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Arizona Public Service Procurement Specialist I / II | Deer Valley Procurement in PHOENIX, Arizona

Procurement Specialist I / II | Deer Valley Procurement

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Date: May 1, 2024

Location: PHOENIX, AZ, US, 85021-1808

Company: APS

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Procurement Specialist I / II | Deer Valley Procurement - Join our dynamic team as a Supply Chain Procurement Specialist where you'll be at the heart of our operations, responsible for acquiring essential supplies.

What your day would be like:

You are responsible for:

  • Forging relationships with key suppliers, skillfully negotiating purchasing agreements, and ensuring that materials and products consistently meet our business unit's high standards.

  • Implement strategic supply chain category strategies to meet cost management, inventory management, and supplier diversity goals.

  • Foster strong partnerships with Business Units to deliver exceptional customer service.

  • Efficiently execute the Procure-to-Pay (P2P) process, emphasizing cost-effectiveness and continuous process improvement to enhance customer satisfaction.

    If you're ready to make an impact and thrive in a fast-paced environment, we invite you to apply and become an integral part of our team.

    *Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.

Minimum Requirements

Procurement Specialist I | Deer Valley Procurement

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain or other job-related discipline from an accredited college or university

  • PLUS two (2) years experience in materials or services positions.

  • In lieu of bachelor's degree, six (6) years of significant, closely related materials/services/supply chain experience required.

    Procurement Specialist II | Deer Valley Procurement

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply Chain or other job-related discipline from an accredited college or university

  • PLUS three (3) years of procurement experience in materials or services positions.

  • In lieu of bachelor's degree, seven (7) years of procurement experience in materials or services positions required

    Preferred Special Skills, Knowledge or Qualifications

  • Exposure to strategic supply chain management. Experience using Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems.

  • Strong analytical, verbal and written communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.

Major Accountabilities

1) Serves as primary contact with Business Unit partners and suppliers/contractors/subcontractors to ensure a continuous flow of quality materials/services/labor to meet or exceed service levels at the lowest total cost.

2) Owns tracking of inbound/outbound shipments to ensure they are complete, correct and on-time. Develops strategies for inventory optimization. Manages stock planning parameters to appropriately predict future inventory needs and produce plans for buying. Utilizes MRP system for determining necessary resources (goods and services) to meet Business Unit schedules. Collaborates with Inventory Management and warehouse supervisors to identify and resolve inventory discrepancies, as necessary.

3) Executes P2P process for goods and services in an efficient and cost-effective manner to maximize value. Coordinates supply chain processes to achieve expected results. Monitors and measures performance, evaluates effectiveness, and communicates results.

4) Executes RFx (request for information, request for proposal, request for quote, request for bid) process utilizing technology and other resources to source innovative suppliers to ensure appropriate, proactive response. Leads the evaluation, negotiation and contracting of long-term contracts including key performance indicators (KPIs) up to $5M in spend with autonomous decision making with appropriate Business Unit partners.

5) Develops and manages contracts and agreements incorporating appropriate performance and results expectations and resolves contract issues. This includes standalone agreements and forms of orders. Reads and understands statements of work (SOW) to ensure SOW documentation meets all APS compliance requirements. Exercises independent judgment and discretion when researching, vetting and selecting vendors; negotiating with vendors on pricing and making recommendations to management.

6) Manages multiple internal and external stakeholders to influence key aspects of projects, budgets and orders including accelerating their overall progression. Acts as the procurement contact to Business unit on both routine and significant processes/concerns related to Procurement and Materials Management to achieve a necessary result.

7) Develops, plans and leads negotiations with suppliers that include pricing along with contract terms and conditions on low complex orders. Involves stakeholders to ensure the business partner's project plan is adhered to. Builds strong working relationships with suppliers by negotiating expedited dates and prices, managing invoice discrepancies and adherence to contracts, and working through change orders.

8) Measures, analyzes and manages the performance of suppliers/contractors to reduce costs, mitigate risk and drive continuous improvement to meet APS business requirements. Co-develops effective S.M.A.R.T. key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to drive the performance of both APS Business Unit and supplier/contractor.

9) Understands supplier markets and utilizes supply chain forums to proactively address Business Unit challenges. Utilizes analytical software tools to execute and/or support data-driven decisions.

10) Participates with category managers and senior procurement staff to develop and implement strategies for categories to achieve targeted supply chain results for cost management, supplier management including supplier diversity and process improvements.

Export Compliance / EEO Statement

This position may require access to and/or use of information subject to control under the Department of Energy's Part 810 Regulations (10 CFR Part 810), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730 through 774), or the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter M Part 120) (collectively, 'U.S. Export Control Laws'). Therefore, some positions may require applicants to be a U.S. person, which is defined as a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), a Political Asylee, or a Refugee under the U.S. Export Control Laws. All applicants will be required to confirm their U.S. person or non-US person status. All information collected in this regard will only be used to ensure compliance with U.S. Export Control Laws, and will be used in full compliance with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin and other factors. For positions at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Stations (PVNGS) all openings will require applicants to be a U.S. person.

Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates ('Pinnacle West') maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, recruiting, hiring, promoting, compensating, reassigning, demoting, transferring, laying off, recalling, terminating employment, and training for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, disability, age, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other classification or characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to EEO is the Law poster. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of every person hired to work in the United States, refer to E-Verify poster. View the employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Arizona Public Service is a smoke free workplace.

Flex Role:

This position is not required to be performed at a specific APS facility as long as adequate technology and a solid ergonomic set up are present. Pending agreement with leadership, employees hired into this role will be able to choose where they prefer to perform their work. Employees will have two options to choose from:

  • APS office based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from an APS facility.

  • Home based: The employee prefers to work most of the time from his/her home.

    *Employees in Flex roles are required to reside in Arizona (or NM for Four Corners-based employees). Role types are subject to change based on business need.