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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 

  • Facilitation skills 

  • Proven negotiation skills  

  • Excellent project management 

  • Strong skill in use of Microsoft Office 

  • Comprehensive knowledge of SCM 

  • Financial acumen and demonstrated aptitude in analytics


  • 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


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

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 .

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

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2009170

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