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Manager, Supply Diversity (Hybrid)

Company: PPL Corporation
Location: Providence
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Company Summary Statement PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a leading U.S. energy company focused on providing electricity and natural gas safely, reliably, and affordably to more than 2.5 million customers in the U.S. PPL's high-performing, award-winning utilities - Louisville Gas and Electric, Kentucky Utilities and PPL Electric Utilities - provide an outstanding service experience for our customers, consistently ranking among the best in the U.S. Our companies are addressing energy challenges head-on by building smarter, more resilient and more dynamic power grids and advancing sustainable energy solutions. PPL provides energy for millions of customers while providing challenging and rewarding careers for thousands of employees.
Responsible for leading the Supplier Diversity strategy for Rhode Island Energy (RIE) to ensure the procurement process within Supply Chain will provide opportunities to all categories (MBE/WBE/Veterans/SB/SDB/Disability-Owned Businesses, etc.) of diverse suppliers. This includes all of the groups so stated within the federal guidelines for managing a diverse supply base. Responsible to incorporate Supplier Diversity as a natural part of the sourcing process. Communicate opportunities both formally and informally to the diverse supplier base and the diversity team. Maintain a focus on increasing spend with targeted categories and implementing programs that promote the growth, development and mentoring of diverse suppliers. Analyze current spend with a constant feel for what projects the operating units/staffs intend to source. Align strategic sourcing initiatives and work closely with all sourcing teams to understand decisions being made within Supply Chain. Enhance data collection with necessary resources to avoid misconceptions to what is a procurement initiative or not. Maintain processes related to the collection and retention of certifications for all diverse suppliers in the Supply Chain to ensure accurate counts for all diverse categories and commodities within each Business Unit.

  • Set goals and have a process for measuring and reporting each operating units' Supplier Diversity goal
  • Identify and help select the best Diverse suppliers to participate in qualified bid events throughout the company
  • Provide resources to assist in the growth and development of diverse suppliers within our supplier base
  • Identify opportunities for additional business through the entire procurement process
  • Oversee the continuous evaluation and improvement of individual diverse suppliers
  • Recommend qualified diverse suppliers to participate in competitive sourcing initiatives across all business units
  • Provide mentoring and feedback to diverse suppliers regarding their bid submissions
  • Develop and oversee the Company's Tier II spend program to include opportunity identification and utilization by the company's prime business partners and ongoing spend data gathering processes required to monitor and measure progress; work closely with Company Project Managers to ensure participation of diverse businesses in all major construction projects in a Tier II capacity
  • Participate as a key member of company diversity and inclusion activities
  • Develop a supplier mentorship program to assist diverse suppliers to grow and do business PPL companies
  • Interact with the diverse business community through conferences, trade fairs and other events to help develop knowledge of the utility industry supplier base and serve as a key contact at external/internal events
  • Align with strategic sourcing initiatives and gather support from other elements to help support the program
  • Develop a communications/working network with external third-party providers that promote development and opportunities for diverse businesses at local, regional or national levels and represent the company as appropriate. Organizations to include, but not limited to the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women's Business Enterprise National Council, SBA and Edison Electric Institute along with other groups that may provide networking opportunities focused on diverse spend and supplier development
  • Oversee the continuous improvement of the Supplier Diversity initiatives (Tier II, Mentorship, Staff Training Modules, Goal Setting and Reporting and Organization Outreach)
  • Ensure that the Federal, State and local Government commitments are met and reported in a timely manner.
  • Conduct supplier reviews with business units' senior leaders and internal executives to ensure alignment of future strategies
  • Manage a comprehensive annual budget for advocacy groups, memberships, sponsorships, and related expenses
  • Lead/Participate in various special project teams and industry groups on behalf of company
  • Research, assess and implement new industry best practices with benchmarking other utility organizations
  • Ensure alignment of program with overall corporate DE&I strategies
  • If applicable, in-person supervision of employees to ensure compliance with FLSA wage and hour issues as well as to monitor compliance with safety
  • Physical presence in the office/on-site to engage in face-to-face interaction and coordination of work among direct reports and co-workers as necessary
  • May be assigned an emergency and storm This is a special assignment that comes into play during storms and other emergencies when the company needs to restore power or respond to other issues affecting customer service. This role may necessitate the need to work after-hours, outside of your normal schedule.
  • This role may support other operating companies as needed.
  • Maintain supplier database for local and diverse suppliers qualified to do business with company
  • Ensure validity and accurate of supplier certifications

    Business Line Specific Requirements Travel: Must be willing to travel up to 20-30% to other PPL sites and third-party conferences/meetings, as needed.
    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or other related areas
    • Minimum of five years' experience in Supply Chain Management, Supplier Diversity and Procurement
    • Superior oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to network and collaborate internally and externally in multi-cultural environment and attend multiple advocacy conferences (NMSDC, WBENC, EEI, Disability: IN, NVSBD)
    • Work experience in related areas such as Direct/Indirect Purchasing, Supplier Diversity Management, Reporting and Business Integration
    • Possess both strong communications and Presentation skills (oral/written) and be able to effectively network with a variety of people at various levels within the company, supply base and business community

      -Preferred Qualifications

      • Master's Degree in Business Administration or other related fields (Supply Chain/Procurement)
      • Well-developed networking, negotiation and collaboration skills are a must Understand and be able interpret Corporate policy along with Federal, State and local policy as they apply to Supplier Diversity for accurate reporting and compliance that are required Interface experience with Supplier Diversity Advocacy organizations Work experience within the Supply Chain Procurement process as a Commodity Manager

Keywords: PPL Corporation, Providence , Manager, Supply Diversity (Hybrid), Executive , Providence, Rhode Island

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