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Principal Category Leader - Flexible Location, CA

LocationConcord, California;

Requisition ID # 117502 

Job Category : Procurement / Supply Chain 

Job Level : Manager/Principal

Business Unit: Supply Chain/Materials

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 $10 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, 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

Preferred work location is San Ramon, but San Francisco and Concord may be considered.  Final work location will be determined between the hiring leader and successful candidate.

You will develop and manage one or more sourcing spend categories and manage all contracts associated with them; develop strategic category plans to optimize cost savings, service excellence, diversity spend and total cost of ownership for the categories; effectively influence Lines of Business (LOB) including senior leadership to achieve understanding, acceptance, and commitment of sourcing strategies; and work with LOBs to develop, source, and negotiate major contracts and play a key role in the Supplier Relationship Management/Scorecard process.


  • Subject matter expert for particular commodities or services in the industry.
  • Lead the development of high complexity category strategies.
  • Lead cross-functional team through strategic sourcing process and development/execution of negotiation strategies for high complexity spend categories
  • Work with senior management to support strategic planning and decision-making at the officer level.
  • Develop and review performance data with suppliers. Works with suppliers to drive ongoing value discovery.
  • Develop and sustain mutually beneficial strategic relationships with category and cross-portfolio suppliers.
  • Maintain awareness of industry and market trends through ongoing research commodities by working with the industry on best practices.
  • Create and maintain category plans.
  • Conduct and document market research and supplier risk analysis to verify the financial health of existing and potential suppliers



  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, supply chain management or job-related discipline, or equivalent experience
  • 8 years of experience in supply chain or job-related field


  • 10 years of work experience in procurement or sourcing
  • MBA or Master’s degree in a job-related discipline
  • Lean Six Sigma certification (LSS)
  • Project Management Professional certification (PMP)
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) from Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
  • Competency in building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals
  • Competency in building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Knowledge of database and information systems – e.g., ARIBA, SCADA, EMS, OMT, OIS, SAP, ERP, COSO, Teradata, COBIT, QuestionMark - as needed to perform at the job level.
  • Competency in applying project management theories, concepts, methods, best practices, and techniques as needed to perform at the job level
  • Competency in leading cross-functional teams and to manage projects of high complexity
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office
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