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Supply Chain Procurement Specialist

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Location: Valparaiso, IN, United States
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Req ID: R00935325-OTHLOC-358

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Job Description

Job Title: Supply Chain Procurement Specialist

Job Code: 107219 

The Supply Chain Procurement Specialist is responsible for helping drive value through the strategic sourcing and the supplier relationship management processes. Proven ability to collect and analyze data, gather insights from internal and external data, draw conclusions, present findings to drive decisions, and track and manage supplier performance metrics.  The Supply Chain Procurement Specialist must possess an ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment and still meet business performance measures, including timelines for sourcing activities and planning for future sourcing needs of the business units.  This position reports to the Manager, Category Management.

*The ideal applicant is highly analytical, self-driven, and proactive. Must possess a proven ability to influence and successfully negotiate in favor of the terms of the organization.

You may support various commodities including but not limited to renewable entities (wind and solar), engineering services, generation station construction, maintenance and repair.

Day to day responsibilities will vary including time spent with RFx initiatives, market analysis, identifying procurement value opportunities, and proactive outreach with stakeholders and suppliers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Analyze data and creating reports and presentations regarding savings / avoidance opportunities, key business measures such as supplier performance, spend analytics, and market trends. 
  • Lead the RFP process for small to medium sized initiatives, which includes but is not limited to: supplier communication, development of business requirements and decision/evaluation criteria, document creation and distribution, response analysis, negotiation analysis, and supplier selection 
  • Proactively partner with business units to plan, negotiate, and execute agreements and purchase order terms and conditions with suppliers 
  • Review, analyze, and fulfill purchase requests with established suppliers and resolving invoice disputes 
  • Understand savings and operational targets and developing and executing on plans to deliver on targets  
  • Research, evaluate, and communicate market data and execute on opportunities based on that market data 
  • Proactively take prompt action to accomplish work goals and to achieve results beyond what is required 
  • Identify, recommend, and implement efficiencies and process improvements 
  • Communicate effectively to build and maintain internal and external relations and resolve issues 
  • Support a positive work environment 
  • Perform Category Senior Analyst duties in the absence of a Senior Category Analyst  

Required Qualifications for Position 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or minimum two years of experience in supply chain, procurement or category management 
  • Ability to define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, and draw well-supported conclusions 
  • Knowledge and understanding of sourcing methodologies 
  • Ability to manage multiple commodities or work streams 
  • Ability to negotiate 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, word, etc.) 
  • Planning and organizational skills 
  • Critical/analytical thinking skills 
  • Ability to support a positive work environment/work collaboratively 
  • Ability to execute and drive results while gaining commitment from others 
  • Ability to establish plans and meet deadlines 
  • Ability to adapt quickly to change 
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results, achieve goals and business objectives 

Preferred Additional Qualifications for Position 

  • Advanced degree 
  • Ability to manage and mitigate contractual risk 
  • Knowledge of procurement/ERP software (PeopleSoft, Ariba, or similar) 
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects and tasks with minimal oversight and direction 
  • Ability to build strategic working relationships 
  • Supply chain experience in the utility industry 
  • Basic knowledge of contract management & administration

Inclusion & Diversity 
Value inclusion within your day to day responsibilities by respecting others perspectives/convictions, engaging others opinions, creating a safe environment where people, ideas, and opinions are valued within your Team/Customers and external partners.

Respect and take into consideration diversity within your Team/Customers and external work partners by valuing different world views, challenges, and cultures that represent all walks of life and all backgrounds.

Treat others with respect and consideration. Actively participate in creating and contributing to a positive work environment.

Equal Employment Opportunity 
NiSource is committed to providing equal employment opportunities in each of its companies to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, disability, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any protected group status as defined by law. Each employee is expected to abide by this principle.

By applying, you may be considered for other job opportunities. 

Safety Statement
Promote a safe work environment by actively participating in all aspects of our employee safety program.  Report any unsafe conditions and take actions to prevent personal injuries.  Support our interdependent safety culture by ensuring the safety of your co-workers.  Stay focused on the task at hand and promote productivity through good work habits.

Salary Range:

$77,400.00 - $136,600.00

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