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Location(s): MN - Maple Grove; MN - St Paul


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.



Position Summary
Execute and coordinate material/service procurement & fulfillment activities. Implement procurement strategies to achieve cost, schedule, and quality goals. Support and align with inventory management, scheduling coordination, supplier performance management, and process improvement objectives. Lead material/service procurement issues resolution, negotiate Supplier/customer disputes, and address performance issues.

Essential Responsibilities

  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Proficient in end-to-end Supply Chain concepts and processes, from Work Order (WO) reviews through all aspects of procurement processing in ERP.
  • BUSINESS PARTNER RELATIONSHIPS: Work with BU to ensure early demand visibility of planned projects and communicates sourcing & category strategy. Lead cross-functional teams for specific procurement events. Ensure BU understands risks for materials, equipment, and services supply continuity. Negotiate material delivery strategy, including date and time. Demonstrate basic understanding of use, form, fit, and function of materials. Train BU partners on Supply Chain processes as required.
  • MATERIALS & SERVICES COORDINATION: Ensure material/service fulfillment requirements are met through Supply Chain processes. Ensure flow of demand to inventory, master agreements, and other purchase transactions are handled correctly. Execute POs accurately and in a timely manner.
  • SOURCING STRATEGY & PRACTICE: Participate in sourcing strategy development in collaboration with sourcing, BU, and category teams. Ensure adherence to sourcing best practices, policies, and procedures. Drive demand to existing master agreements when possible. Manage materials delivery/pickup for large projects.
  • BIDDING/AWARD PROCESS: Manage RFX bid packages for regional category buys and small projects, utilizing Category Plan and approved Suppliers as per Sourcing Strategy. Lead bid evaluation, analysis, and supplier selection. Identify spend/savings opportunities with category manager and develop contracts or agreements with key suppliers. Analyze and interpret statistical data.
  • CONTRACTING: Partner with BU for contract review, analysis, and supplier performance/compliance tracking. Represent company interests during negotiations with suppliers/contractors. Resolve or escalate issues to Category Manager and escalate legal exceptions to General Counsel.
  • SUPPLIER/CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS: Develop supplier relationships and provide timely response to questions, concerns, and issues. Use reporting tools and analysis for material delivery, disposition, returns, and issue resolution. Monitor supplier activities and collaborate with category manager/customers to improve relationship. May contribute to formal supplier performance meetings and lead continuous improvement efforts.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, technical/analytical field, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Three years of purchasing, logistics, or other relevant supply chain experience.
  • Experience in plant or utility operations preferred.
  • Contract and purchasing knowledge required.
  • Procurement planning, negotiation, sourcing, and supplier relationships experience preferred.
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or equivalent preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills.
  • Up to 10% travel; driver’s license required.
  • Experience with SAP, Ariba, Microsoft Excel strongly preferred





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 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:  MN - Maple Grove || MN - Maple Grove; MN - St Paul || United States (US) || Operations and Generation || 42830:Planning and Purchasing || Full-Time || Non-Bargaining ||

The anticipated starting base pay for this position is: $58,000 to $82,666 per year

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Requisition Number: 39826

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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