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CenterPoint Energy Category Procurement Lead/Manager in Houston, Texas

Category Procurement Lead/Manager - ELE00587

CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 150 years. Our vision to lead the nation in delivering energy, service and value drives our strategy and performance. We have an unwavering commitment to safely and reliably deliver electricity and natural gas to millions of people.

Inclusion and Diversity

CenterPoint Energy is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where business results are achieved through the skills, abilities and talents of our diverse workforce.

At CenterPoint Energy, individuals are respected for their contributions toward our company objectives. We strive for an inclusive work environment across all levels that is reflective of the available workforce in the communities we serve.

Learn more in the “About Us” section of our career’s web site.

Specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop comprehensive category strategies that align with stakeholder goals and strategies by utilizing market intelligence, demand management, sustainability, supplier diversity and total cost of ownership.

  • Identify and elevate areas of highest risk within the category and leads multi-functional teams to develop actionable risk mitigation strategies.

  • Identify, successfully get support from the appropriate stakeholders, and delivers cost savings projects to meet organizational savings targets.

  • Develop and provide spend analytics, market research and cost modeling for internal purposes and to business unit client in support of category strategies

  • Build strong working relationships with key natural gas utility stakeholders

  • Leverage industry knowledge and technology to establish should cost models, identify opportunities for spend leverage and drive supplier negotiations

  • Actively monitor industry trends and best practices related to category assignments and incorporate them into category and execution plans and present to business unit clients as appropriate.

  • Research and develop a working knowledge of the assigned commodities/services or areas of responsibilities, including how the commodities/services are made, rendered, specification requirements, and how the commodities/services are used by the Company.

  • Work with business unit to formulate and define the scope and objective of purchases to fully understand entire purchase/service requirement and to assess risks.

  • Serves as subject matter expert and formally mentors other Procurement Specialists.

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience required in strategic sourcing with responsibilities for large, complex negotiations and a proven record of achieving bottom-line savings for year-over-year sustainable cost reduction.

  • Strong analytical mindset that translates to operational strategies.

  • Strong Excel skills.


  • SAP

This position can be located at our corporate office in downtown Houston, TX.


This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a), and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

Job Purchasing & Logistics

Primary Location US-TX-Houston-CenterPoint Energy Tower

Organization ELECTRIC T&D SOURCING (10001060)

Job Posting Apr 22, 2021

Posting End Date Ongoing

Req ID: ELE00587