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Strategic Sourcing Specialist - Indirect

Waltham, Massachusetts

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Every day we deliver safe and secure energy to homes, communities, and businesses. We are there when people need us the most. We connect people to the energy they need for the lives they live. The pace of change in society and our industry is accelerating and our expertise and track record puts us in an unparalleled position to shape the sustainable future of our industry.

To be successful we must anticipate the needs of our customers, reducing the cost of energy delivery today and pioneering the flexible energy systems of tomorrow. This requires us to deliver on our promises and always look for new opportunities to grow, both ourselves and our business.

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Responsibilities

Description
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!

About the Position:

The Strategic Sourcing Specialist is responsible for supporting National Grid’s sourcing activities for Indirect Procurement.Experience should include; category management, supplier relationship management, commercial negotiations, procurement process management and improvement, systems and analytics, market supplier development and a clear, working knowledge of current industry trends.
Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

Category Management:

  • With support of the Category Manager, work with Stakeholders to establish clear business needs, apply forward thinking skills to set long term category strategies
  • Able to execute operationally, complex sourcing activities
  • Manage the delivery of savings targets
  • Mastery of transactional sourcing activities
  • Understands sourcing processes, able to implement more than one option: RFX, e-sourcing or pooling

Supplier Relationship Management:

  • Actively focused on maximizing contract values, tracks and reviews its benefits
  • Encourages and rewards performance by suppliers
  • Holds suppliers to account for delivery using performance data and quarterly business reviews (QBRs)
  • Demonstrates a collaborative approach in delivering business outcomes
  • Understands the broad range of environmental and social sustainability reporting

Commercial Negotiation:

  • Solid understanding of most contract terms and able to craft terms with legal and management support
  • Establishes a negotiation plan with clarity of desired outcomes, leveraging specialist support where appropriate
  • Basic understanding of adversary’s position, desired outcomes, and leverage
  • Able to involve stakeholders in negotiation preparations and events
  • Successful completion of professional negotiation coursework

Procurement Process Management and Improvement:

  • Able to identify the appropriate supplier performance measurements (KPIs)
  • Identify ways to build and improve on existing processes
  • Typically improve process efficiency by 5-10% over a 6-12 month period
  • Obtain Six Sigma Green Belt or PEx equivalent

Systems and Analytics:

  • Demonstrates ability in working with multiple ERP systems: SAP, Oracle, Spend Analytics
  • Understands how to analyze large data sets and extract valuable information
  • Able to build quantitative models and support decision making
  • Evaluate and apply the concept of total cost of ownership (TCO)

Market and Supplier Development;

  • Solid understanding of criteria for alternative country sourcing
  • Able to proactively identify how business needs may be met through alternative country sourcing
  • Basic understanding of supplier landscape, risks, and benefits in 1-2 global markets


Qualifications

Knowledge & Experience Required:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A or B.S.) in supply chain, finance or business management required. C.P. M or equivalent certifications preferred.

Experience:

  • Minimum of five years’ experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and vendor management. Strong working knowledge of SAP, Oracle, Ariba & P2P systems required. 

An equivalent combination of education and extensive subject matter expertise along with procurement process experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education requirements listed above.

The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills, specifically in communications across a multi-national organization. Additionally, the candidate should be proficient in planning, collaboration, and analysis.   

This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. 

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.

Job

:Procurement Operations

Primary Location

:MA-Waltham

Organisation

:Procurement Operations

Schedule

:Full-time

Job Posting

:Aug 9, 2018, 12:24:17 PM

Unposting Date

:Ongoing
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  • Best in class 2017 4017(k) plan sponsor
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