Southern Company Contracts Agent-Supply Chain Management (Gulfport, MS) in Gulfport, Mississippi
Contracts Agent-Supply Chain Management (Gulfport, MS)
Contract Agent – SCS Enterprise Services
Supply Chain Management Transaction Team
This position will be located in Gulfport, MS
Provide daily contracting and sourcing support for the acquisition of services and materials. Position will also work closely with our category management strategies in support of contracting requirements.
Duties will include the daily support of all sourcing & contracting activities "from cradle to grave", including advising customers on Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) preparation, lead pre-bid meetings, review of offers upon receipt from bidders, cost & price analysis, negotiations, risk assessment, preparing contract documents and agreements; assists in contract administration, incorporation of changes, expediting & follow-up, disposition of claims, and contract closeout.
Duties will require leading sourcing projects and assist in developing and implementing strategic programs for the procurement of Equipment and Services.
Expectations include outstanding oral and written communications with ability to excel in high-level communications with Management at multiple levels.
Develop the sourcing strategy for low to high risk services. A typical agent will support 20-25 active projects continuously with defined turnaround parameters (Target Days) for all contract related documents (RFPs, Master Agreements, Non-Disclosure, Amendments, Statements of Work, etc.) throughout the year.
Manage relationships with the company’s vendors and ensure efficient and transparent contracting and negotiation process to reduce costs, improve commercial terms and reduce duplication of efforts.
Work cross functionally to improve and streamline processes.
Ensure that overall risk is properly controlled and mitigated.
Ability to develop a detailed knowledge of the Southern Company and Operating Company procurement policies/procedures and have the capability to become a Subject Matter Expert (SME).
Expected to build and maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of essential legal provisions, contract common law, contract formation issues, data security issues, remedies, liquidated damages, litigation avoidance, and dispute resolution.
Ensure all required terms and conditions are included in procurement documents and works with legal, risk management and financial services (accounting) to resolve contractor exceptions and issues in a timely manner.
Ability or potential to draft contract language in the form of special conditions for complex, non-standard purchases.
Responsible for identification and evaluation of new sources of supply, domestic and globally, when necessary to meet customer needs, including performing market research and analysis.
Ability to build and maintain a fundamental to proficient knowledge of our contracting systems utilized in daily support.
Conflict Resolution, the ability to engage and fix identified issues.
Maintain the primary interface with contractors in an ethical and respectful manner while protecting the company's interests.
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree required
B.S. in Business, Management, Finance, or Law is preferred
Formal education and/or experience in contract language and law is desired
Experience with negotiating contracts is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Contract law and drafting
Legal and commercial negotiations
Self-motivated and ability to work with minimal supervision
Customer focused with ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal customers, suppliers, contractors and other key stakeholders
Effectively handle tight deadlines, large workloads, and multiple projects with positive enthusiasm
Superior written and oral communication, to successfully negotiate contract terms and write such contracts in a clear, logical and concise manner
Candidate must have the ability and motivation to support multiple projects under tight deadlines.
Candidate must have effective influencing and consensus-building skills
Strategic focus on problem-solving
Excellent organizational skills are required to plan and manage assigned workload and customer expectations effectively to meet internal business unit requirements
Ability to think strategically and apply broad seasoned judgment to decisions
Effective Communications skills
Excellent Customer Service skills
Critical thinking, negotiation and interpersonal skills
Ability to effectively work and participate in cross-functional and cross-company teams at all levels in the organization to ensure buy-in by multiple companies when working on system projects
Must demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Southern Company values of unquestionable trust, superior performance and total commitment
Excellent work ethic
Exhibits an excellent sense of urgency
Practices ethical behavior
Displays creativity, initiative, and flexibility
Learns from and utilizes experience
Position will be located in Gulfport, MS.
Available to travel (occasionally) as needed which may require an overnight stay
Candidate must have a valid driver’s license
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.
Mississippi Power a subsidiary of Southern Company, serves southeast Mississippi. We have a history of customer and community service, economic development leadership, environmental stewardship and employee involvement.
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: Mississippi-Coastal Area-Gulfport
Operating Company: Mississippi Power Company
Job Type: Standard
Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time
Coast Division Office - 2908 28th Street (2908GULFPORT)
2908 28th Street
Req ID: MPC2001987