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Manager, Strategic Sourcing, Wind

AES Corporation
United States, Virginia, Arlington
4300 Wilson Boulevard (Show on map)
April 04, 2024

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AES currently has two open positions as Strategic Sourcing Managers for both Wind and Solar energy.

As part of the AES global team, the Manager, Strategic Sourcing for Renewable Energy will support knowledge and best practice sharing, process-driven collaboration and full leverage of scale across AES's renewable businesses. S/he is responsible for definition, development and deployment of Supply Chain best practices across the organization.

The Manager, Strategic Sourcing will have responsibility for implementing Global Supply Chain strategies for a wind energy, leading contracting efforts across business units, and supporting Renewable generation projects across the AES businesses globally for solar. Of importance in responsibilities is the management, in coordination with leaders in different global regions, from early stages of strategy development through contract execution. This role is responsible for ensuring the safe and timely supply of reliable renewable equipment and services at optimal Total Cost of Ownership and quality to AES.

May require global/national business travel up to 25% of time.

This is remote position working from home a majority of the time.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Handle and support contracting efforts across AES renewable businesses which includes negotiating strategic supply agreements and to ensure safe and timely supply of renewable equipment for category
  • Establish and cultivate strategic relationships with renewable equipment vendors ensuring purchasing strategy (including preferred vendors, pricing, terms and conditions) leverages AES scale to the benefit of businesses in the portfolio
  • Establish and maintain best-in-class procurement processes for new renewable projects, major maintenance projects, and technology improvements to exploit the advantages of the global supply base.
  • Partner with Engineering, Construction, and Development teams to implement the unified strategy defined by the Global Supply Chain team to deliver projects on-time and under budget
  • Work with project teams and to define sourcing strategies - including the exploration of alternate sources of supply, the consolidation of requirements across AES businesses, alternative solutions or technologies, cost avoidance, inventory reduction, standardization, low cost country sourcing etc.
  • Collaborate with project teams to define cost reduction roadmaps to meet the Forward Cost Target on each individual project, applying specific sourcing optimization initiatives
  • Contribute to the leadership and the continued growth and development of the Supply Chain Department
  • Manage category "knowledge" (suppliers, supplier financial performance, total cost models and market analysis)
  • Maintain procurement documentation for contracts and manage bidding process and development for category


  • Undergraduate degree in Supply Chain/Procurement/Sourcing, Legal, Business Administration or Engineering, or technical field from accredited entity; MBA desirable
  • 5+ years of experience in Supply Chain/Procurement/Sourcing in Wind or Solar Renewable Energy Market.
  • Strong negotiations skills with extensive contract negotiation experience
  • Financial knowledge for cash-flow evaluation in a project (cost of capital, IRR, NPV).
  • Demonstrated success working to develop consensus from diverse opinions in a highly fluid and sometimes ambiguous multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to build and leverage strategic partnerships for mutual benefit
  • Knowledge and experience with sourcing/procuring power plant/utility equipment, services and construction
  • Experience in developing "Total Cost of Ownership" and other business models
  • Solid computer skills including MS Access
  • Experience in supplier qualification and supplier development
  • Knowledge of SAP MM module (desirable)
  • Knowledge of SAP Ariba (desirable)
AES is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to building strength and delivering long-term sustainability through diversity and inclusion. Respecting all backgrounds, differences and perspectives enables us to improve the lives of our people, customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we live and work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. E-Verify Notice: AES will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from each new employee's I-9 to confirm work authorization.
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