The Strategic Procurement Manager is responsible for driving value creation and minimizing total cost of ownership for all Renewables, Energy Storage, and LNG & Midstream capital project development support needs (medium to large-scale EPC projects). This position will also be expected to be a role model for effective client support relationships, including planning, resource allocation and overall strategic procurement process management related to the acquisition of materials and/or services. Solves a wide range of problems related to strategic procurement team in addition to internal clients on questions or issues related to leading practice sourcing strategies.
This position will be based in San Diego, CA. and require routine and periodic travel as needed to other Sempra Infrastructure, LLC offices (i.e. Houston) and project sites in development or operations as well as travel to meetings with key suppliers
Duties & Responsibilities:
• Serve as centralized strategic procurement manager for Sempra’s Renewables, Energy Storage, and LNG & Midstream capital program requirements (medium to large-scale EPC projects). Develop, manage, and maintain collaborative supplier relationships for key categories.
• Provide management and oversight to the strategic procurement team in the areas of client engagement strategic sourcing, supplier risk management, contract management and strategic planning.
• Manage commercial aspects of capital project supplier relationships aligned with Sempra Infrastructure, LLC. standards and guidelines. Track project and partner performance based on established KPI requirements, as well as procurement effectiveness and supplier cost performance. Serve as an arbiter with respect to change orders and claims process for all EPC relationships with the following teams: Engineering & Construction, and Operations.
• Provide expertise, as needed, on a variety of legal matters, e.g., contract reviews, contract terminations, warranty matters, and awards. • Negotiate high value, high risk contracts, as well as revisions to standard Sempra forms and third-party paper. Serve as contracting subject matter expert to Procurement contract managers during contract negotiations.
• Oversee Request for Information (RFI) / Request for Proposal (RFP) development and analysis of supplier proposals/evaluations, lead supplier negotiation process and ensure development of appropriate supplier agreements and contracts.
• Drive sourcing projects into appropriate contracting frameworks, e.g., lump sum/T&M/unit rate, consistent with business objectives and negotiated outcomes. Ensure contracts meet all standards for insurance, liability, loss/damage, and other risks.
• Provide leadership and oversight to supplier risk management activities, primarily responsibility for the following: Lead development of Sempra Infrastructure, LLC. Procurement Risk Management Strategy; Strategy; ensure alignment with Corporate Risk Management Strategy for new capital projects.
• Provide input and coordination with new business development/commercial management project development teams.
• Utilize effective and current business intelligence tools and stay on top of market trends across critical categories.
Education & Experience:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain, Engineering, or equivalent
• Master’s Degree MBA or a Master’s degree in any of the above fields (preferred)
• At least seven (7) years of experience in capital procurement and contracting, with significant experience leading medium to large-scale EPC and construction contracts.
• Understanding of Sempra Infrastructure, LLC. major categories, supply markets, and products.
• Demonstrated track record of achieving excellent outcomes for capital project strategic procurement support, preferably within the energy industry.
• Advanced expertise in medium to large-scale EPC and construction contracts, master service agreements, risk allocation, indemnification, insurance terms, and non-performance remedies.
• Demonstrated experience structuring various relationship models (lump sum, T&M, etc.) with EPC/construction companies.
• Advanced understanding of the role of terms, conditions, and other contracting requirements in managing corporate risk.
• Direct experience challenging change orders and recovering value through post-project audit/claims processes.
• Ability to provide leadership and direction to strategic procurement staff.
• Ability to work with multiple stakeholders to create optimal strategic procurement approaches and solutions.
• Expert level financial, quantitative, and analytical skills.
• Strong management, team work, and communication skills.
• Ability to challenge current thinking and present innovative solutions that promote the company’s interests.
• Strong commercial acumen and negotiation skills.
• Manages change through influence; capable of driving major commercial decisions across a diverse set of internal stakeholders.
• Ability to think strategically and act opportunistically based on the market or supply shifts.
• Ability to manage uncertainty and respond to rapidly changing market dynamics.
• CPSM, CSM, CPSD, CPIM and/or CSCP certifications(s) a plus.