Supply Chain Sourcing Specialist, IT

Location: 

Houston, Texas, US, 77007

Job ID#:  701
Job Category:  Procurement
Position Type:  Regular FT

JERA Americas Inc. is part of a global energy company, supporting the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable world while fulfilling our responsibility to provide a safe and stable supply of reliable and affordable energy. The Company is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based JERA, which stands for Japan's Energy for a New Era. JERA has committed to achieving net zero CO2 emissions from its businesses by 2050 and is contributing to the development of a sustainable society.

JERA Americas seeks to continue its rapid expansion into renewable energy markets focusing on wind, solar, and cutting-edge technologies for hydrogen production and transportation. To meet the challenges of a fast-growing company, we are searching for talented individuals who thrive in a fast-paced environment and want to be part of the equation to provide energy for a new era.

Summary

Summary/Objective

 

The Supply Chain Sourcing Specialist, IT is responsible for supporting Supply Chain operations focused primarily on technology solutions, sourcing for the Business, and ensuring Business requirements are achieved. This role will work closely with the function leaders, as well as other key stakeholders to optimize costs, enhance service levels, and support technology initiatives.

Position Description

Essential Functions

 

  • Develop and implement sourcing strategies for IT goods and services in alignment with Business requirements
  • Manage end-to-end procurement process, including creation and management of Requests for Proposals, Quotes, and Information
  • Identify, evaluate, and select IT vendors that meet the Company’s supplier pre-qualifications
  • Build and maintain relationships with key IT suppliers
  • Draft, review, and manage IT procurement contracts
  • Ensure all contracts are aligned with company policies and regulatory requirements
  • Monitor and manage supplier performance and compliance to obligations
  • Oversee contract lifecycle, from initiation to renewal or terminations
  • Conduct cost analysis and identify cost-saving opportunities
  • Negotiate pricing and terms to achieve optimal value for the Company
  • Identify and mitigate risks associated with IT procurement and supplier relationships
  • Participate in process improvement initiatives to enhance procurement efficiency and effectiveness
  • Stay updated on best practices in IT sourcing and procurement
  • Support ICT Project Management team in implantation efforts as needed
  • Other special projects and duties as assigned

Position Description Continued

Competencies

 

  • Strong understanding of IT products, services, emerging technologies, and market dynamics
  • Ability to analyze market data, vendor performance, and procurement metrics to make informed decisions
  • Aptitude for identifying problems and developing effective solutions in procurement processes
  • Strong negotiation and expertise in drafting, reviewing, and managing procurement contracts
  • Skills in building and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers
  • Understanding of budgeting and financial principles related to procurement
  • Adaptable to changing market conditions and organizational needs
  • Ability to influence decision-making processes and drive procurement initiatives

Qualifications

Required Education and Experience

 

  • A bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Information Technology, Business Administration, or a related field
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in IT procurement or supply chain sourcing
  • Proven experience in managing RFP processes and vendor negotiations

 

Preferred Education and Qualifications

 

  • Professional certification (e.g., CPM, CPSM, CSCP, CIPS, PMP)
  • Knowledge of complex software licensing models and pricing structures
  • Experience with digital transformation projects and cloud-based solutions
  • Proficiency in procurement software and tools (e.g., ERP systems, e-sourcing platforms).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements and compliance standards related to IT procurement

Qualifications Continued

Supervisory Responsibility

 

This role has no direct reports.

 

Work Environment

 

This job operates in both a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines and personal protective equipment as may be required during plant visits.

 

Physical Demands

 

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

 

Primary Work Location

USA-Texas-Houston

 

Expected Hours of Work

 

Days and hours of work are established between the employee and the supervisor

 

Travel

 

Some travel is expected for this position, such as industry conferences.

AP/EEO Statement

JERA Americas Inc. provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, the company takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics.


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