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Supplier Diversity Manager

Company: Integrated Resources, Inc
Location: Providence
Posted on: March 11, 2023

Job Description:

Candidates should located in RI or within 50 miles of Providence. 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.

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

Job Summary:

Responsible for leading the Supplier Diversity strategy for Client (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.

Primary Responsibilities
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 Companys Tier II spend program to include opportunity identification and utilization by the companys 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 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, Womens 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 rules.
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 role.
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

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or other related areas
5-7 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: Integrated Resources, Inc, Providence , Supplier Diversity Manager, Executive , Providence, Rhode Island

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