sourcing Specialist II

NRG Energy, Inc. Osceola, AR
NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of our diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform. A Fortune 500 company, NRG creates value through best-in-class operations, reliable and efficient electric generation, and a retail platform serving residential and commercial businesses. Working with electricity customers large and small, we implement sustainable solutions for producing and managing energy, developing smarter energy choices and delivering exceptional service as our retail electricity providers serve almost three million residential and commercial customers throughout the country.

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Summary: Procure goods and/or services and support sourcing and purchasing needs for assigned stations/business units, providing industry, technical, and supply chain expertise. Manage inventory and suppliers to deliver the highest quality, reliability and value to meet company and station/business unit requirements. Provide expertise to support business and system processes utilized in sourcing, purchasing, and managing materials/services.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

* Negotiate and place purchase orders.

* Ensure timely delivery of goods/services.

* Review and coordinate gathering of technical, cost, and delivery requirements.

* Develop and issue competitive bid packages using RFx process and monitor changes.

* Create and evaluate quotations/bids, and recommend suppliers for sourcing selection.

* Interact with and understand the key business relationships for assigned groups.

* Assist in gathering and analyzing industry, economic, market, and spend data.

* Supports identification of opportunities for leveraging spend by category.

* Develop and maintain relationships with current and potential suppliers.

* Develop, negotiate, and administer contracts with suppliers.

* Participate in cross-functional sourcing teams to evaluate potential and current suppliers.

* Support execution of supplier KPIs and demonstrate continuous improvement.

* Coordinate resolution of accounts payable and delivery issues.

* Review and process claims against suppliers for unsatisfactory materials, delivery, or equipment.

* Respond to audits, surveys, or other informational requests from internal and external sources.

* Actively promote and support company Supplier Diversity initiatives.

* Effectively communicate the impact of sourcing decisions to management and employees as appropriate. Actively enroll their support.

* Ensure compliance with company and Supply Chain policies.

* Develop and implement cost savings initiatives.

* Other duties and projects as assigned.

Working with Matrix Relationships

* Reports to Plant Management Team in support of Energy Services and site Owners

* Works in a Matrix relationship with Supply Chain management

* Comfortable working in a matrix reporting structure with multiple lines of communication

* Proven ability to manage relationships in a matrix reporting structure.

Experience: A minimum of 3 years in sourcing/procurement/supply chain in a relevant industry (utilities, manufacturing, chemical, or oil & gas). Experience in energy industry preferred, power generation industry a plus.

Education:

* Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline preferred. Four years experience in soucing/supply chain/procurement may be subsituted for the degree.

* Partial credit may be given for Associate or technical degrees/certification. CPM, CPSM, CSCP, APICS, and/or PMI certification is preferred.

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Understands competitive business environments and possesses ability to react quickly to changes in products and services.

* Ability to grasp customer requirements, supply chain strategy, and demand fulfillment process.

* Ability to respond to both company and owner needs, provide reports, confirm POs, receipt, and status for all orders.

* Ability to network in order to seek out and integrate information that achieves the overall best value for the company.

* Strong attention to detail, organization skills, and time management.

* Knowledge of negotiation and contracting process.

* Effective written and verbal communication.

* Self-starter who has ability to work collaboratively to achieve high-level results.

* Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships.

* Ability to make timely fact-based decisions.

* Knowledge of Supply Chain policies, procedures, and practices (e.g., negotiation, business law, data analysis, forecasting, economic models, financial reports, business plans, and budgeting).

* Knowledge of mathematical calculations required to support inventory and procurement strategies.

* Proficient in computer applications including Microsoft products and SAP or other ERP system (Site Line) and ability to broaden knowledge as new technology becomes available.

Physical Requirements:

* Occasionally requires lifting as appropriate to perform duties and responsibilities.

Working Conditions:

* Primarily an office environment inside a power plant.

* Occasionally requires wearing personal protective safety equipment (respirators, safety glasses, hard hat, appropriate footwear, ear plugs, appropriate gloves, etc.)

* May be required to work around rotating and energized equipment, hazardous materials and chemicals.

* Willingness to work overtime as necessary, especially during critical issue resolution, special projects, and/or to achieve project milestones.

NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability

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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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