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Senior Planner Buyer Job

Location(s): CO - Denver; CO - Henderson


Are you looking for an exciting job where you can put your skills, talents and education 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 professional position at Xcel Energy could be just what you’re looking for.



Position Summary
Works with BU at Work Order (WO) creation and coordinates material/service procurement and fulfillment for complex categories/projects. Creates/executes a project-related material/service risk management plans and procurement strategies to achieve cost, schedule and quality goals. Achieves inventory, scheduling coordination, supplier management and process improvement objectives. Plans/develops material fulfillment and asset disposal methods. Provides materials management leadership for complex construction projects.
During COVID-19 Pandemic this position may require the ability to temporarily work remote within the company service territory until company protocol dictates return to the office criteria has been met.

Essential Responsibilities

  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Expert in end-to-end SC concepts and processes, from Work Order (WO) creation through all aspects of processing in ERP.
  • BUSINESS PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS: Works with BU for early visibility into demand from WO and communicates sourcing and category strategy effectively. Leads cross functional teams for specific categories or projects. Ensures BU understands risk strategy for materials, equipment and services. Manages job site deliveries, lay down yards, crews and off-loading activities. Basic understanding of use, form, fit and function of materials. Trains BU partners on SC processes as needed.
  • MATERIALS/SERVICES COORDINATION: Works on complex projects. Ensures material/service fulfillment requirements are met through SC processes. Understands flow of demand to inventory, master agreements and other purchase transactions. Executes POs accurately and in a timely manner.
  • SOURCING STRATEGY & PRACTICE: Determines sourcing strategy in collaboration with sourcing, BU, and category teams; maintains deep understanding of existing strategy and advises on new strategy. Ensures adherence to sourcing best practices, policies, and procedures. Drives demand to existing master agreements when possible. Manages materials for large construction/deconstruction projects. Appraises equipment for resale and plans/schedules sale of assets for demolition projects.
  • BIDDING/AWARD PROCESS: Manages RFX bid packages for regional category buys and small projects ; leads bid evaluation, analysis, and supplier selection. Identifies tail spend opportunities with category manager and develops master agreements with key suppliers. Analyzes and interprets statistical data. Accurately appraise assets, using industry pricing indexes to validate buyer pricing.
  • CONTRACTING: Partners with BU for contract administration, review, analysis, and supplier performance/compliance tracking. Represents company interests during negotiations with suppliers/contractors. Resolves/escalates issues to Category Manager, and escalates legal exceptions to General Counsel. Serves as asset disposal consultant.
  • SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS: Develops supplier relationships and responds to questions promptly. Uses reporting tools and analysis for material delivery, disposition, and returns. Monitors supplier activities and works with category manager to improve supplier relationship. May contribute to formal supplier performance meetings.
  • MENTORING: Mentors junior level Planner Buyers on development of organizational capability.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in SC Management, Engineering, Project Management, Business, Finance or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of purchasing, logistics, or plant/utility field operations experience.
  • Pursue Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent and Certified Manager of Investment Recovery (CMIR) if involved with investment recovery.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills and collaboration focused.
  • Up to 10% domestic travel.

Preferred Requirements

  • Expert contract knowledge, negotiation and project management skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ERP systems.






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; CO - Henderson || United States (US) || Generation || 42830:Planning and Purchasing || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

Requisition Number: 26140

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