Category Specialist - Jackson, MI
Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
The Supply Chain Category Specialist supports strategic sourcing and category management processes that create sustainable value through lower costs, improved supplier performance and efficiency with a keen appreciation/consideration for Business Partner needs and priorities. Works with cross-functional teams in the implementation of category management processes. Conducts research and analysis to develop strategy and drive decision-making regarding spend, suppliers and markets. Develops category and commodity cost models, in partnership with the Sourcing Specialist. Works with Supply Chain (SC) staff and Business Partners to provide day-to-day support for strategic sourcing and procurement, responds to questions and solves problems. The Category Specialist Reports to the Portfolio Manager (or Category Manager). A Supply Chain Specialist - Category should have skills and expertise in the following areas:
- Category Management, Spend Analysis, Strategic Sourcing: Supports Portfolio Managers and Category Leads in category management activities and processes that ensure Business Partner satisfaction and value creation. Helps implement, in collaboration with Portfolio Managers and Category Leads, leading practices for spend/market analysis to develop value-adding sourcing strategies. Supports regular assessment of Business Partner requirements and matching procurement plans to meet/adapt to business needs. Seeks to develop category expertise, market dynamics and trends knowledge, insights about suppliers, pricing, and negotiating tactics.
- Supplier Relationship Management: As directed, communicates with suppliers and is knowledgeable about procurement practices and category strategy. Develops, maintains and appropriately builds strong, positive and influential relationships with suppliers and Business Partners to assure CMS of long-term, cost-effective, procurement strategy in procurement of key services and goods AND more...