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Senior Category Manager Job

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


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

Provide sourcing leadership and direction for broad, complex, and/or critical sourcing categories with the greatest impact on the organization. Lead cross functional teams from the business and Supply Chain to drive successful project and category outcomes/results. Develop and effectively execute sourcing strategy, while leading and collaborating with the business to plan and implement complex competitive sourcing events and other activities to advance category strategies. Develop effective negotiation strategies and negotiate commercial terms with critical suppliers to achieve category and business objectives. Manage risk mitigation efforts and oversee on-going supplier performance. Ensure compliance with supplier safety, risk assessments, and other supplier programs. Serve as a technical expert for the Category Management organization.

Essential Responsibilities


  • Lead development and implementation of enterprise-wide category strategies. Perform spend and cost analysis (e.g. total cost of ownership & should cost models) and develop category strategies to achieve maximum value capture. Complete supplier research and risk profiles. Monitor industry information, external factors, and trends to ensure category strategy is leading current best practices. Develop and execute complex sourcing event strategies; provide guidance to others on the team. In conjunction with logistics personnel, implement optimal inventory strategies.
  • Lead tier I supplier relationship management efforts for multiple and the most critical suppliers, focusing on improving total cost of ownership, quality, delivery, and continuous improvement. Maintain awareness of supplier innovations and incorporate them into sourcing strategy. Establish KPIs and metrics. Monitor, document, and evaluate supplier performance. Lead the resolution of disputes with critical suppliers.
  • Develop strategy and lead negotiations to establish contracts that support category strategies while meeting business requirements. Review, analyze, verify, and negotiate contract changes or additional work orders. Monitor compliance across buying channel, supplier, and contract purchasing execution. Manage contractor claims to resolution. Ensure suppliers comply with contract terms and meet all commitments. Develop and communicate contract summary and implementation plans.
  • Develop risk management strategies in conjunction with Legal and Security, apply understanding of underlying principles of contract law. In collaboration with business area management, manage and define the risk elements of the contract. Limit XE risk by ensuring required documents and notices have been obtained and are satisfactory.
  • Create and manage project plans to implement category strategies. Manage supply chain, business, and supplier continuous improvement efforts.
  • Provide expert guidance, oversight, and collaboration with the supply chain team to build category and sourcing strategies. Generate and implement new ideas/processes. Mentor and provide work oversight.

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 8 years) may be considered in lieu of a bachelor's degree.
  • MBA as well as Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management (CPSM) or other supply chain certification strongly preferred.
  • A combination of eight years of supply chain and industry experience, including category management, supplier relationship management, sourcing, and contract management expertise.
  • A combination of five years of experience directly leading complex contact negotiations and project management.
  • Proficient with Microsoft® Office Suite and significant experience with purchasing and sourcing systems is required.
  • Frequently required to attend meetings in various locations, up to 20% travel; driver’s license 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; TX - Amarillo || United States (US) || Operations and Generation || 42808:Dir SC Sourcing Svc || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $100,000 to $142,000 per year

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Requisition Number: 38573

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