Region Category Manager/Senior Specialist-Energy

Imerys - Atlanta, GA4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $81,000 - $120,000 a year
The Company
Imerys is a world leader in creating specialty solutions that improve everyday life through minerals. Our success is built on our people, and creating an environment where our 18,300 employees around the globe can thrive.
We passionately believe that our teams are at their best when they have the opportunity to learn, collaborate and find new ways to solve our customers’ challenges, no matter what part of the business they are in.
We can offer you a variety of work and real opportunities to make an impact and be part of our evolution.
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The Position
Region Category Manager/Senior Specialist-Energy
Job Summary
The North America Energy Category Manager is in charge of managing or overseeing/approving all energy-related purchases in the North America region, which includes:

Electrical energy, both regulated and deregulated markets
understand and monitor tariff rates and options by region, fuel-related costs, rate changes, etc. and leverage this knowledge for cost reduction opportunities across the region
negotiate contracts for electrical power; monitor these contracts for compliance and timing of expiration
work closely with plants, energy providers and consultants to optimize energy consumption through technical projects
lead a regional team to recommend hedging opportunities in deregulated markets
assist in the development of alternative sources of energy, such as wind, solar and biomass
assist plants and businesses in auditing energy invoices for accuracy
provide timely budget guidance to the businesses
Natural gas, deregulated markets
Includes contracts for sourcing from the hub
delivery through regional pipeline
local delivery and service
monitoring interruptions, OFO’s
lead a regional team to monitor and recommend hedging opportunities
Manage or assist plants in procurement of other local energy sources
propane. CNG, diesel, gasoline
coal, petcoke
Manage energy consultant relationships, by US region, as needed
Drive on-going improvements with major providers through Supplier Relationship Management process (SRM), including periodic meetings which include problem solving, cost reduction, maintenance objectives, plant shutdown support, etc.
She/he will drive change to lead the region from a siloed, BU-centered operations/purchasing organization to a global-led strategic sourcing function, based on category management approach and driven by strategies set by Group (Corporate) Purchasing

This individual will implement common processes, metrics and reporting across her/his area based on the Imerys Group Purchasing Policy and energy strategy.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Identify, manage and execute sourcing projects in energy-related areas within North America to drive down costs, optimize rate structures and ensure uninterrupted service to Imerys’ plant operations.
Lead a cross-business area team to oversee the overall energy program for North America, under the policies and standards of the Group Energy Manager and with direction from the North America Purchasing Director; includes hedging recommendations, consultant agreements, new ideas for innovative energy solutions, etc
Based on direction from Group Energy Manager and Global Purchasing, follow and implement purchasing policy, category strategy/program/processes, and purchasing or energy management tools/software.
Actively manage any energy consultants used in the region; work actively to minimize the need for such consulting
Act as a pulse check and voice of the internal customer (mine manager / site manager/operations director) to the ongoing category management approach of Energy category.
Develop key regional supplier relationship management (SRM) program under the umbrella of global Purchasing SRM program, ensuring integration of these programs with the Business Area priorities.
Manage associated regional contract, price application/control, periodic contract review (to quantify supplier performance)
Drive operations team to manage energy consumption actively and participate in contractual cost/continuous improvement program to deliver value for the business.

Skills and Attributes Requirements:
This position will require a candidate with:
established expertise in the broad energy sector in North America, with an industrial emphasis; understands global energy drivers
Experience in leading regional projects based on category management concepts and group purchasing approach desired
Excellent, demonstrated collaboration and relationship-building skills required; relationships will be extensive
Ability to collaborate with strong, defined technical resources, engineers and leaders, as well as plant operations leaders
Strong analytical skills – spreadsheets, software tools, etc.

Education/Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering (or related field) required
Master’s degree desired
5-10 years’ advanced experience in purchasing, with direct experience in energy management and procurement is required; consulting background a plus
MS office Suite (or Google documents)
Experience in leading regional projects based on category management concepts and Corporate purchasing approach desired
Position Type
Full time

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