Senior Category Leader, San Ramon, CA

San Ramon, California
23 Oct 2016
08 Jan 2017
Oil and Gas
Contract Type
Full Time

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Department Overview

The Sourcing organization is the functional lead for the procurement of materials and services at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The department collaborates with internal clients and suppliers managing $5 billion of annual company spend to develop mutually beneficial total cost solutions for goods and services. The department provides the following services to internal clients: procurement of goods and services, strategic sourcing and cost savings, contract management, supplier relationship management, supplier diversity planning, execution and outreach, compliance management, ongoing procurement field support and management of the procure to pay cycle.

Position Summary

The Senior Category Lead position develops and manages one or more sourcing spend categories typically up to $250 million and is responsible for effective contract management of all Tier 1 contracts associated with the categories. The Senior Category Lead position develops strategic category plans to optimize cost savings, service excellence, diversity spend and total cost of ownership for the categories. He or she will effectively influence LOBs, including senior leadership, to achieve understanding, acceptance, and commitment of sourcing strategies. This position works with the Line of Business (LOB) to develop, source, and negotiate major contracts. He or she plays a key role in the Supplier Relationship Management and Scorecard process.


- 5 years of supply chain or procurement experience
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required (one year of experience for every one year of college)

- MBA or equivalent advanced degree
- Six Sigma, CPSM, or related certificate
- 6 years of work experience in the areas of procurement, sourcing and/or contract management
- Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
- Ability to lead cross-functional teams
- Ability to identify and resolve problems and implementation barriers
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills
- Project management or utility experience
- Ability to work on multiple issues and tasks
- Ability to influence senior leadership decision making and strategy


- Lead the development of category strategies of low to medium complexity.
- Manage top tier suppliers.
- Lead cross-functional team through strategic sourcing process and development/execution of negotiation strategies for low to medium complexity spend categories.
- Maintain awareness of industry and market trends through ongoing research.
Conduct and document market research and supplier risk analysis to verify the financial health of existing and potential suppliers.
- Create and maintain category plans.
Develop and sustain mutually beneficial strategic relationships with tier 1 and 2 suppliers.
- Develop and review performance data with suppliers; work with suppliers to drive ongoing value discovery.