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CenterPoint Energy IT Senior Procurement Specialist in Houston, Texas

IT Senior Procurement Specialist - COR00522

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As the IT Sr. Procurement Specialist , you will Category Specialist III leads the development and execution of highly complex holistic, enterprise wide category strategies, including strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, rapid sourcing/negotiation and risk management. Develops, implements, and maintains proactive strategies for assigned categories creating spend leverage across CenterPoint Energy’s footprint. The position negotiates work scopes and pricing with vendors and develops contracts using established protocols as defined by the company. Engages all levels of the organization, including senior staff, to develop and execute sourcing strategies. Serves as subject matter resource and formally or informally mentors other Category Specialists.

Specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, implement, and manage strategies and plans to support the Strategic Sourcing process for assigned commodities/services in alignment with the internal client

  • Provide category expertise to internal clients through spend analytics, market research and cost modeling

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensure end user requirements are satisfied, develop change management activities, promote end user adoption, provide training and monitor end user satisfaction and needs.

  • Ensure quality of sure, stable supply of materials/services, monitor the timeliness of the deliveries/performance, and identify patterns.

  • Work with client to formulate and define the scope and objective of purchases.

  • Provide expertise to ensure that Service Level Agreements meet the needs of the end-user client area.

  • Identify and pursue opportunities to lower the total cost of goods and services to enhance total enterprise cost of ownership; provide supply planning and analysis; and conduct supplier performance and relationship management.

  • Acquire and manage procurements; provide appropriate materials, supplies and services for day-to-day requirements, as well as, emergent work, overhauls, projects; and focus on the strategic procurement while conducting complex negotiations under aggressive time demands.

Basic Qualifications:

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

  • Experience with driving value through understanding market dynamics along with a working knowledge of category management principles.

Preferred Experience, Education and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Engineering, Computer Science or other related discipline

Will consider relevant job-related CenterPoint Energy experience for non-degree candidates

Job Location: 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.

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Primary Location US-TX-Houston-CenterPoint Energy Tower

Job Posting Jun 22, 2021

Posting End Date Ongoing

Req ID: COR00522