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Associate Category Manager Job

Location(s): CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills and talents to work at a company you can feel proud to be a part of? Do you want a workplace that will challenge you and offer you opportunities to learn and grow? A position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



There are a number of open category manager positions that will be hired and the categories that may be assigned include (but are not limited to):  Gas Construction; Wind Services; Engineering Services; Turbines & Generators; IT Services; Pipeline Maintenance and Repair; Electrical Equipment; Construction Services; Technical Services; Mechanical Equipment, Cooling Towers; Plant Systems; Consulting Services; Electric Construction; Meter Equipment; Transformers; Wind Equipment; Solar, Battery, Hydro Equipment; Foundation Construction; Design Engineering; Civil Constr., Traffic Control, Underground Drilling and Trenching; Industrial Parts and Supplies; Air Handling/HVAC, Security, Building Maintenance & Repair Services; Fleet O&M, Fleet Purchases (parts and vehicles), Lubricants and Oils; Software/Licensing; Telecom Services; Computer Hardware, IT Peripherals, Comm Equipment; Energy Efficiency and Marketing.


Position Summary

Working with Category Managers (CMs), develop and implement category sourcing strategies aligned with business priorities. Utilize understanding of the supply market, sourcing best practice approaches, and negotiation strategies to achieve category objectives, while leveraging Supply Chain resources. Manage risk mitigation efforts and supplier performance monitoring activities to ensure category strategy adherence. Form and execute non-critical contracts. Collaborate with business stakeholders to align business demands with category strategy. Ensure compliance with supplier safety, risk assessments, and other supplier programs.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Support CMs while learning to develop category strategy to capture value and improve operations. Collaborate with business to align business demands with category/contract strategy and execution. Perform analysis of contracts, supply & demand, market and commodity trends (including total cost of ownership & should-cost modeling), and recommend category strategies. Monitor industry information, trends, and supplier risk profiles to ensure category strategy aligns with best practices and business requirements. Support development and execution of sourcing events, including coordinating the evaluation of proposals and selection of suppliers.
  • Lead tier II and support CMs in tier 1 supplier performance and relationship management focused on improving total cost of ownership, quality, delivery, and continuous improvement. Develop plans with suppliers that support business goals/strategies, drive continuous improvement, and promote collaboration to strengthen partnerships. Support development of supplier scorecards and monitor performance. Work with Category Managers and business stakeholders to ensure metrics are meaningful and measurable. Support resolution of disputes with suppliers. Develop skills in managing complex supplier relationships and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Support CMs in developing and conducting strategic contract negotiations; may lead negotiations in some instances. Ensure all contract processes are followed, documents are complete, and appropriate records are retained. Monitor compliance across buying channels, supplier, and contract purchasing execution. Coordinate the resolution of disputes and contract adjustments with suppliers and internal stakeholders. Communicate contract summary and implementation plans.
  • Support development of risk management strategies and in conjunction with Legal and Security, apply contract law knowledge to administer category contract agreements. In collaboration with business area management, manage and define risk elements of contracts. Limit risk by ensuring all required documents and notices have been obtained and are satisfactory.
  • Support category and project plan development for the implementation of Supply Chain strategy. Interact and maintain relationships with partners to integrate sourcing and business project plans. Support change management efforts.

Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, business, or related technical/analytical field.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience (6 years of experience in addition to the required 1 years) may be considered in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
  • Requires one to five years of supply chain experience.
  • Proficient in contract formation, negotiation, and execution.
  • Willing to pursue Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent.
  • Previous experience in plant operations, utility field operations, finance or business administration is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft® Office suite and experience with purchasing and sourcing systems strongly preferred.
  • Required to attend meetings across the region. Up to 10% travel is required.





COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement 
COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Xcel Energy requires all new persons be fully vaccinated or receive a formal medical or religious accommodation prior to their start date, unless prohibited by state or local law. 


As a leading combination electricity and natural gas energy company, Xcel Energy offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity and 1.9 million natural gas customers across eight Western and Midwestern states. At Xcel Energy, we strive to be the preferred and trusted provider of the energy our customers need. If you’re ready to be a part of something big, we invite you to join our team.


Posting Notes:  CO - Denver || CO - Denver; MN - Minneapolis || United States (US) || Generation || 42808:Dir SC Sourcing Svc || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $77,000 to $109,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 38449

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