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UGI Corporation Manager - Category Management in Denver, Pennsylvania

UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility company committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to our 700,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and 1 county in Maryland. We pride ourselves on being a responsive, engaging energy company. The foundation of our success lies in the strength of our 1,700 plus employees who strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and the communities we serve every day.

We offer comprehensive benefits, some of which are:

  • medical, prescription, dental, vision, life insurance

  • disability plans

  • 401(k) matched savings plan

  • paid vacation

  • company stock purchase program

  • wellness programs

  • tuition reimbursement

  • paid parental leave

  • paid volunteer time

  • adoption assistance

Job Summary

Design and implement the high-level, global (Cross-Business Unit [BU]) category strategy. The role shall provide an overarching strategy and contract management that informs, grounds, and governs all category, subcategory and sourcing-related planning, activities, and events. Develop market and technical knowledge of categories, develop credibility amongst business for category and industry knowledge. Partner with BU leadership, functional leadership, operational procurement, and execution teams to set the direction for related segments and/or line items, ensuring a comprehensive and consistent approach is taken. Lead and manage category management team with alignment of goals and the development of our people, including but not limited only to knowledge, skills, abilities, and alignment with UGI Family of Companies values.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Category Management Accountabilities:

  • Develop, implement, and manage the high-level category strategy and related profiles, including category-level sourcing opportunity identification and implementation across the UGI Family of Companies.

  • Responsible for reviewing and negotiating contract terms and conditions while coordinating technical product review through supporting functions.

  • Execute commercial review and coordinate technical review on customer requests for quotation. Consult with supporting departments globally as necessary (Legal, Quality, Sales, Engineering, Planning, Manufacturing, etc.).

  • Direct and manage the market intelligence gathering, incorporate these findings into sourcing strategies, as well as using it to inform the overall demand placed on procurement sources.

Management of Category Management Staff:

  • Direct the category management team, which includes clear and current role definitions that outline responsibilities, capabilities and required competencies.

  • Lead and ensure those involved in working with suppliers and within global contracts are informed and prepared to execute category strategies.

  • Provide end-to-end management of the category management roles reporting into this role, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Execution of full category management plans

  • Prioritize workload and support where needed

  • Engage with business partners and others within Procurement for problem resolution

  • Provide work review

  • Review and approve category profiles/plans prepared by supporting category managers to ensure they are in alignment with objectives.

Category Management:

  • Leverage procurement spend by leading cross-functional category teams to analyze pertinent data:

  • Current and forecasted spend

  • Budgets

  • Customer and BU related requirements

  • Benchmarks

  • Defining and delivering a value plan that includes Supplier Relationship Management

  • Lead the drive for annual cost reduction commitments, strategic sourcing, source selection, and supplier management for in scope categories.

  • Identify and establish strategic relationships with global suppliers and guide overall management of those relationships.

  • Maintain responsibility for the profiling methodology, execution, governance, and key decisions related to supporting subcategories line items and/or segments.

Perform other duties, participate in projects, complete other tasks, as requested.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to lead and indirectly influence in a global, matrixed team environment.

  • Expert-level knowledge of energy related categories.

  • Expert in the category management including market analysis, demand management, strategic sourcing process, supplier relationship management, risk management and the ability to track the value delivery of the category management work.

  • Expert in sourcing strategy formulation and implementation; process development / reengineering; contract / agreement writing; supplier/contract management; and continuous improvement.

  • Ability to represent inter-departmental and corporate issues across internal and external boundaries.

  • Proven track record in delivery of complex, cross-functional procurement initiatives on-time and on-budget.

  • Ability to interface at all levels of the organization and with suppliers to solve problems when facing evolving demands.

  • Demonstrated success in leveraging company-wide spend by ensuring the implementation of global/international agreements.

  • Experience managing and developing teams.

  • Effective in the demonstration of key competencies:

  • Executive level relationship development and management

  • Team building and collaboration

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Strategic planning

  • Leadership presence

  • Process and performance management

  • Analytical and measurement driven

  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple in-flight initiatives

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in Business (or other related degree programs) and/or MBA preferred.

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in category management and strategic sourcing experience including mastery in EPC contracts, category profiling, strategy derivation, spend assessment, project management, and financial modeling preferred. At least 2 years overseeing the work of others/managing others desired.

  • Nationally recognized professional certification preferred (Technical Certificate, Certified Purchasing Manager or Certified Professional Contract Manager).

UGI Utilities, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. As such, the Company abides by the requirements of the Executive Order 11246, 41 CFR 60-741.5(a), and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). The Company does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally protected class in its practices.

Successful applicants shall be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment, and if hired, shall be subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with UGI policies. As a federal contractor that engages in safety-sensitive work, UGI cannot permit employees in certain positions to use medical marijuana, even if prescribed by an authorized physician. Similarly, applicants for such positions who are actively using medical marijuana may be denied hire on that basis.