National Grid seeks professional Buyers for Tactical Services. The position is responsible for tactical sourcing related to several key departments for gas construction, electric construction, facilities management, fleet, engineering services or corporate services. Managing multiple bid negotiations in order to maintain strong working relationships with key suppliers and ensuring organizational cost savings so that National Grid’s performance objectives are met.
Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
Develops and applies selection criteria and evaluation methodologies to match suppliers with requirements while developing a sustainable supplier portfolio.
Responsible for leading sourcing initiatives, providing technical guidance, support and coaching to other team members in order to share knowledge and develop technical understanding within discipline.
Key interface with suppliers, managing the day to day relationship with contract service providers, including negotiation, interpretation and application of contractual agreements to ensure adherence to standards and best outcomes for National Grid.
Work in partnership with regional/global customers to ensure a proactive approach to supplier selection and understand their requirements and deliver appropriate solutions, in line with National Grid policies and processes.
Identify and mitigate commercial risks to ensure National Grid complies with global legislative requirements and identifies value adding opportunities to the supply relationships.
Strong commitment to utilize lean continuous improvement techniques to drive change throughout the organization.
Provide technical guidance, support and coaching to other team members in order to share knowledge and develop technical understanding within discipline.
Develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal business partners.
Conduct item/description research to increase catalog compliance.
owledge & Experience Required:
One to three years’ experience in Procurement for Services knowledge required.
Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Business, Accounting, Construction or related field.
Construction estimating and contract management experience a plus.
Proficient in stakeholder management and communications, making self fully available for the customer/supplier. Demonstrates an energetic and enthusiastic manner and the ability to add value.
Highly effective in the management of suppliers with strong knowledge of sourcing process.
Demonstrates expertise in negotiating and influencing.
Understands the importance of procedures and standards of working and demonstrates the ability to give directions or demonstrations with clear reasons and rationales.
Requires the ability to think from first principles and demonstrates ability to challenge processes and use knowledge or trends to look at current situations.
Experience with ERP systems -- SAP experience preferred, with particular attention to Procure to Pay.
Proficiency in MS Office products, including, but not limited to, Excel, Power Point, Work and Outlook.
Able to work across all functions and levels of an organization.
Familiarity with Procurement processes, e.g. RFI, RFP, scopes or work, mini tender, negotiation, contracting, etc.
Familiarity with Accounts Payable processes, Master Data, Supply Chain preferred.
Experience using analytical tools and techniques, strong presentation skills and the ability to interpret information and analyze relationships among several parts of a problem or situation in order to clearly articulate the findings and anticipates obstacles and thinks ahead about next steps are desirable skills.
Must have the ability to work overtime, weekends and/or holidays as necessary.
Must be able to travel overnight outside of the normal work area as needed.
This position is one of National Grid’s career path roles which provide for promotional opportunities within and across salary bands as you develop and evolve in the position by gaining experience, expertise and acquiring and applying technical skills.
National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.
National Grid is one of the world's largest utilities, focused on delivering energy safely, efficiently, reliably and responsibly. National Grid is a Global electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. We play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, rel...iable and safe manner. We are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing all our customers with the highest standards of service through investment in our networks and through our talented, diverse workforce.