New York Power Authority Senior Strategic Buyer (Services) in White Plains, New York


Strategic Buyers play a critical role within the Strategic Supply Management (SSM) department. Reporting directly to one of three Category Managers (Services, Materials, Indirect) this position will support the day to day execution of strategies for category management.


85% - Category Management & Strategic Sourcing

Category Management & Strategic Sourcing

  • Support the Category Manager to create value, drive continuous improvement, and report realized savings to NYPA by using strategic sourcing and category management best practices.

  • Lead development and maintenance of Construction and Facilities services strategies and initiatives in coordination with the Category Manager.

  • Design and execute sourcing events for pertinent category.

  • Perform market analysis to understand supply base and market forces for category.

  • Develop category profile.

  • Execute category governance initiatives and total cost of ownership analysis for category.

  • Analyze demand levers to increase category efficiency.

  • Monitor and track category initiatives.

  • Execute the development and refinement of Category Playbooks for identifying and pursuing savings opportunities for pertinent category.

  • Drive internal compliance with Supply Chain and Procurement policies, procedures, strategies, and guidelines on an ongoing basis.

Contract Management

  • Negotiate with customers and/or contract representatives regarding contractual/legal matters of significance to the organization.

  • Execute corrective action processes and standards to support the remediation of contract terms leakage.

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Manage and maintain strategic supplier relationships and improve supplier performance.

  • Address supplier relationship concerns and issues escalate as necessary.

  • Support Category Manager to coordinate with SRM to drive demand planning by supplier and aggregate.

Procurement Analytics

  • Utilize the Analytics and Compliance COE as a source of information to drive further savings, compliance, and gain insight into the category. Provide accurate and realistic forecasts for the group.

  • Apply analytical and strategic thinking skills to develop category sourcing strategies that are aligned to the Authority’s business objectives and responsive to the internal and external environment.

10% - Support high priority projects that impact SSM function

  • Maintain knowledge of other initiatives / projects in the company that may interact with / affect SSM’s performance and operations and collaborate with necessary stakeholders.

  • Support Category Manager to work across service lines to achieve larger organizational goals.

5% - Support SSM resources

  • Create an effective work environment by developing and demonstrating a strive toward a common vision, developing and communicating of clear objectives, expecting teamwork, recognizing performance, and maintaining open communications.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Highly collaborative team-oriented individual, who has proven ability to build relationships with technical and business resources.

  • Self-starter, ability to work independently in a fast paced environment while delivering solid action-oriented results quickly.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Procurement experience with the proven ability to establish category management capabilities to drive compliance, performance, reduce cost, and reduce risk.

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify, quantify and effectively leverage data to support business decisions.

  • Ability to build strong relationships with key suppliers.

  • Ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance from, others in sensitive situations, without damage to the relationship, both internally and externally.

  • Understanding of Construction and Facilities services.

  • Functional skills using Ariba eSourcing, SAP, and other related systems and solutions – Preferred

  • Strong knowledge of the Power Utility services and equipment categories and/or supply market – Preferred


Leads and coach others through a complex work effort in these areas:

  • Chain Analytics

  • Fact Based Negotiation

  • Strategy Formulation / Implementation

  • Total Cost of Ownership

Makes improvement recommendations based on Knowledge assisting others completing work in:

  • Project Management

  • Change Management

  • Strategic Demand / Supply Planning

  • Business Partner Relationship Management

  • Risk Management

  • Social Economic

  • Supply Chain Performance Management

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Supplier Diversity

  • Supply Chain Technology

  • Supply Chain Sustainability

  • Contract Management

  • Supplier Relationship Management

Ability to explain key concepts associated with following skills (to others):

  • Tactical Sourcing

  • Supply Procurement Transactions Management

Education, Experience and Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Operations, or similar

  • Advanced degree – Preferred

  • Minimum 3 years of leadership/management experience with large and/or complex work efforts

  • Minimum 6 years experience managing services categories, particularly in construction and facilities management

  • Minimum 6 years experience in the Utilities industry – Preferred

  • Minimum 8 years professional experience in Procurement, Finance, Accounting, and Supply Chain Management

Physical Requirements

Office location: White Plains, NY

Travel requirements: <5%

The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer