Regional Category Manager North America, Energy Purchasing

Job location:
Home Based - United States
Created moment:
December 9, 2022
Job reference:
REQ - 06653

The Company

The world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide, Imerys delivers high value-added, functional solutions to diversified set of industrial sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its knowledge of applications, technological expertise and its material science know-how to deliver solutions based on beneficiation of its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. These contribute essential properties to customers’ products and performance, including refractoriness, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.

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The Position

Regional Category Manager North America, Energy Purchasing

Job Summary

The Position

Regional Category Manager - Energy Purchasing, North America


Home based, near a major US Airport

Job Summary

IMERYS spends approximately 80 M€/y on Energy in North America. This spend is done via external suppliers in each country, which includes wholesale energy price, transportation, distribution and taxation; all of which require management, performance and knowledge.


3.5 TWh/y of Energy: through electricity, natural gas, biomass, coal, fuel.

3 Countries: United States of America, Mexico, Canada.

50 industrial plants.

The role will support Group IMERYS Energy Purchasing, working closely with the rest of the energy team, local buyers, operations and technical leaders.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Source Energy for Imerys plants with competitive rate and reliable supply

  • Negotiate energy contracts and sourcing with proactivity and knowledge

  • Implement hedging with adapted market monitoring. Ensure price risks are mitigated

  • Do tariff optimisation for accounts in regulated energy markets (Southern Company, PG&E, etc.). Manage relationships with regulated utility contacts and proactively seek new rate opportunities and available efficiency incentives

  • Do tax exemptions, subsidies, ensure transport and distribution are optimized

  • Assist plants and businesses in auditing energy invoices for accuracy

  • Manage or assist plants in procurement of other local energy sources propane. CNG, diesel, gasoline coal, petcoke, biomass, CHP

  • Evaluate Demand Response opportunities. Present participation recommendations as appropriate (load shifting, peak shaving, demand response)

  • Implement alternative energies to decrease cost & carbon footprint: renewables (PPA, certificates), CHP, biomass

  • Find partnerships for energy asset generation: define and negotiate PPA

  • Track energy legislation by country

  • Drive on-going improvements with major providers through Supplier Relationship Management process (SRM), including periodic meetings which include problem solving, cost reduction, maintenance objectives, plant shutdown support, etc.

  • Identify, manage and execute sourcing projects in energy related areas to drive down costs, optimize rate structures and ensure uninterrupted service to IMERYS’ plant operations

  • Assisting plants and businesses in auditing energy invoices for accuracy

  • Working closely with operations/plants, energy providers and consultants to optimize energy consumption through technical projects

  • Act as a pulse check and voice of the internal customer (mine manager / site manager/operations director) to the on-going category management approach of Energy category

  • Implement best practices; collaborate with colleagues to share knowledge and learning to fuel continuous improvement

Required Experience, Skills & Education

  • Minimum of 7 years progressive experience in the broad energy sector in North America, with an industrial emphasis; understands global energy drivers

  • Strong understanding of regulated energy tariff structures

  • Ability to turn complex data and cost structures into actionable recommendations

  • Understanding of energy markets in USA, Canada, and Mexico, global drivers, regional issues

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Engineering or Business - Master’s in Business, Industrial or consulting background is a bonus

  • Strong negotiation skills

  • Strategy and anticipation thinking / Operational

  • Pedagogic and capacity to elaborate presentations with impact

  • Project management skills: organized, time conscious, result oriented

Position Type

Full time



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