of business needs and the organization as a whole, as demonstrated by participation in business unit meetings, recognized by the business unit as adding value, recognizing impact of market trends, demonstrating expert knowledge in assigned areas of products or services, and

identifying points of leverage across the business unit and organization.

  • Demonstrated application of continuous improvement tools, systems & processes.

  • Must successfully complete all elements of background investigation for unescorted accesses, and maintain eligibility for continued unescorted access including random Drug Testing.

Job: Supply Chain & Purchasing

Title: Senior Buyer

Primary Location: Michigan-Newport

Requisition ID: 09988