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Category Manager

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Date: Aug 5, 2019

Location: San Antonio, TX, US, 78205

Company: CPS Energy

We are engineers, high line workers, power plant managers, accountants, electricians, project coordinators, risk analysts, customer service operators, community representatives, safety and security specialists, communicators, human resources partners, information technology technicians and much, much more. We are 3,300 people committed to enhancing the lives of the communities we serve.  Together, we are powering the growth and success of our community progress every day!


Exciting opportunity to lead procurement planning and contract development efforts for key business areas!

The 12-month service requirement for CPS Energy employees has been waived for this role. Those interested may apply regardless of time in service with CPS Energy.


Paygrade: 15

Deadline to apply: Open until Filled 

Position Summary

The Category Manager will be responsible for ensuring consistent management of all assigned sourcing events and contract development efforts for an assigned set of business units. This generally includes procurement planning with all assigned business units, execution and oversight of the contract development process, development of specific standards and documentation for solicitations, contract negotiations and document management. The category manager’s role in the contract development process requires close collaboration with various departments, including legal, finance, risk, safety, environmental, information technology, security, and all directly assigned business units.

Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Coordinates & administers new & existing materials &/or services contracts
  • Analyzes & documents contract development, negotiations, & execution trends so that continuous improvement of contract structure & spend is facilitated
  • Liaise regularly with assigned business units and facilitate meetings with key contract stakeholders to properly scope new contracts, determine strategic contracting opportunities, and develop procurement documents with each assigned business unit
  • Build strong relationships with customers and ensure customer satisfaction
  • Implement category and commodity strategies to optimize business efficiency and leverage economies of scale
  • Execute elements of the overall operations category strategy and acquisition planning to ensure service delivery improvements
  • Provide supplier reconnaissance and supplier relationship management within assigned categories
  • Develop and maintain expert knowledge of respective supply markets, competitors and product innovations
  • Perform procurement reporting and analysis of management information to identify potential improvement opportunities
  • Identify innovative procurement solutions that provide financial savings and process efficiencies for the organization
  • Address vendor issues to ensure the highest level of service delivery
  • Facilitate implementation of procurement change initiatives within assigned categories to improve business performance
  • Facilitate development of contractual documents (statements of work, solicitation documents, evaluation matrices, and forms) with internal customers
  • Develop & continuously improve work processes & efficiencies, as well as provide management support & interface with management at all levels, including executives
  • Maintain status, priority, and development history for all purchase requisitions for each assigned business unit and share the information regularly with key stakeholders
  • Support all bid and proposal evaluations along with the business unit stakeholder/s and the assigned Procurement Analyst for all contracts in each assigned business unit
  • Identify opportunities to combine contracts with multiple business units that improve procurement and contract management efficiencies
  • Use appropriate interpersonal skills & communication methods to build constructive relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, business units, & other stakeholders to meet shared goals & objectives
  • Collaborate with internal customers (including Legal, Finance, Risk Management, Safety & Security, Environmental Operations, Information Technology, Business Customers, etc.) in developing the necessary contracts & negotiating key terms and conditions
  • Assess the cost and risks of various contract provisions as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum Skills
Minimum Knowledge and Abilities
Highest level subject matter / technical expert and may include limited supervisory responsibilities
Exceptionally strong analytical and problem solving abilities
Demonstrated ability to multi-task various critical work assignments proactively and independently in a fast paced environment and in a professional manner.
Ability to offer alternative solutions for decision making and recommends optimal choice(s) in support of organizational goals/objectives
Initiative to work independently or as a member of a team, coordinating with others to achieve desired results
Demonstrated well-developed written and verbal communications skills for interaction within the section, across departmental lines to all levels of personnel, and vertically with management.
Ability to meet goals and objectives with minimal direct supervision
Demonstrated positive interpersonal behaviors toward CPS Energy, associates, and customers consistent with company core values.
Possesses and applies comprehensive knowledge of a particular field of specialization to complete complex assignments.
Ability to make independent decisions and often makes recommendations
High level of accuracy of work and attention to detail, to include the ability to perform precise mathematical calculations
Ability to work with minimum supervision, conferring with management on unusual matters
Ability to work in a team environment, coordinating with other areas to achieve goals and objectives.
Ability to work in a variety of locations such as the field, construction centers and the main office
Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters’ degree.
  • Extensive experience with financial and operational analytical support.
  • Extensive experience with administration of applications.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Proficient in SAP and Microsoft Project.
  • Relative experience in supporting utility construction and maintenance.
Driving Projects to Completion
Prioritizing and Organizing Work
Managing Time
Developing Plans
Demonstrating Initiative
Delegating Responsibility
Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics or related field from an accredited university or significant experience in a Procurement, Contract Management, or Contract Development role
Required Certifications
Working Environment
Work is performed indoors & outdoors. Manual dexterity, talking, hearing, and repetitive motion. Use of computing equipment, telephone, & printer/copier. Ability to travel to and from business related events. After hours work may be required
Physical Demands
Office Environment

CPS Energy does not discriminate against applicants or employees. CPS Energy is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfers and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, veteran status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or any other protected status. CPS Energy will comply with all laws and regulations.

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