Utilities Service, LLC Strategic Sourcing Leader in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Asplundh Tree Expert LLC is the preeminent leader in the United States in providing professional and cost-effective vegetation management and other utility related services. Since its founding in 1928, Asplundh has earned its reputation for providing top quality, cost-effective line clearance services to electric utilities and municipalities throughout North America. Safety management on the job is also an integral component of the business that clearly distinguishes Asplundh. With about 35,000 employees serving customers, Asplundh’s equipment and people resources are unequaled in the industry. Over the last 90 years, the company has remained privately owned and operated by the founding Asplundh family and their descendants. Asplundh remains in very strong financial health and it is poised to continue to perform at a high level. In just the last 10 years, revenues have grown from $2.2 billion to over $3.5 billion.
Line clearance services (i.e. keeping tree branches away from overhead utility lines and rights-of-way) provided to utility companies and local and state municipalities is still the core of Asplundh’s business, accounting for two-thirds of revenues. Customers include hundreds of utilities and municipalities around the country, and Asplundh has the right equipment to handle any vegetation management program, such as distribution line clearance trimming and removals, transmission right-of-way trimming, selective and controlled use of herbicides, right-of-way clearing for new service, and emergency storm service.
In addition to line clearance, Asplundh provides a much wider range of specialized services including utility construction, pole maintenance, street lighting and traffic controls, meter services and underground locating through its wholly owned subsidiary Utilicon Solutions, Inc.
Over the last 2 years, the Company has entered Landscape Management by acquiring small companies in key geographic areas. Landscape Management is a larger overall market than Vegetation Management and Utility Construction and is based on similar operating principles of managing people and equipment in the execution of recurring work. The Company expects to continue to expand in this space through acquisition and organic growth.
The position of Strategic Sourcing Leader reports to the Strategic Sourcing Manager in Supply Chain Management. This person will also work closely with department heads, Vice Presidents & Region Managers, and vendors. This new Strategic Sourcing Leader position within Supply Chain Management provides a unique and exciting opportunity for the right person to make significant changes by using data driven strategic sourcing methodology to focus on total cost of ownership and achieving the best value for Asplundh.
Develop, plan, and manage strategic sourcing programs to meet objectives on price, quality, delivery, and service to the field.
Collaborate with regional managers and other departments in setting challenging operational goals that help supplement regional profitability targets.
Lead cross-functional teams to execute strategic sourcing opportunities using appropriate technology, individual accountability and cost reduction targets.
Manage contractual negotiations with key suppliers.
Partner with strategic suppliers to identify improvement opportunities and implement enhancements to ensure successful program rollout and continuous improvement.
Provide analytical support for top-management reporting such as savings reports, compliance reports, supplier performance etc.
Anticipated travel after the initial start is expected to be up to 10%
Educational and Professional Qualifications
BA/BS degree in related quantitative field such as supply chain, business, accounting, economics, engineering etc. and five years strategic sourcing experience with progressive increase in responsibilities, CPSM a plus
Proven track record of delivering measurable tangible results such as year-over-year cost reduction, improved quality and delivery performance etc.
Experience in leading multiple-step structured strategic sourcing processes with data-driven processes such as category profile, market research, supplier analysis, RFI/RFP, reverse auction, bid analysis, contract negotiation, implementation, continuous improvement, etc.
Strong negotiation skills preferably with experience in one or more of the areas: chemicals, tools/equipment, electrical supplies, construction material and equipment, fleet, IT, and indirect material etc.
Strong analytical capabilities using Excel, Access, Smartsheet, Tableau, etc.
Experience in managing supplier performance, developing and tracking KPIs through scorecard processes
Must have a high degree of personal and professional ethics, and integrity.
Self-starter who take leads with minimal supervision, a resourceful and creative thinker who can collect and synthesize information from multiple discrete sources to create actionable insight and execute programs to fruition.
Strong communicator who can build relationships, influence direction and successfully lead change management in a highly decentralized environment.
Strategic by nature, you must be results oriented and have the ability to assess and understand different business needs among regions and create solutions
Must be able to handle multiple projects and changing priorities
Must be able to respond to unplanned critical events resulting in increased workload, which may require work in addition to normal working hours
Someone who demonstrates outstanding interpersonal, communication, organizational and project management skills
This individual needs to be dynamic and energetic; someone who is willing to take ownership of the projects and see to fruition
Strong tendency to learn and grow, individual who is passionate about innovation and recreating themselves constantly
Commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience, an excellent compensation package is available consisting of base salary, annual performance bonus, medical/dental/disability and life insurance coverage. More details will follow at the appropriate time.
Rarely = less than 10%
Occasionally =up to 33%
Frequently = up to 66%
Continously = 67% to 100%
Range of Motion: Occasionally
Hearing - Speech Range: Frequently
Depth Perception: Rarely
Body Twisting: Occasionally
Color Vision: Rarely
Sense of Touch: Frequently
Manual Dexterity: Frequently
Speaking Clearly: Frequently
Seeing Distant: Rarely
Climbing Ladders: Rarely
Climbing On/Off Truck: Rarely
Climbing Stairs: Occasionally
Lifting up to 10 lbs: Rarely
Lifting over 10 lbs to 50 lbs: Rarely
Lifting up to 50 lbs: Rarely
Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without a reasonable accommodation. Individuals with a disability who desire a reasonable accommodation should contact the ADA Coordinator at 1-800-248-8733, ext 1339.
An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and vets.