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Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist (Energy Solutions)

Waltham, MA
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Description: Description Within National Grid’s Global Procurement organization, the recently established Energy Solutions team is tasked with supporting our New Energy Solutions and National Grid Ventures business units achieve our goal of creating a customer-centric, 21st century utility company. Key spend categories under management include Energy Storage, Renewables (wind/solar), Smart Grid Technologies, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, and Emerging Technology Pilots. Our team culture is empowered, and provides applicants the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects/sourcing events, with end-to-end ownership, and participate in transformational industry change. We are proud of how the New Energy Solutions team partners with our business stakeholders to help deliver these solution, and is seen as the trusted internal business consultants. The Energy Solutions team unlocks value for National Grid’s customers, communities, and shareholders while accelerating progress towards a sustainable energy future. About the Position: The Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist in Energy Solutions is responsible for developing and implementing category strategies for both our regulated business (New Energy Solutions) and un-regulated business(National Grid Ventures) supporting the commercialization of emerging energy technology such as battery storage. Our organization emphasizes creating sustainable value which includes being visible to our stakeholders, accountable for project milestones, understanding the business requirements, negotiating the best value, and executing objectives. The successful candidate is a proven self-starter with strong relationship building skills and is especially adept at influencing without authority. Much of the decision making process requires gathering a consensus across various stakeholder groups, some of whom are external to National Grid. A seasoned project manager or business consultant with a track record for on-time delivery married with an engaging personality will excel in the role.
Additionally the Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist is responsible for managing existing strategic supplier relationships as well as identifying and cultivating new suppliers through market development activities. A forward looking mindset is essential as we look to reduce risk in our supply base. Lastly, the Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist is a change agent with an eye for process improvement. National Grid has embedded performance excellence (PEX) as its ways of working. Experience identifying business/process opportunities and delivering on these suggestions will be an asset to the team.
Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to): Develops and manages data driven category plans on a global level for emerging technologies (e.g. battery storage). Perform baseline spend analysis to identify areas of opportunity for value. Present these opportunities to business stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to constructively influence decisions and collaboratively evolve the status quo, requiring adaptability to act as a leader, a facilitator and a participant. Assist the US business development team in pursuing technology-driven business opportunities, with a primary focus on energy storage. Act as the point person for external relationships with technology vendors and trade associations related to energy storage (e.g. Energy Storage Association). Build and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders. Understands the regulatory environment of the utility industry and the intent behind policies and processes but demonstrate the ability to challenge existing processes and ways of working. Strong commitment to utilize performance excellence (PEX) to drive positive change throughout the organization. Develops and executes negotiation strategy; responsible for driving final contract negotiations and implementation while ensuring appropriate levels of management engagement and approval. Sign contracts up to $1M in value. Lead complex commercial negotiations on contract terms and conditions, procurement is considered the expert in the commercial terms; interface with legal departments on non-commercial contract terms. Act as a liaison between various departments e.g. Legal, Risk Management, Digital Risk & Security, Physical Security, and Brand to ensure that National Grid requirements are incorporated into legal agreements and team is in compliance with internal policies and/or regulatory requirements. Aggregate and analyze bid responses – e.g. total cost of ownership analysis Lead Cross Functional teams on strategic sourcing events and ensure compliance with the Strategic Sourcing Process (SSP) and utilizing Ariba eSourcing (RFPs, RFIs, eAuctions, etc.). Facilitate timely decision making processes using established evaluation criteria’s and hold project stakeholders accountable for timely delivery of project milestones. Leverage relationship and influencing skills to bring about consensus. Create supplier risk profiles and develop contingency plans. Perform market research, supplier outreach, and attend industry events, to cultivate secondary sources of supply to mitigate supply chain risks. Collaborate with our strategic suppliers to develop innovative approaches and methodologies that address present and future program requirements. Actively manage supplier performance through supplier relationship management (SRM), contract key performance indicators (KPIs), and quarterly business reviews (QBRs). Support internal business stakeholders develop specifications, drawings, and statements of work to ensure commercially viable SOWs are delivered to market during tenders. Project trends and visualizes possible and probable futures and their implications (e.g. cost curves, spend forecasting, etc. Ad Hoc – Contract Administration, PO maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Qualifications Knowledge and Experience Required: 8 + years of strategic sourcing or relevant experience (preferred) Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree Preferred) Certifications - APICS or ISM certification [Procurement] Travel – ability to travel 10-25% (domestically & internationally) System Experience – Familiarity with SAP or Ariba eSourcing platform Analytical Skills – Proficiency with Microsoft Excel (Advance Excel skills are a plus) Advanced Negotiation Skills - Leads the negotiation team with suppliers and stakeholders to deliver sustainable 'win-win' outcome Excellent Presentation Skills - Ability to convey complex/technical content in a coherent and compelling story for audiences with varying levels of technology savvy. Matrix Environment - Comfortable working in a matrix organization and effectively engaging with multiple stakeholders at various levels in the organization Relationship Building - Ability to establish relationships within a global business and provide subject-matter expertise and advice relevant to specific business needs Entrepreneur mentality 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 value s a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion t hat 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 : Jan 30, 2018, 3:09:32 PM Unposting Date : Ongoing


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