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

Job Description: Supervises, plans, manages, and assumes complete responsibility for all contracting related activities and processes associated with the acquisition of very high value / very high risk materials and/or services to support the operational needs of the Company. Prepares all contract-related documents; recommends procurement awards; evaluates supplier proposals; negotiates contracts. Interfaces with all levels of internal and external clients, including senior management. Leads and participates cross-functional teams; establishes and maintains favorable supplier relationships; establishes contract attributes, remedies, and options; drafts special and sometimes complex contract language. Leads and identifies supplier alliance opportunities; resolves conflict between suppliers and company. Supervises and mentors lower level contracting agents and support staff. Provides strategic analysis. Manages very high visibility/very high value/very high-risk projects.

  • Supervises/Mentors lower level Contracting Agents and support staff.

  • Meets with internal clients on a regular basis to understand client needs and to strengthen client relationships.

  • Assists with development and implementation of purchasing strategies for very high value / very high risk materials and/or services that meet company requirements.

  • Trains clients & managers in formal training settings and informally through ongoing contact in proper contract management and administration principals.

  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships within teams and suppliers to reduce overall costs; identifies opportunities for greater use of industry specifications, identifies alternate service applications, and secures reliable, cost effective sources for low value / low risk materials and/or service.

  • Maintains emphasis on reliable and efficient suppliers, lowest overall cost, optimum quality and availability, and significant contribution to the Supplier Diversity (WMDVBE) goals.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

External Qualifications:

Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Business, English, Computer Science, Economics, or other related field. A Master’s Degree in Business Administration or other advanced academic training is highly desirable. Professional Certification such as ISM Certification is a plus.

Typically requires 8+ years materials and/or services purchasing experience and has successfully completed purchases over $5,000,000. Occasional visits to job sites may be required, must be able to travel to various job sites.