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Date: Jan 19, 2023


Company: Consumers Energy



Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.





Consumers Energy is seeking two Supply Chain Category Managers. These roles may be based in any of our Michigan locations and are eligible for a hybrid work model.




The Category Manager is responsible for defining, developing, and executing the sourcing program for key spend categories to achieve costs savings and support objectives of strategic importance to business unit customers, supply chain, and the enterprise. The role collaborates with internal customers, suppliers, and supply chain teams to deliver value-added outcomes, procuring the best evaluated total cost of ownership while assuring quality and schedule compliance.




The Category Manager roles will be filled based on the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable Supply Chain, Business or Accounting/Finance field, and 5 years of experience including:
    • Sourcing and/or materials/service procurement experience
    • Developing/reviewing material and/or service contracts and agreements
    • Knowledge and application of business law, and commercial terms and conditions

             If no bachelor’s degree, the following combination of education an experience is required:

    • Associates degree in a Supply Chain, Business or Accounting/Finance field, and 9 years of work experience
    • OR No degree, and 13 years of work experience




  • Understanding of typical enterprise-wide functions and related products, equipment, and services.
  • Background in Lean, Six Sigma, or similar process improvement models.
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Experience in utility supply chain




The Category Manager should have skills and expertise in the following areas:


  • Category plan development and management
  • Large dollar risk purchases
  • Supplier development and performance
  • Negotiations and competitive process
  • Contract development and management
  • Spend and market analysis
  • Planning and forecasting
  • Continuous improvement and productivity
  • Relationship Management


Responsibilities Include:


  • Category management: Manages $100M+ in annual managed-spend across respective categories.
  • Acts as the expert for assigned categories and monitors the market drivers, supplier base, emerging technologies, regulatory factors, category spend by supplier, inventory, supplier, and fill rate performance.
  • Exhibits cradle-to-grave ownership for each assigned category.
  • Spend and market analysis: Performs market and financial analysis to understand key market forces and to determine and mitigate the business risk associated with a supplier or contract.
  • Evaluates and leverages rigorous analysis of market and spend data to prioritize and target strategic sourcing initiatives within assigned categories.
  • Sourcing strategies: Synthesizes spend and market analyses to develop thorough and effective sourcing strategies.
  • Competitive process: Fosters competition to deliver improved performance at a reduced cost. Follows the prescribed methodology and teaches the organization, describing the underlying reasons for each step during competitive bidding event execution.
  • Negotiations: Collaborates to develop negotiation strategies and company positions on complex contracts, works with Legal to identify and incorporate appropriate levels of commercial protection, and conducts negotiations to ensure successful execution of strategies for optimal business outcomes. Distinguishes between positions and interests to facilitate win-win results.
  • Specification management: Leads the process from specification/definition of need through contract administration and investment recovery.
  • Determines the most strategic supply chain model to acquire the necessary products and services at the maximum level of savings.
  • Identifies new sources of supply, and potential new products/technologies.
  • Supplier development and performance: Establishes and maintains professional relationships with suppliers/partners, based on the highest ethical business practices set forth in company policy. Acts as the primary liaison to suppliers within assigned categories. Develops and manages tools and key performance measures for chosen suppliers and negotiates on multiple variables to award longer-term strategic contracts that result in significant cost reduction and improved service levels
  • Continuous improvement: Initiates “leading practices” within strategic procurement to achieve process excellence; stays abreast of industry innovations, and continuously improves the function and processes



At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.




  • Competitive compensation packages
  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 401k with company match
  • Paid parental leave
  • Up to 13 paid Holidays
  • Paid time off
  • Educational Assistance Program




We, at CMS Energy, value Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. It is part of our DNA. We treat our employees with respect, we treat each other fairly and we value the opinions of others. We are passionate about building and nurturing an environment where everyone feels included. We don’t discriminate. We seek to learn about each other and better understand our unique differences. Our uniqueness makes us authentic. We create safe spaces where everyone can be who they truly are. We invite difficult conversations and uncomfortable topics. We value diverse perspectives; this is what makes us great together. We harbor an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. Our Employee Resource Groups, Women’s Advisory Panel (WAP), Women’s Engineering Network (WEN), Minority Advisory Panel (MAP), Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy (PACE), GENERGY, capable, Interfaith and Veterans Advisory Panel (VAP) are key enablers to living the values of our company culture: Caring, Empowered, Deliberate, Agility, and Ownership.


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, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

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