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CenterPoint Energy Lead Optimization & Compliance Analyst in Houston, Texas

Lead Optimization & Compliance Analyst - PML00500

CenterPoint Energy is looking for a Lead Optimization & Compliance Analyst to join our Procurement team, located in Houston, TX .

We want you to know

CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. Our vision to lead the nation in delivering energy, service and value drives our strategy and performance. We have an unwavering commitment to safely and reliably deliver electricity and natural gas to millions of people.

Diversity and Inclusion

CenterPoint Energy is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where business results are achieved through the skills, abilities and talents of our diverse workforce.

At CenterPoint Energy, individuals are respected for their contributions toward our company objectives. We strive for an inclusive work environment across all levels that is reflective of the available workforce in the communities we serve.

What we bring to you

  • Competitive Pay

  • Paid Training

  • Benefits eligibility begins on your first day

  • Metro and parking discounts

  • Flexible work schedule, paid holidays, and paid time off

  • Access to discounts at fitness clubs and an on-site wellness center at our headquarters in Houston

  • Professional growth and development programs including tuition reimbursement

  • 401(k) Savings Plan featuring a company match dollar-for-dollar up to 6% and a company contribution of 3% regardless of your contribution with immediate 100% vesting.

As a Lead Optimization & Compliance Analyst, you will be responsible for supporting the PM&L organization to identify and drive efficiencies, value and consistency in processes. In this lead role, the successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring and enhancing a governance framework for policies, processes, and business practices to support commercial and operational objectives; overseeing SOX and other compliance activities; periodically updating and training coworkers on policies and procedures, and building on our analytics, reporting and KPI dashboard efforts. Working in collaboration with all PM&L departments, responsibilities will also include building and strengthening their own technical and soft skills as well as other PM&L team members.

To be successful in this role you will:

Governance and Compliance - Lead the execution of standards, controls, policies, procedures and performance metrics to effectively and efficiently manage spend & assets across the company.

  • SOX/CIP Compliance

  • Perform and oversea execution of SOX activities as Control Owner or Control Tester

  • Provide guidance and support for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) standards in accordance with CIP-013 Requirement R1

  • Support company SOX compliance with identifying, designing, and/or reviewing controls

  • Policy Development and Compliance

  • Review and update as necessary PM&L policies, procedures and programs with a focus on their ability to enhance organizational value and efficiency

  • Drives the standardization of processes and the implementation of metrics and best practices and assists in setting annual operational targets and help drive improvements to achieve those targets

  • Provides superior customer service to all company personnel to reinforce policy compliance

  • Supplier Relationship Management Program

  • Partner with internal stakeholders, to develop and implement a supplier relationship management program

  • Establish clear role SRM definitions for internal stakeholders (procurement and business owners) and tiering methodology for vendors

  • Support SRM business review meetings with internal stakeholders and key vendors through aiding in collection of data needs including but not limited to value realization, contractual agreements, supplier performance & capabilities metrics, and improvement opportunities.

  • Vendor Risk Management and Audits

  • Lead and oversea the annual evaluation of third-party risk criteria.

  • Perform periodic vendor risk assessments for key suppliers.

  • Collaborate with risk category owners to drive results in vendor risk assessment outcomes.

Continuous Improvement

  • Responsible for leading a variety of Supply Chain Management continuous improvement projects. These projects include, but are not limited to cost reduction initiatives, inventory optimization, and system implementations/upgrades/patches.

  • Identify and enhance process efficiency: Assess supply chain processes for opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness and formulate strategies to eliminate waste.

  • Create, maintain and develop strong working relationships with PM&L team members to support cost savings, quality, and delivery targets are met.

  • Facilitate continuous improvement strategy creation and deployment across PM&L as well as with strategic suppliers.

  • Implement best practices in PM&L management to support commercial and operational objectives.

Analytics and Reporting

  • Provide PM&L Management with value added reporting, scorecards, and detailed analysis.

  • Automate manual reporting activities by utilizing visualization tools (PowerBI, Tableau).

  • Conduct market research and data analysis to support Procurement Category Management strategies

  • Ability to work with large data sets to perform empirical analysis

Your background includes:


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


  • Requires minimum of 7 years of experience in procurement, warehouse, materials management, audit, finance, business process re-engineering and/or compliance-based roles.

  • Analytics experience related to evaluation and optimization of business processes

  • Experience in delivering enterprise and organizational cost improvement / transformation strategies / business process re-engineering

  • Proven track record of leading projects and strategic initiatives

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a), and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

Job Accounting & Finance - Financial Analysis

Primary Location US-TX-Houston-CenterPoint Energy Tower

Job Posting Dec 30, 2021

Posting End Date Jan 27, 2022

Req ID: PML00500