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IT Category Manager, Indirect Materials

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

IT
Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2023
About Fluence: Fluence Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLNC) is a global market leader in energy storage products and services, and optimization software for renewables and storage. With a presence in over 47 markets globally, Fluence provides an ecosystem of offerings to drive the clean energy transition, including modular, scalable energy storage products, comprehensive service offerings, and the Fluence IQ Platform, which delivers AI-enabled SaaS products for managing and optimizing renewables and storage from any provider. Fluence is transforming the way we power our world by helping customers create more resilient and sustainable electric grids.
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Location: Hybrid in Houston, TX
This position will support all business at Fluence with IT requirements. A summary of those activities can include but not limited to:
• Managing IT Supplier change process through establishing formal transition processes, and developing the creation of an exit strategy, and drive stakeholder adoption of IT any and all IT projects as applicable
• Source, select and create supplier reviews of supplier proposals before final negotiations, and provide negotiation suggestions that will help drive the creation and capturing of data to drive metrics and analysis
• Help engage IT stakeholders annually to develop subcategory sourcing plans, gather and communicate market intelligence, and capture all internal data to drive strategy
• Manage IT Supplier Management
• Establish IT Supplier governance by building process and role authority to help drive policy and process recognition; drive consistent implementation and enforcement of processes
• Manage all IT needs through proactive engagement with stakeholders for identified IT suppliers and communicate regularly with the business on their needs
• Manage IT Supplier Performance by tracking performance and commitments for IT contracts; will need to review selected IT supplier performance and evaluate suppliers beyond operational measures to improved supplier performance through formal improvement plans.
• Provide IT Financial Visibility using Coupa reporting or other financial systems
• Provide supplier market trends to provide insight for negotiations
• Communicate value proposition by providing verbal evidence of the value delivered per request
• Manage supplier spend data by helping to track IT spend at the category and subcategory level (HW / SW / Service contractors), and help analyze and report on the IT spend Data to help implement automated methods of tracking IT supplier spend data
• Manage self-service IT e-catalogs which will help adapt the IT Acquisition process on a cost-speed-risk basis.
Responsibilities
• Support ALL IT Sourcing, Indirect Procurement and Supplier Management activities
• The candidate will need to show strong knowledge of procurement principles, strong negotiating skills and an eye for detail in general and within IT industry
• Manage IT supplier contracts by utilizing evaluating and selecting a suitable contract management tool and repository to analyze and incorporate supplier market trends to inform negotiations
• Managing IT Supplier change process through informing IT suppliers of administrative processes, onboarding suppliers, establishing formal transition processes, and developing the creation of an exit strategy, and drive stakeholder adoption of Coupa processes
• Review supplier proposals before final negotiations, and provide negotiation suggestions that will help drive the creation and capturing of data to drive metrics and analysis
• Help engage IT stakeholders annually to develop subcategory sourcing plans, gather and communicate market intelligence, and capture all internal data to create and drive strategy
• Establish IT Supplier governance by building process and role authority to help drive policy and process recognition; drive consistent implementation and enforcement of processes
• Manage IT Business Partner Needs through proactive engagement with stakeholders for identified IT suppliers and communicate regularly with the business on their needs
• Manage IT Supplier Risk through identification and tracking of the major IT supplier by defining process and workflows for IT supplier risk management through categorization of risk (operational, financial, data, etc.)
• Manage IT Supplier Performance by tracking performance and commitments for IT contracts; will need to review selected IT supplier performance, and evaluate suppliers beyond operational measures to improved supplier performance through formal improvement plans
• Provide IT Financial Visibility
• Communicate value proposition by providing verbal evidence of the value delivered per request
• Manage supplier spend data by helping to track IT spend at the subcategory level (HW / SW / IT Contractors), and help analyze and report on the IT spend Data to help implement automated methods of tracking IT supplier spend data
• Manage acquisition process by continuing to execute IT acquisition processes and begin to introduce self-service e-catalogs which will help adapt the IT Acquisition process on a cost-speed-risk basis.

What does the ideal candidate bring to Fluence?

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in a strategic sourcing role with IT category experience, specifically IT hardware, software, and IT professional services
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Knowledge of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Value-Added Reseller (VAR) channel marketplaces
  • Proven experience in the commercial environment with demonstrated ability for complex commercial and contractual negotiations, competitive market analysis, and ongoing supplier performance management/score cards.
  • Strong contractual knowledge and negotiation skills. Understanding of and experience in commercial contract terms and conditions
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact in a cross-functional matrix environment with all levels of executive management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Proven and keen understanding of the end-to-end RFP process within Coupa, NetSuite or SAP
At Fluence we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace; if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply!
Unlimited PTO
Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Pet Insurance
Generous 401K Match
Annual Bonus Incentive
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