New York Power Authority Director Category Management (Indirect Spend) in White Plains, New York


The Director Category Management is a critical role within the Strategic Supply Management (SSM) department. Reporting directly to the Senior Director Category Management, this position will assist the development of strategies for category management and directly facilitate their execution. This position will focus NYPA procurement in a strategic and goal oriented manner by developing and managing a team of Category Managers and Buyers.


  • Support the Senior Director of Category Management to create value, drive continuous improvement, and report realized savings to NYPA by using strategic sourcing and category management best practices.

  • On an annual and ongoing basis, create, execute, and communicate the category management strategy for pertinent categories to leverage NYPA’s purchasing power, improve processes and systems and better manage usage to improve the overall value of purchases goods and services to the Authority and to align to internal business partners’ requirements.

  • Oversee the development and maintenance of strategies and initiatives for Professional Services and Human Resources, and Technology in coordination with category managers including market intelligence and demand planning.

  • Develop and refine Category Playbooks for identifying and pursuing savings opportunities for pertinent categories.

  • Lead, direct, and manage the sourcing and category management activities for Professional Services and Human Resources, and Technology within NYPA’s Supply Chain organization.

  • Perform regular and extensive financial reviews to assess category financial performance with Category Managers.

  • Remain up to date with industry best-practices through active participation in external associations.

  • Reinforce the use of NYPA’s Ariba eSourcing tools and other procurement technology.

  • Develop, deepen and maintain trusted and collaborative relationships with business partners and stakeholders to ensure SSM is seen as a valued partner and appropriately involved in business decisions. Also work with business partners and the leaders of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) and Contract Management to set and monitor improvement programs for the suppliers in terms of quality, cost and delivery.

  • Collaborate with Contract Management to develop the ongoing contract management plan for the respective categories along with Supplier Relationship Management to support the development of a strong SRM program.

  • Strategize corrective action processes and standards to support the remediation of contract terms leakage.

  • Oversee the management of the function to maintain strategic vendor relationships and improve vendor performance.

  • Coordinate with SRM to drive demand planning by vendor and aggregate.

  • Utilize the Analytics and Compliance COE as a source of information to drive further savings, compliance, and gain insight into the category. Provide accurate and realistic forecasts for the group.

  • Apply analytical and strategic thinking skills to develop category sourcing strategies that are aligned to the Authority’s business objectives and responsive to the internal and external environment.

  • Collaborate with Transactional Procurement on buying channel strategy and support procure-to-pay optimization.

  • Collaborate with HR on the planning, attraction, selection, retention, and development of staff to ensure the availability of the required procurement management and professional talent.

  • Create an effective work environment by developing and demonstrating a strive toward a common vision, developing and communicating of clear objectives, expecting teamwork, recognizing performance, and maintaining open communications.

  • Maintain knowledge of and coordinate with other initiatives / projects in the company that may interact with / affect SSM's performance and operations and collaborate with necessary stakeholders.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Highly collaborative team-oriented individual, who has proven ability to build relationships with technical and business resources.

  • Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to lead and execute strategic business initiatives and provide strategic planning.

  • Breadth and depth of knowledge of supply chain management concepts in procurement, receiving, supplier relationship management, and category management and ability to demonstrate mastery in several of these areas.

  • Breadth and depth of knowledge of social economics, accounting principles, the concept of total cost of ownership (TCO), cost management and process improvement, and ability to demonstrate mastery in several of these areas.

  • Deep procurement experience with the proven ability to establish category management capabilities to drive compliance, performance, reduce cost, and reduce risk.

  • Strong understanding of beneficial uses of data. Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify, quantify and effectively solve business risks.

  • Experience in training and developing key resources.

  • Proven experience implementing policies and procedures – Preferred

  • Expertise in Professional Services and Human Resources and/or Technology, including but not limited to; enterprise IT systems and architecture, database and server management, and contingent labor.

  • Strong knowledge of the Power Utility services and equipment categories and/or supply market – Preferred

  • Leads and directs complex work bringing cross-industry best practices and new methods. Recognized as an accomplished thought leader in:

  • Business Partner Relationship Management

  • Strategy Formulation / Implementation

  • Total Cost of Ownership

  • Strategic Demand / Supply Planning

  • Leads and coach others through a complex work effort in these areas:

  • Project Management

  • Change Management

  • Risk Management

  • Social Economic

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Fact Based Negotiation

  • Contact Management

  • Supplier Relationship Management

  • Supply Chain Performance Management

  • Supplier Diversity

  • Supply Chain Sustainability

  • Makes improvement recommendations based on Knowledge assisting others completing work in:

  • Tactical Sourcing

  • Supply Chain Analytics

  • Procurement Transactions Management

  • Supply Chain Technology

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Operations, or similar.

  • Advanced degree – Preferred

  • CPM/CPSM, CSCP or equivalent certification – Preferred

  • 7+ years of leadership/management experience in a procurement organization.

  • 5+ years experience managing Professional Services and Human Resources, and/or Technology - Preferred

  • 3+ years experience in the Utilities industry – Preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Office location: White Plains, NY

  • Travel requirements: <25%, may travel among sites from time to time, and potentially attend the more critical meetings that may take place at supplier locations.

The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer