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UGI Corporation Principal Category Management Leader in Denver, United States

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

Develop and manage the execution of category or commodity strategies in alignment with business strategy, enabling the achievement of UGI objectives and goals. Oversee and/or manage category sourcing opportunity identification and events, planning, execution and performance. Provide internal business partners with category-specific expertise and thought leadership related to demand, markets, supply base risks and suppliers.

Duties and Responsibilities

Core Category Management Duties: RFP/RFI/RFQ

  • Develop and execute category strategy, including category-level sourcing opportunity identification and implementation across the UGI Family of Companies, and related category profiles, including, but not limited to:

  • Requirements gathering

  • Current state supply assessment

  • Spend analysis

  • Category segmentation

  • Conduct five to seven steps for Request for Proposal (RFP) activities, as appropriate:

  • Data/requirements gathering, define the need/problem to solve, internal needs analysis

  • Supply market analysis, identify vendors

  • Initiate the sourcing process, collect supplier information and details

  • Develop the sourcing/outsourcing strategy

  • Communicate and implement the sourcing strategy

  • Negotiate and select the vendor(s)

  • Benchmark

  • Conduct supplier identification, evaluation, negotiation, selection, contracting and associated implementation for in-scope categories.

  • Make recommendations to internal stakeholders related to requirements, specifications, opportunity, and supplier selection:

  • Current and forecasted spend

  • Budgets

  • Source-to-Contract (S2C) practices

  • Customer and BU related requirements

  • Benchmarks

  • Perform Request for Information (RFI), market analysis, benchmark analysis, total cost modeling, and spend analysis.

  • Manage the contract lifecycle and management; facilitate the bidding (RFP/RFQ), supplier selection, and negotiation process.

  • Configure and facilitate eSourcing and eAuction events.

General Category Management Processes

  • Identify and manage category-focused projects via total cost analysis to deliver best in class results (sourcing, demand management, process audit, etc.).

  • Manage the profiling, execution, governance and key decisions related to the category, supporting subcategory line items and/or segments.

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

  • Develop, communicate and manage category profiles, including:

  • Alignment with over-arching category strategy

  • Relation to demand and supply profile

  • SWOT analysis

  • Key stakeholders management

  • Cost models, etc.

  • Identify and develop action plans to mitigate and resolve supplier risks; communicate and report on business and/or category implications to supplier risks.

Procurement and Supplier-Related Activities

  • Lead and own the supplier relationship management process, conduct and/or oversee Supplier Performance Reviews and improvement initiatives.

  • Benchmark category performance against external data and best practices.

  • Implement improvements identified in external benchmarking for the category performance.

  • Conduct strategic sourcing processes, facilitate and participate (as a member of) the supplier selection team.

  • Collaborate with the Operational Procurement team to design and determine effective buying channels.

Perform other duties as requested, including, but not limited to: participate in projects like Ariba; savings validation and reporting; engage and support execution of department level initiatives; and promote supplier diversity program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

  • Expert-level understanding of both the category managed and the business supported.

  • Contract and negotiation capabilities including ability to negotiate all business terms, develop SOWs, and draft basic contract language.

  • Knowledge of category sourcing methodology with ability to identify opportunity areas.

  • Proficient in procurement systems, such as eSourcing and eAuction events and tools.

  • Knowledge and experience managing category spend, navigation often disparate systems and accessing data, analysis and insights.

  • Effective in the demonstration of key competencies:

  • Relationship development and management

  • Teamwork and collaboration

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Business acumen

  • Negotiation skills

  • Leadership presence

  • Process management

  • Problem solving

  • Organizational skills

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task

  • Project management skills

  • Track record of effectively directing and leveraging procurement spend in assigned category areas by leading global cross-functional teams.

  • Experience managing and maintaining strong excellent supplier relationships.

  • Ability to apply negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution experience to resolve problems and advance the process.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in Business (or other related degreed program) and/or MBA preferred; or combined equivalent of education and experience considered.

  • Minimum of 5 years of strategic sourcing experience, and 2 years of Category Management experience.

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.