Troops to Energy Jobs

Job Information

New York Power Authority Temp Strategic Buyer in White Plains, New York


The Strategic Buyer position is a full-time NYPA temp role and is expected to last for approximately one year so the selected candidate would be eligible to participate in our temp benefits program. Full-time temporary employees that are expected to work at least six months are eligible for medical benefits, and are eligible to participate in our retirement plans, along with a 457 Deferred Compensation plan, and the employee assistance program.

The New York Power Authority is reimagining the role of the public utility and helping our customers take full advantage of the new electricity offerings. If you’re passionate about the customer experience and want to be part of our journey toward becoming the first end-to-end digital utility in the country, we want to hear from you. Learn more about us, our clean energy technologies and the trendsetting work we’re doing for New York State on our website.

The Strategic Buyer I (Construction & Outage) position plays a critical role within the Strategic Supply Management (SSM) department. Reporting directly to the Category Manager of Construction & Outage Services, this position will support the day-to-day development and execution of category management strategies and the corresponding procurement plans to maintain strategic supplier relationships. Critical to success in this position is for the candidate to have a strong technical background and experience necessary to effectively engage and collaborate with the engineering, project management, operations teams, and other key partners. A construction category management background is preferred.


90% - Category Management & Strategic Sourcing

  • Category Management & Strategic Sourcing
  1. Assist the Category Manager to create value, drive continuous improvement, and report realized savings to NYPA by using strategic sourcing and category management best practices.

  2. Support development and maintenance of category strategies and initiatives in coordination with the responsible Category Manager.

  3. Coordinate sourcing events for pertinent category(request for Qualification and Proposals).

  4. Assist in market analysis to understand supply base and market forces for category.

  5. Support development of category profile.

  6. Assist in category governance initiatives and total cost of ownership analysis for category.

  7. Analyze demand levers to increase category efficiency.

  8. Monitor and track category initiatives.

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

  10. Responsible for administrating and managing contracts (i.e.Purchase Order Release, Change Orers, etc) and other procurement transactional support.

  • Contract Management
  1. Support negotiations with customers and/or contract representatives regarding contractual/legal matters of significance to the organization.

  2. Assist corrective action processes and standards to support the remediation of contract terms leakage.

  • Supplier Relationship Management
  1. Maintain strategic supplier relationships and improve supplier performance.

  2. Address supplier relationship concerns and issues escalate as necessary.

  • Procurement Analytics
  1. 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.

  2. 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
  1. Maintain knowledge of other initiatives / projects in the company that may interact with / affect SSM’s performance and operations and collaborate with necessary stakeholders.

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.

  • 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 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 is preferred.

  • Functional skills using Ariba eSourcing, SAP, and other related systems and solutions is preferred.

  • Knowledge of the Power Utility services and equipment categories and/or supply market is prreferred.


  • Makes improvement recommendations based on Knowledge assisting others completing work in:
  1. Chain Analytics

  2. Total Cost of Ownership

  3. Contract Management

  4. Business Partner Relationship Management

  5. Supplier Diversity

  6. Fact Based Negotiation

  7. Strategy Formulation / Implementation

  8. Supply Chain Technology

  • Ability to explain key concepts associated with following skills (to others):
  1. Project Management

  2. Tactical Sourcing

  3. Change Management

  4. Strategic Demand / Supply Planning

  5. Supplier Relationship Management

  6. Risk Management

  7. Supply Chain Performance Management

  8. Social Economic

  9. Supply Regulatory Compliance

  10. Procurement Transactions Management

  11. Supply Chain Sustainability

Education, Experience and Certifications

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

  • Advanced degree preferred

  • Minimum 2 years of project team experience with large and/or complex work efforts or initiatives preferred.

  • Minimum 2 years experience in the Utilities industry preferred.

  • Minimum 4 years professional experience in Procurement, Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain Management or related functional area.

  • CPM credential preferred.

  • Working knowledge of sourcing and financial software (i.e SAP, Ariba, Oracle, etc.)

Physical Requirements

Office location: White Plains, NY

Travel requirements: <5%

Military Occupational Speciality Codes

MOS - Army: [[custMOSArmy]]

MOS - Marines: [[custMOSMarines]]

MOS - Navy : [[custMOSNavy]]

The New York Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer