DTE Energy Strategic Supply Category Manager in Detroit, Michigan

Job Description

Strategic Supply Category Manager-10202

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are the largest electric and gas utility in Michigan with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America. We are a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan with businesses in 26 different states.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

We care for our employees and prioritize their health and safety first. Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

· Gallup Great Workplace Award for 3 consecutive Years! (2013, 2014 and 2015)

· Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For

· J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award

· Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”

· Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT

· Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award

· Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


Job Summary

An advanced non-management purchasing professional, focusing on specific categories/ subcategories. Responsible for sourcing activities which support cost management initiatives. Conducts spend analyses, identify risks and opportunities, studies market trends, interviews vendors, and provide recommendations for sourcing . Develops and implements long term strategies applicable to a given supply category(s), designed to promote ongoing cost and quality improvements, and develops performance and Total Cost of Ownership metrics. Lead cross-functional teams engaged in procurement activities, and provide work direction and/or training to other professional. Span of control = 0; this is an individual contributor position.

Key Accountabilities

-Creates and maintains strategic sourcing plans and long-term strategies designed to generate on-going savings, including: contracting methodologies, industry best practices, internal process improvement, and value-add services from suppliers.

-Provides expert advice, counsel and execution in specific area(s) of spend.

-Leads innovative and creative cross-functional teams to develop and implement cost effective procurement strategies.

-Cultivates and builds internal and external alliances and partnerships with business units and suppliers to achieve ongoing cost reductions, process improvements and best practices.

-Studies market trends, acquiring and assessing market intelligence; conducts and applies benchmarking/competitive assessments; develops and continually assesses procurement strategies.

-Provide mentoring and direction to procurement staff as needed to implement sourcing goals.

-Initiates new ideas and approaches; challenges prevailing practices & approaches with reasonably sound alternatives.

-Understands and supports the SPM processes and goals


-Required: Bachelor’s degree;

-Required: 6 years of experience in supply chain management and procurement/purchasing.

-Preferred: Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics.

-Preferred: Master’s degree.

-Preferred: experience developing commodity or category buying strategies.

-Financial / economic modeling and reporting methodologies (ROI, ROA, supplier financial performance, etc.) experience beneficial.

-Intermediate-to-advanced skills in Microsoft applications (i.e.: Excel, PowerPoint, & Word)

-Demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

-Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives.

-Strong analytical & problem-solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives, and recommend optimal solutions for various situations.

-Experience with leading cross-functional procurement teams, establishing work-flows, and operational procedures

-Strong negotiation and contract writing, as demonstrated by successfully and independently handling complex contracts, including proficiency in considering multiple long term and short term variables, building relationships with our business unit partners and vendors, crafting contracts that are uniquely tailored to fit business needs, scope of work, making recommendations for legal review, generating creative and innovative solutions, and reviewing peers contracts for compliance with DTE Energy requirements.

-Able to cope with multiple demands from superiors, client business units and external parties in a positive and even-handed fashion; displays a calm demeanor under pressure.

-Demonstrated application of continuous improvement tools, systems & processes. Yellow/Green/Black Belt certification preferred.

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities. Utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Job: Supply Chain & Purchasing

Title: Strategic Supply Category Manager

Primary Location: Michigan-Detroit

Requisition ID: 10202