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Manager of Contacts & Procurement

Location: Austin, TX

Posted: February 23, 2024

Company Description

California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) is one of the country’s leading developers of dairy digester projects. Our projects generate renewable natural gas and electricity which is used as a vehicle fuel to power clean trucks, buses, and cars. Founded in 2006, CalBio works closely with local dairy farmers, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the dairy industry to develop projects that reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs), protect local air and water quality, create local jobs, and provide a new revenue stream along with other meaningful benefits to its dairy partners. Along with its affiliates, Midwest Bioenergy, Northwest Bioenergy, and Southwest Bioenergy, CalBio is undertaking the development, construction, ownership, and operation of dozens of dairy digester projects across the country.

Position Purpose

Reporting to the Director – Research, Development & Deployment (RD&D), Manager – Procurement & Contracts will be responsible for developing and implementing procurement strategies tailored to the unique needs of the RNG industry. You will oversee the entire procurement process, from identifying suppliers to negotiating contracts for EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction), engineering services, construction contracts, and equipment purchase orders. Additionally, you will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to ensure alignment with project timelines, budgetary constraints, and quality standards.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive procurement strategy aligned with the company’s objectives and industry best practices.
  • Lead sourcing efforts to identify and evaluate potential suppliers, ensuring compliance with quality, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness criteria.
  • Conduct thorough contract negotiations for EPC, engineering services, construction contracts, and equipment purchase orders, securing favorable terms and conditions.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, fostering collaboration and driving continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Oversee vendor management activities, including performance evaluation, issue resolution, and contract compliance monitoring.
  • Implement cost optimization strategies through strategic sourcing initiatives, supplier consolidation, and contract renegotiation.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including project managers, engineers, and finance teams, to forecast procurement needs and develop procurement plans.
  • Monitor supplier performance and manage vendor relationships to mitigate risks and ensure delivery of goods and services within agreed-upon timelines.
  • Develop and implement procurement policies and procedures to streamline processes and enhance efficiency.
  • Identify opportunities for cost savings and optimization through strategic sourcing initiatives, supplier consolidation, and contract renegotiation.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards, maintaining accurate records and documentation.
  • Stay informed about market trends, supplier capabilities, and technological advancements relevant to the RNG industry, incorporating insights into procurement strategies.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or related field; master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven experience (10 years) in procurement and supply chain management, with a focus on the energy or engineering sector.
  • Demonstrated expertise in negotiating complex contracts, including EPC, engineering services, construction contracts, and equipment purchase orders.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to interpret technical specifications and requirements.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Proficiency in procurement software and ERP systems; experience with SAP, Oracle, or similar platforms preferred.
  • Strong project management skills, with the ability to multitask and prioritize competing demands in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of regulatory frameworks and compliance requirements relevant to the energy industry.
  • Certification in procurement or supply chain management (e.g., CSCP, CPSM) is a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Competitive Salary

Annual Bonus

Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance

401K Benefit Plan

Sick and Vacation Leave