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DTE Energy Strategic Supply Category Manager in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

Strategic Supply Category Manager


Canonsburg, PA, US

Company: DTE Gas Enterprises, LLC

Job ID: 1263

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve. We have businesses in 26 states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses. Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers. Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

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.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

  • Gallup Great Workplace Award for multiple years

  • Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence

  • Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running

  • 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

Job Summary


An advanced non-management purchasing professional, focusing on specific categories/ subcategories. Responsible for sourcing activities which support cost management initiatives. Conducts spend analyses, identify risks and opportunities, studies market trends, interviews vendors, and provide recommendations for sourcing. Develops and implements long term strategies applicable to a given supply category(s), designed to promote ongoing cost and quality improvements, and develops performance and Total Cost of Ownership metrics. Leads cross-functional teams engaged in procurement activities and provide work direction and/or training to other professionals. Work involves performing difficult and complex services requiring a high level of independent judgement, initiative and discretion. Work is mainly self-directed, with work results reviewed through the achievement of set goals and adherence to policies and procedures.

Key Accountabilities

  • Creates and maintains strategic sourcing plans and long-term strategies designed to generate on-going savings, including: contracting methodologies, industry best practices, internal process improvement, and value-add services from suppliers.

  • Provides expert advice, counsel and execution in specific area(s) of spend.

  • Leads innovative and creative cross-functional teams to develop and implement cost effective procurement strategies.

  • Cultivates and builds internal and external alliances and partnerships with business units and suppliers to achieve ongoing cost reductions, process improvements and best practices.

  • Studies market trends, acquiring and assessing market intelligence; conducts and applies benchmarking/competitive assessments; develops and continually assesses procurement strategies.

  • Provide mentoring and direction to procurement staff as needed to implement sourcing goals.

  • Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges prevailing practices & approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.

  • Understands and supports the SPM processes and goals

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned

  • Establishes positive relationships between end users and suppliers

  • Participates in development, implementation and maintenance of policies, objectives, short and long range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals.

  • Assists end users to plan, develop, recommend, negotiate and administer contracts and proposals; helps evaluate and award bids and proposals including reviewing contract terms and conditions and insurance certificates for all contractor services

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Business, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or Economics (Master’s Degree preferred) with a minimum of 10 years of experience in supply chain management and procurement/purchasing.

Other Qualifications


  • Experience with the non-regulated entities and specific intricacies necessary to keep multiple legal entities compliant with DTE policies and procedures preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with the entire P2P process from sourcing to invoice settlement.

  • Experience with leading cross-functional procurement teams, establishing work-flows, and operational procedures

Other Requirements:

  • Financial / economic modeling and reporting methodologies (ROI, ROA, supplier financial performance, etc.) experience beneficial.

  • Experience developing commodity or category buying strategies

  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

  • Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives.

  • Strong analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.

  • Strong 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 our business unit partners and vendors, crafting contracts that are uniquely tailored to fit business needs, scope of work, making recommendations for legal review, generating creative and innovative solutions, and reviewing peers contracts for compliance with DTE Energy requirements.

  • Able to cope with multiple demands from superiors, client business units and external parties in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.

  • Demonstrated application of continuous improvement tools, systems & processes. Yellow/Green/Black Belt certification preferred.

  • Ability to function within a matrix organization in which functional and business leaders have equal authority within the organization and employees report to both a functional leader and a business leader

  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with both a functional and business leader, who collaborate on employee issues and decisions (including performance management, compensation and development)

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands epitomize those that must be met by an employee to properly perform the integral functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • The employee performs job duties in a climate-controlled office environment, with a moderate noise level.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

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.

Nearest Major Market:Pittsburgh

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