Buyer, Category Management - Military veterans preferred

National Grid (https:\\


  full-time   employee

United States

Job ID 580
Location Waltham, Massachusetts
Organization Procurement and Contract Management

About us
At National Grid we are committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to the customers and communities we serve. We are one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We are proud of the contributions our work and our people make to the prosperity and wellbeing of our customers, communities and investors.
We are currently looking for highly motivated individuals who want to join a dynamic and fast paced organization going through a major transformation. If you are someone who’s looking to bring innovation, contribute ideas and play a part in renewing the global procurement organization we want to hear from you!
Job Purpose
The Strategic Sourcing Specialist is responsible for supporting National Grid’s sourcing activities for Gas Construction Services, including: pipeline services, engineering services & environmental services. Experience should include; category management, supplier relationship management, commercial negotiations, procurement process management and improvement, systems and analytics, market supplier development and a clear, working knowledge of current industry trends.
Key Accountabilities
Category Management
With support of the Category Manager, work with Stakeholders to establish clear business needs, apply forward thinking skills to set long term category strategies
Able to execute operationally, complex sourcing activities
Manage the delivery of savings targets
Mastery of transactional sourcing activities
Understands sourcing processes, able to implement more than one option: RFX, e-sourcing or pooling
Supplier Relationship Management
Actively focused on maximizing contract values, tracks and reviews its benefits
Encourages and rewards performance by suppliers
Holds suppliers to account for delivery using performance data and quarterly business reviews (QBRs)
Demonstrates a collaborative approach in delivering business outcomes
Understands the broad range of environmental and social sustainability reporting
Commercial Negotiation
Solid understanding of most contract terms and able to craft terms with legal and management support
Establishes a negotiation plan with clarity of desired outcomes, leveraging specialist support where appropriate
Basic understanding of adversary’s position, desired outcomes, and leverage
Able to involve stakeholders in negotiation preparations and events
Successful completion of professional negotiation coursework
Procurement Process Management and Improvement
Able to identify the appropriate supplier performance measurements (KPIs)
Identify ways to build and improve on existing processes
Typically improve process efficiency by 5-10% over a 6-12 month period
Obtain Six Sigma Green Belt or PEx equivalent
Systems and Analytics
Demonstrates ability in working with multiple ERP systems: SAP, Oracle, Spend Analytics
Understands how to analyze large data sets and extract valuable information
Able to build quantitative models and support decision making
Evaluate and apply the concept of total cost of ownership (TCO)
Market and Supplier Development
Solid understanding of criteria for alternative country sourcing
Able to proactively identify how business needs may be met through alternative country sourcing
Basic understanding of supplier landscape, risks, and benefits in 1-2 global markets
Supervisory/Interpersonal- Experience Required
Comfortable managing, influencing and leading stakeholders across various locations with differing agendas on the same project.
Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A or B.S.) in supply chain, finance or business management required. C.P. M or equivalent certifications preferred. MBA, MS preferred.
Experience: Minimum of 1 - 5 years’ experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and vendor management. Strong working knowledge of SAP, Oracle, Ariba & P2P systems required.
More Information
This position has a career path which provides for advancement opportunities within and across bands as you develop and evolve in the position; gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills. Internal candidates will be assessed and provided offers against the minimum qualifications of this role and their individual experience.
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.