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Strategic Sourcing Specialist

North Palm Springs CA & Merkel TX

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Company Information: The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company whose mission is to improve lives by accelerating a safer and greener energy future. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 15 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2017 revenues were $11 billion and we own and manage $33 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit

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Reporting Relationships: This position reports to Renewables Supply Chain Manager


Responsibilities: The Strategic Sourcing Wind Generation Specialist will be responsible for supporting strategies brought forth by the Renewable Supple Chain Manager. Following the companies policies in procurement & and bidding instructions to ensure AES obtains all the value to reduce cost drivers while maximizing revenues through the best possible AEP in each project. Approximately up to 30% of potential national business travel required.


Specific responsibilities include:

Research analyze and coordinate with Wind Operations Staff to propose optimization alternatives (Non-Original Equipment Manufacturers-OEM Services, new markets, technology, OEM relations)

Work with internal customers to fulfill the needs of the sites for material & services

Creating Purchase orders from requisitions using SAP

Identify and evaluate potential vendors including facilitating vendor selection

Facilitate bid events for AES for 3rd party services / materials

Excellent knowledge on the technical specifications related to the nacelle, rotor, drive train, gearbox, mechanical brakes, generators/converter, towers, pitch controls, bearings, control/monitoring systems and protocols

Clear understanding of all the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical components on wind turbines as well as the main drivers for reliability performance (i.e. gearboxes)

Clear understanding of the typical maintenance plans/cycle and routines performed on the turbines right from the start up, including weather/demand conditions factors


Experience and Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3+ years of experience in Wind Power Generation/Engineering or Construction (engineering or equivalent technical field) and a track record of project development and operations. Strong analytical background with ability to build relations and great communication skills. Individuals must be able to demonstrate capabilities and succeed in the development of consensus from diverse opinions in a highly fluid and sometimes ambiguous multi-cultural environment


In addition, we expect the qualified candidate to have:

Strong contract negotiation skills

Knowledge and experience with sourcing/procuring Wind Energy equipment, services and construction

Solid computer skills, especially on Excel

Experience in supplier qualification and supplier development

Knowledge of SAP MM module (desirable)

Knowledge of SAP Ariba (desirable)


Education: Undergraduate degree preferably Mechanical/Electrical Engineering or Renewable Energy.


Compensation: Compensation for the successful candidate will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Components will include a base salary, and an incentive bonus

Start Date: As soon as possible

Travel %: 30% (Various US)



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Posted April 12, 2019

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