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IT Sourcing Analyst (Remote MI)

Date: Apr 30, 2021

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas.  At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us!  Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.


The Supply Chain Category Specialist supports strategic sourcing and category management processes that create sustainable value through lower costs, improved supplier performance and efficiency with a keen appreciation/consideration for Business Partner needs and priorities. Works with cross-functional teams in the implementation of category management processes. Conducts research and analysis to develop strategy and drive decision-making regarding spend, suppliers and markets. Develops category and commodity cost models, in partnership with the Sourcing Specialist.   Works with Supply Chain (SC) staff and Business Partners to provide day-to-day support for strategic sourcing and procurement, responds to questions and solves problems. The Category Specialist Reports to the Portfolio Manager (or Category Manager). A Supply Chain Specialist – Category should have skills and expertise in the following areas:





  • Category Management: Spend Analysis, Strategic Sourcing: Supports Portfolio Managers and Category Leads in category management activities and processes that ensure Business Partner satisfaction and value creation. Helps implement, in collaboration with Portfolio Managers and Category Leads, leading practices for spend/market analysis to develop value-adding sourcing strategies. Supports regular assessment of Business Partner requirements and matching procurement plans to meet/adapt to business needs. Seeks to develop category expertise, market dynamics and trends knowledge, insights about suppliers, pricing, and negotiating tactics.


  • Supplier Relationship Management: As directed, communicates with suppliers and is knowledgeable about procurement practices and category strategy. Develops, maintains and appropriately builds strong, positive and influential relationships with suppliers and Business Partners to assure CMS of long-term, cost-effective, procurement strategy in procurement of key services and goods.
  • Supply Chain Strategy: Supports the SC and category strategy development process with analysis and helps integrate it with regular business planning and budgeting cycles for SC and CMS. Works closely with Category Leads to align strategy making processes with Business Partner processes. Assists in the preparation and communication of business cases to support SC initiatives and priorities.
  • Continuous Improvement: Uses continuous improvement framework to sustain SC strategy and compliance with CMS objectives. To achieve process excellence and stay current with industry innovations, the Specialist helps identify and implement, in collaboration with the SC Leads, leading practices throughout the organization. Communicates initiatives and improvements to Business Partners as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field.  Less than a Bachelor’s degree may be acceptable if accompanied by Company or industry experience in positions that demonstrate required abilities and performance. 
  • Recent experience in an Information Technology support role.
  • Active Participation creating, analyzing, aligning and editing Information Technology contracts with company/benchmarked standards reflective of business partner needs.
  • Experience editing EUL, SaaS, Cyber and IT services agreements
  • 3 years of directly relevant work experience, including 2 years’ experience working with IT and cross-functional teams.  This vacancy will be filled commensurate with experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project Coordination, CAPM, PgMP
  • Paralegal qualification/experience
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) preferred
  • Information Technology procurement within the utility, manufacturing, or construction sector
  • Intermediate excel skills                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Applicant is ineligible for this vacancy if they have had disciplinary action (in the past 12 months) on file, is on an active Performance Correction Plan, is currently under a Retention Agreement, or received a moderate or under contributing rating on last year's PEFD.


Applicant must be in their current position for a minimum of 12 months to be eligible for this vacancy, unless otherwise approved by his/her Officer, in writing.


If selected for an interview, the applicant must notify their current manager of their application.


All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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