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Alliant Energy Category Manager- IT - Hybrid in Madison, Wisconsin

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what’s next in energy. When our employees say “I am energy,” it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We reward our highly hardworking and dedicated teams and give them the support they need to ensure their safety, wellness and financial security for themselves and their families.

If you enjoy challenges, have strong communication skills and are passionate about the work you do we invite you to consider Alliant Energy.

What sets us apart?

  • Alliant Energy offers a full compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Employer Cash Contribution, Long and Short-Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

  • ​Year after year, Alliant Energy is recognized by major publications and foundations as a top employer and leader in the areas of equity and sustainability. This includes Newsweek’s list of Most Responsible Companies, Forbes list of Best Midsize Employers , a perfect Corporate Equality Index Score as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and being named to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index.

  • Our employees make a difference through their work and personal activities. In 2021, employees, retirees and our charitable foundation collectively contributed $11.5 million and volunteered over 75,000 hours.

Alliant Energy has a great opportunity for a Category Manager - IT, to join our team and support the Supply chain relationship by supporting our IT Department. Integrating internal IT Department initiatives, strategy, and business direction with a focus on cultivating strategic partnerships with suppliers to add new value for the company by advancing IT objectives. Works seamlessly with contract management and business performance teams to work on renewals and existing agreements in the IT portfolio successfully. This position offers a blend of working from home, and in the Cedar Rapids, IA or Madison, WI office.

Alliant Energy will not provide sponsorship for an employment visa (e.g., H-1B visa) now or in the future for this position.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead supply chain strategies, supplier relationship and resource management functions.

  • Support our IT department and evaluate new and existing suppliers as well as their software and hardware to create synergy across the IT Department.

  • Develop strategic category management plans to implement value creation both through negotiating cost savings (via improved supplier selection and management, as well as process efficiencies) and increasing top-line growth.

  • Work on cross-functional teams to effectively engage key stakeholders to best advance supply chain initiatives that support the company’s strategic objectives. Facilitates QBRs and annual business review meetings with Key IT suppliers.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Graduate or equivalent.

  • 5 years of related experience in category management, purchasing or supply chain.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree emphasis in Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Purchasing, or Supply Chain.

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), (CTE), or Certified in Production and Inventory.

  • Management (CPIM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation.

  • Experience in Telecom negotiations and contracting

  • Experience in IT Hardware purchasing, both on-premises and virtual in the Cloud

  • Experience in IT Software purchasing, either on-premises or as a SaaS (Cloud)

We are seeking. ..

  • Demonstrated cross-functional teamwork and project management experience, including the ability to track and report project status from start to finish.

  • Persuasive communication skills (oral and written), with an ability to communicate to senior IT executives.

  • Strong customer service focus with the ability to build credibility with internal customers and external suppliers.

  • Ability to guide collaborative projects with suppliers to deliver value, efficiencies and/or improvements in safety and quality.

  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

  • Experience handling multiple high-profile projects simultaneously and ability to take ownership of assigned projects.

  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency using evolving technological tools to streamline daily tasks and communications.

  • Ability to work in a diverse work environment


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Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check.


The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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