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Colorado Springs Utilities Manager of Procurement in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Manager of Procurement

Job Type: Supervisor/Manager

Pay Range $111,000 to $138,000

Location Colorado Springs, CO

Posting Close Date 10/22/19

Manager of Procurement

Colorado Springs Utilities is seeking a Manager of Procurement to bring strategic sourcing leadership and vision to our organization. In this job, you will report directly to the General Manager of Supply Chain, responsible for leading the creation and execution of complex sourcing strategies and spearheading the optimization of business processes, systems, and tools across the enterprise. You will lead $520m + indirect goods and services spend portfolio across all sourcing categories (e.g., Capital, Construction, Chemicals, Direct Materials, Fleet, IT, Professional Services, Logistics, and Facilities). You will be instrumental in driving the “total cost of ownership” savings and process efficiencies to ensure maximum benefit to our organization.

If you are a procurement leader, skilled in raising the bar on strategic sourcing methodologies, reporting, governance, knowledge management, communication across the business, processes, systems, and tools, we want to hear from you! In this position, you will share and implement sourcing and procurement best practices, working closely with the Supply Chain team on organizational strategy and design while leading the talent and capability development of the team.

What we need you to execute on:

  • Lead the transformation of our procurement function, rolling out and ensuring the ongoing success of a Strategic Sourcing Model exercised across our organization

  • Provide leadership and direction to a team of professionals including, hiring, talent development, driving engagement, and performance management

  • Drive the automation of sourcing and procurement activities utilizing Esourcing tools

  • Mentors and coaches sourcing and procurement associates across the enterprise in the achievement of their goals and objectives

  • Support the team in complex negotiations and critical issues (e.g., disputes that threaten continuity of supply, termination of major suppliers, suppliers causing late delivery of projects, etc.)

  • Ensure effective risk management and control of the supply base through robust contracts and monitoring of financial and other SLAs and KPIs

  • Establish, cultivate, and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to ensure understanding of their needs and to facilitate the appropriate level of challenge

  • Provide market and financial insights and inputs to financial planning and review processes

  • Promote culture of continuous improvement in supplier relationship management methods and deploy best-in-class supplier performance and relationship management programs

  • Provide leadership to cross-functional business partners to maximize and continuously improve “total cost of ownership” for indirect goods and services

  • Drive the identification and execution of revenue-driving efficiencies in line with the business strategy

  • Participate as an active member of the Supply Chain Leadership Team to drive strategy and deploy sourcing and procurement initiatives

What will it take to be successful? Highly qualified candidates will offer a bachelor’s degree in business administration, purchasing, logistics, supply chain management, or related field (MBA preferred), in conjunction with a minimum of ten years procurement management experience. Additional consideration will be given to Certified Professionals in Supply Management (CPSM). Enterprise resource planning (ERP) system experience such as Oracle or SAP is required, as well as advanced knowledge and practice using eSourcing tools.

We are also interested in your accomplishments and experience in the following, so be sure to highlight it on your application and/or resume:

  • Expert in contract writing and negotiating

  • Expertise in developing and implementing a strategic sourcing model, preferably for a municipality or government agency

public procurement

  • Experience leading enterprise-wide change management initiatives

  • Organizational and strategic agility; demonstrating broad knowledge and perspective; ability to change direction quickly to achieve results which are in the best interest of the organization

  • Ability to articulate clear vision, create comprehensive work plans, demonstrate courageous leadership and deliver results

  • Ability to comprehend and interpret financial and regulatory information

  • Technology savvy and well-versed in financial analytics required

  • Skilled negotiator with the ability to influence and manage stakeholders at all levels

  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, including the ability to effectively present and discuss confidential information and respond to questions from leadership

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, confidence, and executive presence — ability to motivate staff

  • Proven ability to develop and implement policies, projects, processes, systems, and controls across the enterprise

  • Ability to exercise influence diplomatically and have a positive impact inside and outside of the organization

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you...

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity to our community.

  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.

  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Colorado Springs Utilities cultivates a work culture dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and synergy. Our employees know they make a difference every day by providing critical services to the public while living and working in a city consistently rated as one of the best in the United States. We utilize today’s talent to build a better tomorrow. Be part of history by creating energy solutions for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date. Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled . Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment. Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region. As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

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Job Type: Supervisor/Manager