Sr. Supplier Diversity Specialist

Job Description

WGL is seeking an experienced Senior Supplier Diversity Specialist to develop and support market strategies and provide technical support and industry knowledge for all aspects of the supplier diversity program. The ideal candidate identifies opportunities to expand supplier diversity procurement using benchmarking data, best practices and external board representations to achieve corporate goals. Represents the company to external organizations and public service commissions.

Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Develops strategies for all aspects of the supplier diversity program, including annual supplier diversity plans and compliance with corporate and regulatory supplier diversity goals.
  • Executes high-level strategies and specific work plans as required in the merger commitment to achieve the aspirational goal to source 35% of non-gas spend with diverse suppliers within 10 years.
  • Researches, identifies and leads implementation of best industry practices.
  • Administers the tier 2 locator supplier diversity database, including managing and monitoring the Washington Gas supplier diversity registration process and analyzing and generating tier 2 reports detailing prime suppliers spend, type of usage and cost associated with certified diverse vendors.
  • Performs annual audit on all spend reported for inclusion in government regulated reports.
  • Creates and maintains Washington Gas's tier 2 supplier diversity program and works directly with the prime suppliers to drive tier 2 efforts and build network of diverse supplier utilization.
  • Represents the Company at supplier diversity trade shows and external events to heighten program awareness and strengthen vendor engagement and relationships.
  • Maintains and monitors a strategic plan that serves to advance supplier diversity initiatives internally and externally for the tier 1 and tier 2 diverse suppliers by identifying and providing qualified diverse firms for strategic sourcing.
  • Assists vendors in obtaining diversity certification and monitors certification status updates.
  • Develops and manages all supplier diversity and supply chain communications including website content, registration portal, tier 2 portal and membership affiliation updates.
  • Educates and trains internal and external audiences to expand supplier diversity knowledge and engagement opportunities to increase diverse spend.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Communications, Public Relations or related field
  • 5+ Years of experience in supplier diversity and communications
  • Proven ability to establish rapport and effective working relationships with business partners, supervisors, peers and external audiences.
  • Experience with computer software and applications, including Microsoft Office, Advanced Excel and CVM Solutions for data management and reporting purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing minority outreach strategy, writing program plans, development and delivery of program training modules.
  • Experience reviewing policy, legislative, regulatory requirements.
  • Strong knowledge of general supply chain principles in the utility and energy industries.

WGL is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled