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Cleco Category Strategist II in Pineville, Louisiana

Depending on the volume of applications, this position may close to external applicants before the job posting end date expires.

The Category Strategist II owns the category management and strategic sourcing process for assigned categories of goods or services of high complexity and/or critical spend to deliver financial savings. This position develops strategies in assigned categories that will maximize overall value while reducing costs. In addition to defining sourcing strategies, the Category Strategist II negotiates agreements, identifies leveraged sourcing opportunities, analyzes market intelligence, and manages contracts and supplier performance. This role will also work closely with internal stakeholders to identify sourcing opportunities and manage supplier performance.

Key Responsibilities

  • Champions a corporate culture that emphasizes transparency, integrity, safety, environmental responsibility, employee development, diversity and inclusion, customer service, and operational excellence.

  • With minimal guidance, create, execute and communicate the category management strategy and goals for assigned categories, balancing internal requirements, cost and productivity considerations.

  • Gather and analyze internal and external data to drive savings, compliance and gain insight into the category.

  • Achieve target savings through bidding and effective negotiation strategies.

  • Develop and execute contract management plan for respective categories.

  • Lead supplier selection process across multiple categories and internal teams, and create longer term supplier selection strategies for management.

  • Build strong relationships with strategic suppliers and hold them accountable for performance against established scorecards and KPIs.

  • Inform stakeholders of strategic vendors and identify supplier performance issues as well as rogue spend.

  • Collaborate with buyers to execute strategic agreements and support procure-to-pay optimization.

  • Analyze and resolve problems and propose alternative solutions using company guidelines, policies and systems, technical experience, judgments and precedents.


Required Education, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (Supply Chain related preferred)

  • 3-5+ years of related experience

  • Previous experience with a procurement software such as SAP, Ariba or other similar product preferred

  • Step progression levels based on skill proficiency and scope of job

  • Strong business acumen pertaining to the Utility industry

  • Strong knowledge of leading practices for Category Management

  • Strong planning and project management skills

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Willingness and ability to learn new technologies on the job

  • Proficient at functioning effectively within a team environment, present ideas and opinions in a respective and collegial manner

  • Progression to this level is strictly restricted based on critical individual capabilities and business requirements; must be supported by market survey data.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent certification preferred.

Key Competencies


  • Balances stakeholders

  • Builds effective teams

  • Business insight

  • Communicates effectively

  • Courage

  • Demonstrates self-awareness

  • Drives Results

  • Drives Vision and Purpose

  • Ensures Accountability

  • Instills trust

  • Nimble learning

  • Plans and Aligns

  • Safety

  • Strategic mindset


  • Analytical skills

  • Compliance

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through two subsidiaries, Cleco Power and Cleco Cajun. Headquartered in Pineville, Louisiana, and in business since 1935, the company has almost 1,500 employees.

Cleco Power

Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility that owns 10 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,360 megawatts, 1,335 miles of transmission lines and 12,152 miles of distribution lines. Cleco Power uses multiple generating sources and multiple fuels to serve approximately 290,000 customers in 24 of Louisiana's parishes through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Parishes served include Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Catahoula, DeSoto, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Vernon and Washington.

Cleco Cajun

Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns 14 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,379 MWs and wholesale contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.