Senior Sourcing Specialist

California Water Service | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $87,200 - $159,300 anually
Open Date: 09/02/2021
Close Date: 09/16/2021

Position Description

California Water Service Group invites you to pursue a career in the water industry with the third largest publicly traded water utility in the United States. Our mission is to be the leading provider of water and wastewater services. We’re committed to improving the quality of life for our customers, communities, stockholders, and employees. To achieve that, we align our hiring strategies with the company’s core values of integrity, service, value, health and safety, respect and collaboration, and corporate citizenship so that we can provide quality, service, and value to all of these groups.

Our commitment to our employees is evident, as we have been named a Top Workplace in the Bay Area for nine years in a row and designated as a Great Place to Work®, and Cal Water was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Water Utilities in the West” by J.D. Power in its inaugural water utility satisfaction study.

Job Description:

The Senior Sourcing Specialist coordinates and negotiates on behalf of the Company the purchases of materials, supplies, services, and equipment based on defined business requirements. This position is located at Customer Support Services (Company Headquarters) in San Jose, California.

Position Qualifications


Directs or plays key role in major sourcing activities including commercial analysis, RFx (Request for Information, Request for Quote, Request for Proposal), proposal evaluation, award decision, negotiation, and contracting; ensures achievement of the best value to the Company

Coordinates with departments and districts to create Scope of Work, define business requirements, qualify suppliers, and issue solicitations

Interfaces with suppliers to understand service capabilities, negotiates price and commercial terms, and resolve issues; manages supplier performance collaboratively with key internal stakeholders

Works with key business functions to perform strategic sourcing studies, forecasts and cost projection; lead or coordinate strategic sourcing effort for critical materials and services that have a major impact on business strategy and operations such as construction or professional service master contracts

Works with functions such as Legal, Engineering and Operations on contracts, ensures terms and conditions are supported, formally agreed to and authorized

Interprets contract provisions and resolves disputes; provides advice to management on contractual implications of the Company’s or suppliers’ actions

Provides functional direction and training in procurement activities to other employees

Works with Supplier Diversity Program Manager to support sourcing strategies designed to increase utilization of diverse suppliers

Assists in the identification, evaluation, and implementation of technology to support procurement practices

Complies with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) regulations, and Procurement Policy as required; assists the Procurement Manager in enforcing the policy

Attends meetings and training as directed by the Company

Performs other similar duties as assigned


Bachelor Degree in Business, Finance, Marketing or related field and/or equivalent relevant experience

Five years of experience as a procurement professional or contract administrator

Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) / Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) or other certifications in procurement or supply chain preferred

Experience in utility or construction industry preferred

Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications

Proficient in the use of an enterprise-wide procurement system

Valid California Driver License

Upon hire, must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status

Salary Range: $87,200 - $159,300
Deadline to submit resume is Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Equal Opportunity Policy of the Company is based upon the philosophy that all people should be treated fairly and with dignity. California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service and Washington Water Service do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected class. The Company makes all employment decisions in a non-discriminatory manner. EOE, VET, DISABILITIES.

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