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PPL Corporation Manager, Supply Diversity in Allentown, Pennsylvania


Internal Title:

Manager, Supply Diversity

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Set goals and have a process for measuring and reporting each operating units’ Supplier Diversity goal

  • Identify and help select the best Diverse suppliers in the staffs and operating units

  • Provide resources to assist in the growth and development of diverse suppliers within our supplier base

  • Identify opportunities for additional business through the entire procurement process

  • Oversee the continuous evaluation and improvement of individual diverse suppliers

  • Recommend qualified diverse suppliers to participate in competitive sourcing initiatives across all business units; review and endorse sourcing decisions or award recommendations

  • Represent PPL Electric Utilities on the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Supplier Diversity Committee

  • Develop a supplier mentorship program to assist diverse suppliers to grow and do business with PPL EU

  • Interact with the diverse business community through conferences, trade fairs and other events to help develop knowledge of the utility industry supplier base and serve as a key contact at external/internal events

  • Align with strategic sourcing initiatives and gather support from other elements to help support the program

  • Develop a communications/working network with external third-party providers that promote development and opportunities for diverse businesses at local, regional or national levels

  • Oversee the continuous improvement of the PPL EU Supplier Diversity initiatives (Tier II, Mentorship, Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, Staff Training Modules, Goal Setting and Reporting and Organization Outreach)

  • Ensure that the Federal, State and local Government commitments are met timely

  • Conduct supplier reviews with business units’ senior leaders and internal executives to ensure alignment of future strategies

  • Manage a comprehensive annual budget for advocacy groups, memberships, sponsorships, and related expenses

  • Lead/Participate in various special project teams and industry groups and serve as Board of Director member for multiple advocacy organizations

  • Research, assess and implement new industry best practices with benchmarking other utility organizations

  • If applicable, in-person supervision of employees to ensure compliance with FLSA wage and hour issues as well as to monitor compliance with safety rules.

  • Physical presence in the office/on-site to engage in face-to-face interaction and coordination of work among direct reports and co-workers.

  • May be assigned an Electric Utilities emergency and storm role. This is a special assignment that comes into play during storms and other emergencies when the company needs to restore power or respond to other issues affecting customer service. This role may necessitate the need to work after-hours, outside of your normal schedule.

Business Line Specific Requirements

TRAVEL: Will mainly operate out of the General Office (GO) headquarters site in Allentown, PA. Must be willing to travel up to 20-30% to other PPL sites and third-party conferences/meetings, as needed.

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Position Summary:

Responsible for leading the Supplier Diversity strategy for PPL Electric Utilities to ensure the procurement process within Supply Chain will provide opportunities to all categories (MBE/WBE/Veterans/SB/SDB/Disability-Owned Businesses, etc.) of diverse suppliers. This includes all of the groups so stated within the federal guidelines for managing a diverse supply base. Responsible to incorporate Supplier Diversity as a natural part of the sourcing process. Communicate opportunities both formally and informally to the diverse supplier base and the diversity team. Maintain a focus on increasing spend with targeted categories and implementing programs that promote the growth, development and mentoring of diverse suppliers. Analyze current spend with a constant feel for what projects the operating units/staffs intend to source. Align strategic sourcing initiatives and work closely with all sourcing teams to understand decisions being made within Supply Chain. Enhance data collection with necessary resources to avoid misconceptions to what is a procurement initiative or not. Maintain processes related to the collection and retention of certifications for all diverse suppliers in the Supply Chain to ensure accurate counts for all diverse categories and commodities within each Business Unit.

Candidate Qualifications:

Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or other related areas

  • 5-7 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Supplier Diversity and Procurement

  • Superior oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to network and collaborate internally and externally in multi-cultural environment and attend multiple advocacy conferences (NMSDC, WBENC, EEI, Disability:IN, NVSBD)

  • Work experience in related areas such as Direct/Indirect Purchasing, Supplier Diversity Management, Reporting and Business Integration

  • Possess both strong communications and Presentation skills (oral/written) and be able to effectively network with a variety of people at various levels within the company, supply base and business community

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Our company is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identify, genetic information, disability status, or any other protected characteristic.

Regular or Temporary:


Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in Business Administration or other related fields (Supply Chain/Procurement)

• Well-developed networking, negotiation and collaboration skills are a must

• Understand and be able interpret Corporate policy along with Federal, State and local policy as they apply to Supplier Diversity for accurate reporting and compliance that are required

• Interface experience with Supplier Diversity Advocacy organizations

• Work experience within the Supply Chain Procurement process as a Commodity Manager

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Corporate Summary:

As one of the largest investor-owned companies in the U.S. utility sector, PPL Corporation delivers on its promises to customers, investors, employees and the communities we serve. Our utilities – Western Power Distribution, Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities, and PPL Electric Utilities – provide an outstanding service experience for our customers, consistently ranking among the best in the United States and the United Kingdom. PPL has grown from a company with customers and facilities in one region of Pennsylvania to a diverse energy company with more than 10 million customers in the U.S. and the U.K. PPL provides energy for millions of customers while providing challenging and rewarding careers for thousands of employees around the U.S. and abroad. Follow PPL Corporation on social mediaTwitter: @PPLCorporation ( ( PPL Electric Utilities on social mediaTwitter: @PPLElectric ( (