Xcel Energy Planner Buyer (Associate - Senior) Job in Denver, Colorado

Location(s): CO - Denver

Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.

Position Summary

Collaborates with BU partners during Work Order creation and coordinates materials/services procurement and fulfillment activities. Develops and implements local procurement strategies to achieve cost, schedule and quality goals. Achieves inventory management, scheduling coordination, supplier management, and process improvement objectives. We are looking for an Associate Planner Buyer, Planner Buyer or Senior Planner Buyer to join our team. This position can be filled in the Denver Metro Area at a Powerplant or a Service Center.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Requisitions: Analyzes medium-dollar materials/services requisitions to determine if fulfillment is needed through Sourcing department. If not, processes requisitions in ERP system in alignment with established procedures. Utilizes master agreements and ensures material/service fulfillment aligns with category strategy.

  • Bidding/Award Process: Manages RFX bid packages for regional category buys and small projects leads bid evaluation, analysis, and supplier selection. Identifies tail spend opportunities with the category manager and develops master agreements with key suppliers in line with category strategy. Analyzes and interprets statistical data.

  • Contracting: Partners with BU in contract creation, review, analysis, administration, supplier compliance and performance tracking. Represents company’s interests with suppliers/contractors during terms and conditions negotiations. Advises business in problem solving, resolves or escalates issues to Category Manager, and escalates legal exceptions to General Counsel.

  • Business Partner Relationships: Develops relationships with BU partners to ensure understanding of risk strategy used for materials, equipment, services. Ensures supply needs and field location questions are met. Facilitates communication between suppliers, BU partners, other SC staff, and management. Collaborates with suppliers to mitigate construction crews’ risk for late materials. Manages logistics of job site deliveries, lay down yards crews, and off-loading activities. Basic understanding of use, form, fit, and function of materials. Train BU partners on SC management processes as needed.

  • Supplier Relationships: Develops supplier relationships and provides timely response to questions. Utilizes reporting tools and analysis to support material delivery, disposition, and returns. Monitors supplier activities and collaborates with category manager to improve the supplier relationship. May contribute to formal supplier performance meetings and lead continuous improvement efforts.

  • Sourcing Strategy & Practice: Discusses sourcing strategy with cross-functional BU, and category teams. Uses sourcing best practices to effectively conduct assignments. Ensures adherence to sourcing policies, procedures, and maintenance of documentation and records. Drives demand to existing master agreements when possible.

  • Material/Delivery Management: Partners with logistics staff and ensures efficient use of inventory and critical direct ship items. Monitors status of material orders and service contracts, and expedites deliveries to meet schedule commitments.

Minimum Requirements Associate Planner Buyer

  • Bachelor’s degree in SC Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business, Finance or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Pursue Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent.

  • Excellent problem solving, organizational, teamwork, and communication skills.

  • Up to 10% local travel.

Preferred Requirements Associate Planner Buyer

  • 1+ year of SC or related experience

  • Experience in plant or utility field operations, finance or business administration

  • Basic contract knowledge, negotiation and project management skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ERP systems

  • SAP Experience

  • ISM Certification

Minimum Requirements Planner Buyer

  • Bachelor’s degree in SC Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business, Finance or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • 3+ years of purchasing, logistics, or experience in plant/utility field operations

  • Pursue Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent and Certified Manager of Investment Recovery (CMIR) if involved with investment recovery

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills and collaboration focused

  • Up to 10% local travel

Preferred Requirements Planner Buyer

  • Basic contract knowledge, negotiation and project management skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ERP systems

  • SAP Experience

  • ISM Certification

Minimum Requirements Senior Planner Buyer

  • Bachelor’s degree in SC Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business, Finance or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • 5+ years of purchasing, logistics, or plant/utility field operations experience.

  • Pursue Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent and Certified Manager of Investment Recovery (CMIR) if involved with investment recovery.

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills and collaboration focused.

  • Up to 10% domestic travel.

Preferred Requirements Senior Planner Buyer

  • Expert contract knowledge, negotiation and project management skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ERP systems

  • SAP Experience

  • ISM Certification

The successful candidate will be placed within our hierarchy commensurate with skills and experience.


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.

Posting Notes: CO - Denver || CO - Denver || United States (US) || Operations || 42830:Dir SC Purchasing || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 9865

Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

Individuals with a disability who need an accommodation to apply please contact us at recruiting@xcelenergy.com