Team Lead Category Management – Hybrid

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what’s next in energy. When our employees say “I am energy,” it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We reward our highly hardworking and dedicated teams and give them the support they need to ensure their safety, wellness and financial security for themselves and their families.

If you enjoy challenges, have strong communication skills and are passionate about the work you do we invite you to consider Alliant Energy. 

What sets us apart?

  • Alliant Energy offers a full compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Employer Cash Contribution, Long and Short-Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance. 
  • ​Year after year, Alliant Energy is recognized by major publications and foundations as a top employer and leader in the areas of equity and sustainability. This includes Newsweek’s list of Most Responsible Companies, Forbes list of Best Midsize Employers, a perfect Corporate Equality Index Score as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and being named to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index.  
  • Our employees make a difference through their work and personal activities. In 2021, employees, retirees and our charitable foundation collectively contributed $11.5 million and volunteered over 75,000 hours.  

Alliant Energy has a phenomenal opportunity for a Team Lead Category Management to join our team.

If you enjoy solving puzzles and are always to looking to learn something new, then you will want to look into this role. We are responsible for the integration of internal client initiatives, strategy, and business direction with supply management. You will lead and cultivate strategic partnerships with both the client and vendors to build new value for the company by advancing business objectives.

This is a hybrid position and will work remotely and report to the Cedar Rapids, IA or Madison, WI office on average of twice per week. Candidates must reside in either Iowa or Wisconsin.

Job Responsibilities

  • Owns the development of comprehensive category strategies that align with partner goals and strategies by applying market intelligence, demand management, sustainability, supplier diversity and total cost of ownership.
  • Mentors and coaches staff to maintain alignment with strategy and goals.
  • Provide recommendations and support programs to evaluate new and existing vendors as well as their products and services across business organizations.
  • Development of strategic portfolio management plans to promote value creation both through decreasing costs (via improved vendor selection and management, as well as process efficiencies) and growing top-line growth.
  • Develops strategic plans in conjunction with client groups to meet ongoing sourcing needs. Facilitates routine business review meetings with business unit subject matter specialists and managers and key suppliers. Provides coaching and mentoring for team strategic plan development.
  • Handles contractual negotiations. Ensures that accurate governance of and compliance to corporate and legal guidelines are met. Manages multi-million dollar sourcing and supply chain spend for designated area of support.
  • Ensures the work within assigned area is completed in a manner that supports customer needs while meeting organizational goals and values.
  • Acts as the point of contact for customer needs including the RFP process and contract management. Works seamlessly with supply chain contract management and business performance teams in order to project completion.
  • Develops excellent, interactive and consultative relationships with internal customers and external vendors.
  • Keeps current in knowledge and understanding of company procedures, industry trends, and regulatory and legal requirements.
  • Performs all management duties, including budgeting, hiring, performance reviews, coordinating and scheduling work, salary recommendations, ensure employees report to work fit for duty, leadership, grievance resolution, mentor, counseling, and modeling Alliant Energy’s Values at all times.

Required Qualifications:

  • 7 years of related experience in supply chain, project management, business administration, or other related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Masters Degree, Emphasis in business administration, supply chain management, engineering or related area Preferred
  • Certification Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation
  • Collaboration experience, including tracking and reporting project status from start to finish, as well as gaining trust and confidence of internal and external personnel.
  • Proficiency in influencing projects and decisions without direct authority
  • Ability to guide collaborative projects with suppliers to deliver value, efficiencies and/or improvements in safety and quality.
  • Excellent people, analytic, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience balancing multiple high-profile projects simultaneously and ability to take ownership of assigned projects.

It’s not just what we do; it’s how we do it.

Live Safety. Everyone. Always | Make Things Better | Care For Others | Do The Right Thing | Act For Tomorrow | Think Beyond. Be Bold

Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. 

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check. 

The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email


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