San Diego Gas & Electric Category Manager in San Diego, California

Job Description:

A Category Manager works within the Supply Management organization to maximize the value that is delivered using a category management framework. The role collaborates with senior internal stakeholders, supply chain teams, and suppliers to use continuous improvement techniques to improve internal Business Unit and supply chain outcomes. The role ensures Supply Management is perceived as a positive, significant, value-adding partner to the business by providing solutions to business and operational supply chain challenges, improving processes to reduce total costs of ownership, and maintaining a strategic approach to procurement and supply management.

40% - Typically manages between $50M - $100M in annual technology spend. Leads negotiations, oversees all stages of strategic procurement, helps facilitate supplier performance measurement, and collaborates with key suppliers to identify potential areas for improvement. Manages and identifies supplier alliance opportunities. Supports internal utility Business Unit's supplier management efforts.

20% - Works with clients to develop and manage tools necessary to track supplier performance (ex: scorecards), communicates supplier performance metrics to relevant stakeholders on a regular basis, interfaces with all levels of Supply Management and Business Unit clients, including senior management, leads and participates in cross-functional teams, including representatives from Business Unit clients, DBE & Supplier Excellence, Information Technology, Metrics, procurement operations, and/or Legal.

15% - Develops and maintains category plans that identify opportunities for operational efficiencies, drive cost savings, manage risk, improve safety, drive innovation, and ensure the continuous development of categories managed.

10% - Supervises, plans, manages, and assumes complete responsibility for all activities and processes associated with the categories assigned.

10% - Performs thorough analysis to support the development of category plans, including but not limited to:

  • Meeting with internal customers to understand their needs, requirements, and plans
  • Determining the impact of joint efforts on supplier KPI's
  • Analyzing historical spend
  • Forecasting future spend based on demand planning
  • Building should cost models
  • Calculating total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Creating supplier profiles
  • Conducting market research to identify new suppliers, to predict stresses on the supply base, and to manage pricing (e.g., index pricing and volume discounts)

5% - Other duties as required, e.g.:

  • Creates and implements development plans for suppliers who do not meet performance standards, and resolves conflict between suppliers and the company

External Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree, preferably in Business, Information Technology, Supply Chain, or other related field or equivalent experience/training required.
  • 8 years of directly relevant experience, preferably in category management, strategic sourcing, other procurement-related role, related analytical role, or business consulting, including 3 years of experience leading cross-functional strategic sourcing teams or other change-related programs
  • Extensive experience negotiating all aspects of software license agreements, SAAS agreements, complex system integration agreements is required.
  • Excellent supplier negotiation capabilities (experience managing procurement activities, including both bids and RFP's, for solution-oriented proposals)
  • Demonstrated cross-functional team management experience with a track record of delivering results
  • Successful project management experience (including leading teams to deliver a project on time, and with a high degree of quality)
  • Demonstrated contract management skills, measuring and managing supplier performance
  • Persuasive communication skills (oral and written)
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient at Microsoft Office programs (PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Word)

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • A master's degree in Business Administration, or other advanced academic training
  • Professional Certification, such as CPM or CPSM
  • Project management expertise in the utility industry
  • A demonstrated ability to attain skill development in addition to work duties
  • Demonstrated analytical ability (using data to solve operational problems)
  • A working understanding of utility and/or energy environments, operating procedures, and economics or regulation
  • Deep information technology commodity or domain expertise