Senior Procurement Specialist

Posted Date: Jun 26, 2024

Location: Mechanicsburg, PA, US, 17055

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  106274 


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About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

***This position can report to any office within the Pennsylvania American Water footprint***

The successful candidate of the Senior Procurement Specialist - Construction will have experience working with Engineers to secure construction services for capital projects ranging in value from $50M to $150M. This position is expected to lead a project team through the sourcing, negotiation, and contract award process in support of the overall company capital plan. Seeking a talented individual with construction procurement experience who understands how to source, negotiate, and contract using various construction delivery models which drive to the lowest total cost of ownership. 


The Senior Procurement Specialist manages the sourcing of goods, services, and projects while continuously identifying and implementing opportunities to lower total cost of ownership. This position performs services on high level capital and expense categories or may manage a category of goods and services spend between $50M and $150M per year.  This position is expected to make a contribution to meeting company total cost of ownership reduction goals.


Key Accountabilities

  • Prepare bid packages, statement of work documents, and requests (RFP/RFI) according to specifications and business requirements while supporting business with all commercial needs including dispute resolution and contract interpretation.
  • Build, lead, and maintain development of sourcing strategies from project identification through close-out including alternative sourcing options.
  • Build and maintain Supplier/Contractor relationships with the objective of reducing total costs, increasing productivity, and eliminating inefficiencies in the supply chain.
  • Lead cross functional teams to develop and implement category and supplier initiatives resulting in process efficiencies, total cost of ownership (TCO) savings in line with business goals
  • Drive use of spend analytics and market research in order to develop profiles for assigned category(s).
  • Drive development of KPI’s for both supplier and category performance while using subject matter expertise and supplier industry knowledge to establish "should cost" models, identify opportunities, and drive supplier negotiations.
  • Drive collaborative relationships with business, state leadership and business operations management in order to gather feedback, understand issues, recognize opportunities, and influence category strategies.


  • Analytical problem solving skills to produce best product/service at lowest total cost of ownership within required time frames.
  • Business acumen to analyze commercial business, procurement issues and risk management issues with continuous improvement mindset.
  • Knowledge of sourcing strategies, and methodologies related to service and construction procurement.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written presentation form.
  • Ability work in a collaborative team environment within Supply Chain and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of SAP (Preferred).
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office Products.
  • Understanding of Lean / Six Sigma concepts and tools.
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments effectively.
  • Knowledge of relevant supply markets and understanding of sources of supply market intelligence.
  • Experience analyzing industry trends and conditions to inform sourcing strategies.
  • Knowledge and ability to utilize e procurement tools effectively. 


  • Minimum 6 years’ total work experience.
  • Minimum 4 years’ of construction procurement or category management experience Utility procurement experience a plus.
  • Experience working in matrixed organizations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • CPM or CPSM preferred - Other supply chain certifications a plus.

Travel Requirements

  • Travel Required 10-20%.
  • Valid driver's license required.


  • If hired for position with oversight for capital projects, 3 years’ experience in capital project procurement (preferably within water/wastewater industry) required.

Work Environment

  • Indoor office environment.


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