Southern Company Category Manager (Indirect Procurement) in Birmingham, Alabama
Category Manager (Indirect Procurement)
Category Manager (Indirect Procurement)
SCS Supply Chain, Enterprise Services-Category Management
This position is flexible to be located in either Atlanta, GA (GPC Corporate Headquarters) or Birmingham, AL (The Energy Center)
This position works within the Supply Chain Management organization to maximize the value that is delivered using a category management framework. The role collaborates with senior internal stakeholders, supply chain teams, and suppliers to use continuous improvement techniques to improve internal Business Unit and supply chain outcomes. The role ensures Supply Management is perceived as a positive, significant, value-adding partner to the business by providing solutions to business and operational supply chain challenges, improving processes to reduce total costs of ownership, and maintaining a strategic approach to procurement and supply management.
Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, Engineering, Finance or other relevant technical discipline preferred
Education or experience in contracts
Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) is a plus.
Professional Contract Manager (CPCM); or Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM) is a plus
3-5 years of sourcing experience
3-5 years of project management experience is a plus
Preferred: Demonstrated leadership with strategic partnerships
Previous category management experience a plus
Experience working within areas of businesses is a plus (i.e. marketing, finance, HR, fleet, facilities and other indirect spend categories)
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge of supply markets and purchasing principles
Professional written and verbal communication skills
Knowledge of contract terminology
Proven negotiation skills
Excellent project management
Strong skill in use of Microsoft Office
Comprehensive knowledge of SCM
Financial acumen and demonstrated aptitude in analytics
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
This position develops and executes category plans that identify opportunities for operational efficiencies, drive cost savings, manage risk, improve safety, drive innovation, and ensure the continuous development of categories managed.
This position supervises, plans, manages, and assumes complete responsibility for all activities and processes associated with the categories assigned. Developing category profiles; conducting market research to identify new suppliers, to predict stresses on the supply base, and to manage pricing (e.g., index pricing and volume discounts).
Typically manages between $100M - $300M in annual spend
Leads negotiations, oversees all stages of strategic procurement.
Helps facilitate supplier performance measurement and collaborates with key suppliers to identify potential areas for improvement.
Manages and identifies supplier alliance opportunities. Supports internal utility Business Unit's supplier management efforts.
Performs thorough analysis to support the development of category plans, including but not limited to meeting with internal customers to understand their needs, requirements, and plans; determining the impact of joint efforts on supplier KPIs; analyzing historical spend; forecasting future spend based on demand planning; building cost models; calculating total cost of ownership (TCO); creating supplier value.
Works with Business Unit clients to develop and manage tools necessary to track supplier performance (ex: scorecards).
Communicates supplier performance metrics to relevant stakeholders on a regular basis.
Interfaces with all levels of Supply Chain Management and Business Unit clients, including senior management.
Leads and participates in cross-functional teams, including representatives from Business Unit clients, Supplier Diversity, Technology Organization, and/or Legal.
Creates and implements development plans for suppliers who do not meet performance standards and resolves conflict between suppliers and the company.
May supervise and mentor lower level support staff.
Demonstrate Southern Company Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment
Safety focus and a strong personal safety record
Ability to work within a team setting, including the ability to build and motivate a team toward a shared goal
Demonstrated initiative and creativity coupled with a strong customer service focus will be expected
Dedication to an accident free work environment with strict adherence to all safety and compliance requirements
Must lead by example and ensure equity and fairness in interactions with others
Must conduct self in a manner that builds trust and confidence with coworkers, contractors, supervisors, and management
No relocation assistance will be available
If the selected candidate currently resides outside the area they must be willing to relocate at their own expense
Excellent benefits packages which includes:
Medical and dental coverage
Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan
401(k) plan with a generous company match
Please submit an updated resume with your application.
Southern Company (NYSE: SO ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com .
Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.
Job Field: Supply Chain
Job Type: Standard
Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta
Operating Company: Southern Company Services
Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham
Job Type: Standard
Travel (Up to...): No
Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)
241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE
The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)
3535 Colonnade Parkway
Req ID: SCS2009170