The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America's electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:
* Top Workplace by the Washington Post * 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine * 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian * CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance * Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE * Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America * State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level
At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person's overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data
Develops and executes strategic sourcing and contract management strategies, enables supplier relationship management and stakeholder engagement initiatives in accordance with professional standards. Continues to drive best practices in a highly technological fast paced environment. based on supplier performance, supplier relationship management and other initiatives with the ultimate guiding principle of minimizing NRECA's cost of acquiring good and services, while improving the quality of the product/ services procured.
Purpose and Mission
* Develops and executes lifecycle category management strategies for indirect spend categories across the organization. Leads sourcing teams in making decisions necessary to purchase products and/or services in alignment with organizational objectives, and sourcing strategies.
* Collaborates with business stakeholders to frame and develop project objectives, requirements, and sourcing strategies prior to supplier engagement. Maintains overall business ownership of specific commodities to include managing, facilitating, and monitoring communications with suppliers and NRECA employees.
* Acts as primary contact with potential suppliers during the RFx, selection, and negotiation process. Leads supplier negotiations throughout RFx and contracting process to achieve optimal savings, value, and risk profile.
* Analyzes spend data, market conditions and other business criteria to proactively identify opportunities to improve leverage, minimize risks and reduce total cost of ownership. Develops and maintains a qualified supply base, while understanding technology trends and market influences.
* Assists in developing associates on strategic sourcing methodology and techniques as well as negotiation strategies and tactics.
* Ensures corporate governance during procurement lifecycle. Monitors internal and external compliance with policies and take corrective actions, as appropriate. Promotes ethical behavior by ensuring team understanding of ethical responsibilities.
Business Partner & Liaison
* Provides an expert level supply chain perspective and advice to all levels of management on major projects and initiatives, including strategic negotiations, supplier and alliance contracts, supplier performance management, and spend strategies.
* Drives the use and continued adoption of supply chain best practices. Develops and maintains positive working relationships with internal stakeholders at all levels of NRECA. Regularly informs stakeholders and promote the services and value proposition of the department.
* Plans and executes communication strategies to ensure accurate and timely flow of information to internal customers and business stakeholders and externally to suppliers.
* Participates in the development, optimization and implementation of departmental policies and standard operating procedures to ensure appropriate business controls and measurements are in place and enable the effective and efficient operations of NRECA staff.
* Champions the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace; tenaciously work to meet or exceed change management goals while deriving satisfaction from the process of continuous improvement.
* Actively supports and champions the procure-to-pay transformation through process and policy development, system reviews, supplier performance management and contract management.
Supplier Performance Management
* Develops supplier strategy for the assigned spend categories. Develops and maintains positive and objective "arm's length" relationships with suppliers to ensure that suppliers are performing as anticipated and are meeting contract requirements in the most efficient and effective manner.
* Drives suppliers to perform at a high-level, and identify and report on non-performing suppliers. Analyze supplier performance, compare service and/or product offerings and specifications, perform site visits as required and resolve contract and invoice differences. Act as the liaison between NRECA stakeholders and supplier staff for material or high-profile supplier disputes.
* Identifies opportunities to better align spend and improve supplier management. Ensure all documentation is complete and accessible in contracts repository. Manage existing contracts to anticipate and prepare for ongoing renewals.
* Leads the contract negotiation process with suppliers to draft contracts that accurately capture business, technical, and legal requirements (including contractual and purchase order documentation). Act as primary liaison between business stakeholders and supplier during negotiations.
* Works closely with legal and risk groups to ensure consistent communication and resolution of significant legal and risk issues throughout the negotiation process. Ensure and adhere to corporate procurement policy directives and applicable federal government regulations.
Requirements and Qualifications
Direct Reports to this Position: None
Formal Education Required:
Bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management (preferred), Business Management, Finance or similar degree required. Institute of Supply Management certification preferred.
* Ten to fifteen years of experience related to strategic sourcing, contracts, supplier management and procurement.
* At least 5 years of experience in managing the end to end sourcing process from requirements gathering through RFx and contracting required.
* At least 5 years of experience in developing and applying negotiations strategies to reach favorable pricing and contract terms and conditions as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* 2 or more years in change management (e.g. leading business stakeholders through the process of learning how to effectively engage procurement).
* Ability to determine, develop and apply negotiation strategies to reach favorable pricing and contract terms and conditions as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to ensure coordination between departments, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement and Office of General Council (OGC) to ensure a transparent strategic sourcing and procurement process - including development of sourcing timelines/ plans, facilitation of the capture of requirements, identification of potential suppliers and negotiating parties, development of vendor selection scoring methodology and decision criteria, and the development/ approval of contractual documents that are in compliance with NRECA guidelines - as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to be persuasive, negotiate, and collaborate with individuals at all levels inside and outside of the organization as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to lead people and foster collaborative skills and consensus building while operating in a fast-moving environment as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to lead highly visible multidisciplinary project/program teams or initiatives and provide leadership as the authority in a specialized field as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Demonstrates deep knowledge of procurement systems, policies day-to-day procurement operations, procurement procedures and performance metrics through prior work experience.
* Ability to use Microsoft Office tools at the master level (Excel, Word, Power Point) in the day-to-day essential duties of the job as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with a diverse membership, employees and/or suppliers in a clear and precise manner as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Proven problem-solving, analytical, facilitation and presentation skills as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to listen and interpret the customer's needs, to de-escalate difficult customer issues, while at the same time researching potential issues and applying broad business and technical knowledge to meet the customer's satisfaction as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* Ability to manage competing deadlines and multiple projects at various stages of development using effective organization skills and attention to detail as demonstrated by prior work experience.
* The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal and extensive reading.
* Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for light work.