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Category Manager

Location: 

Denver, PA, US

Company:  UGI Utilities, Inc

UGI Utilities, Inc. is a natural gas and electric utility company committed to delivering reliable, safe and affordable energy to our 700,000 customers in 45 counties in Pennsylvania and 1 county in Maryland. We pride ourselves on being a responsive, engaging energy company.  The foundation of our success lies in the strength of our 1,500 plus employees who strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and the communities we serve every day.

We offer comprehensive benefits, some of which are:

  • medical, prescription, dental, vision, life insurance
  • disability plans
  • 401(k) matched savings plan
  • paid vacation
  • company stock purchase program
  • wellness programs
  • tuition reimbursement
  • paid parental leave
  • paid volunteer time
  • adoption assistance


Summary:
The purpose of this job is to manage the procurement of goods and services for a wide variety of company requirements and issue contractual commitments on behalf of UGI.   This position is responsible for supplier sourcing/selection activities and successfully managing the supplier relationship to ensure Sourcing obtains quality goods and services in a timely manner at the overall best value for the company.   This position implements contract strategies, utilizes material supply chain models, interfaces and communicates with technical subject matter experts and managers, manages inventory, administers contracts, conducts negotiations, develops supplier relationships, tracks and manages supplier performance, and may identify continuous improvement and productivity opportunities with suppliers and customers.  Additionally, the category manager is expected to stay abreast of global industry trends and begin to build awareness around the implications to cost, quality, and risk based on market forces and internal requirements.  This position has authority to approve Purchase Orders up to $25,000.  This position receives guidance and direction from more senior department personnel.

 

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Implements multi-year purchasing business plans that will meet Sourcing’s service level goals and support corporate profit and return on equity goals including but not limited to material availability, stocking and replenishment strategies, supplier value analysis, managed risk.
  • Manage the supply chain process from identification of need through contract administration and investment recovery. Evaluate sources of supply and develop optimal pricing methodology, warranty, and product/service performance requirements. Utilize strategic supply chain models to acquire the necessary products and services at the maximum level of savings.
  • Analyze and evaluate the levels of inventory in support of all company operations. Determine and maintain appropriate stocking levels and identify the necessary warehousing locations, while at the same time, optimizing UGI’s inventory position. Sourcing strategies should be implemented with consideration given to optimizing/reducing UGI’s inventory. 
  • Identify new sources of supply and potentially acceptable new products/technologies. Establish/develop/maintain professional relationships with suppliers/partners based on the highest ethical business practices.
  • Support capital projects by working with the project management team to develop the contracting strategy, project plan, identify required resources, acquire necessary goods and services, and manage contract performance from end to end.
  • Become the corporate expert for assigned categories, and know the market drivers, supplier base, emerging technologies, regulatory factors, category spend by supplier, inventory, supplier, and key performance metrics.  Exhibit ownership of the entire supply chain for assigned category from cradle to grave.
  • Perform market analysis and financial analysis to determine business risk associated with a supplier or contract. Mitigate risk as necessary through appropriate sourcing and contractual strategies.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Supply Chain Management practices and procedures to procure the best product or service at the overall best value based on internal customer requirements.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and pivot tables; experience with Oracle and inventory management software.
  • Basic knowledge of commodity and financial markets that could affect cost or sources of supply.
  • Strategic sourcing and negotiation skills required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.  Ability to work in a team environment, securing buy-in and agreement through collaborative efforts.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Business/Supply Chain preferred
  • Utility experience a plus
  • 2+ years business-related work experience is a plus
     

UGI Utilities, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  As such, the Company abides by the requirements of the Executive Order 11246, 41 CFR 60-741.5(a), and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).  The Company does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally protected class in its practices.

 

Successful applicants shall be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment, and if hired, shall be subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with UGI policies. As a federal contractor that engages in safety-sensitive work, UGI cannot permit employees in certain positions to use medical marijuana, even if prescribed by an authorized physician. Similarly, applicants for such positions who are actively using medical marijuana may be denied hire on that basis.


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