National Grid Senior Planner, Project Planning in Waltham, Massachusetts
At National Grid we are committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to the customers and communities we serve. We are one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We are proud of the contributions our work and our people make to the prosperity and wellbeing of our customers, communities and investors.
We are currently looking for highly motivated individuals who want to join a dynamic and fast paced organization going through a major transformation. If you are someone who’s looking to bring innovation, contribute ideas and play a part in renewing the global procurement organization we want to hear from you!
The Planning, Process & Systems Specialist will join the Strategy & Planning team within National Grid’s Global Procurement organization, supporting and coordinating the management of business planning, performance improvement and measurement, and executive level performance reporting for both our US & UK regions. Our team works collectively to deliver a high-quality work product, always seeking to find improvements and efficiencies both within our team initiatives and for our stakeholders. It is a highly analytical process-oriented team, diverse in background, education, and geography.
The Planning Process & Systems Improvement Specialist will collaborate with multiple regional and global teams in Global Procurement and occasionally with cross-functional teams within National Grid.
The right candidate will have strong process, analytical, and project management skills, and have the ability to prioritize and balance multiple assignments simultaneously. A high degree of proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, data visualization, and database tools are required. The ability to build good relationships with all levels of stakeholders is key. Procurement/Supply Chain background and a strong financial acumen is desirable.
Process Improvement/Change Management:
Identify and propose process and/or system improvement opportunities
Design process roadmaps to drive achievement of future strategic performance aspirations of the Global Procurement organization
Lead initiatives to drive efficiencies and improvements, establish measurable success criteria, and build success measurement and reporting capabilities for executive leadership
Prepare detailed plans to track workplan performance and assure timely completion and achievement of project deliverables
Analyze, assess, and align existing processes/tools with change requirements both internal and external to Global Procurement
Develop and deliver communication and change management updates for broad audience
Identify, manage, and communicate risks and issues that impact project progress
System Process Development:
Develop and deploy user training and provide ongoing support
Enable and drive integrity of data and efficiency in systems and reporting
Support assurance of resiliency in our systems and processes
Analyze complex data sets and provide insightful and meaningful summaries to drive strategic decisions
Perform deep dive analysis of data for root cause analysis and problem resolution
Evaluate and summarize data into quantifiable measurements/KPIs with corresponding trending and reporting
BS in Business Analytics, Information Mgt., Business Engineering (or comparable)
Skilled in the use of Excel, data analytics tools
Data Visualization tools
Relational database management
3+ years of practical experience
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Highly analytical with the ability to draw conclusions using disparate sources of data
Strong team and partnering skills
Ability to bring creative and innovative ideas and deliver solutions
Ability to create clear, concise communications
Process improvement experience
Experience translating long-term strategies into operating plans
Experience in Tableau, Power BI, or equivalent data visualization tools
Lean Six Sigma certification (desirable)
Relational data base/statistical knowledge (e.g., SQL, Python, R Studio/R Programming)
Power BI (Tableau desirable)
Workflow automations tools (e.g., Alteryx preferred)
SAP/Ariba Knowledge (desirable)
This position has a career path which provides for promotional opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.