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Senior Technical Procurement Specialist, Power Generation

Auberry, CA, US, 93602

Requisition ID # 28861 

Job Category : Procurement / Supply Chain 

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Business Unit: Power Generation

Job Location : Auberry

Department Overview

PG&E’s Power Generation Department manages and operates the largest privately-owned hydroelectric system in the nation. These renewable electric generation resources, located mostly at high elevation in California mountain ranges including the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade mountains include 68 powerhouses, 184 miles of canals, 41 miles of flumes, 135 miles of tunnels, 19 miles of penstocks, 99 reservoirs, and 142,000 acres of watershed lands all covered by 26 operating licenses issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).


Position Summary

Provide technical support and analysis on specific technical, pricing, supplier and other critical areas regarding contracting and purchasing issues.  Work with clients to develop specifications, conduct tactical procurement activity (bid, evaluate and negotiate), and prepare procurement documents for the acquisition of goods or services in accordance with Power Generation and Sourcing Department procurement policies and Standard Practices.  Prepare and develop strategies and tactics for negotiations.  Conduct negotiations with vendors and contractors to obtain agreements.  Fully administrate contracts working closely with clients from project identification to closeout.


Requires travel up to 50% of the time.


Requires willingness to work overtime on weekdays, weekend, and holidays as needed.


Field visits may involve some or all of the following activities:

  • Ability to transverse over rock/uneven/steep terrain
  • Climbing up and down stairs and ladders
  • Exposure to insects and pests (mosquitoes, bees, spiders, snakes, ticks, rodents etc)
  • Travel on narrow and rough mountains, and/or in inclement weather conditions (dusty, rocky, muddy, snowy, icy conditions).
    Negotiates and develops purchasing contracts with suppliers.  Job responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACT DEVELOPMENT: Work collaboratively with key line of business partners and subject matter experts to develop and write contracts through negotiations and/or competitive bid processes. Examples of contract related work products include: Long and Short Form Contracts, Change Orders, Contract Work Authorizations, Request for Proposals and related reports, letters and correspondences. Ensure inclusion of effective supplier diversity language in all contracts. Support governance of contract approval process from contract creation through contract award. Review purchase orders and contracts as part of procurement approval process.   Technical Procurement Specialists may administrate all low to medium risk  service contracts less then $100,000 and coordinate with Sourcing on all high risk projects and other projects in excess of $100,000; identify and lead blanket contracting opportunities to support  civil, electrical, mechanical and various professional services in support of Hydro-Operations, maintenance and Construction; provide technical support and analysis in preparation of scope, cost, schedule, safety and environmental concerns pertinent to the contract specifications; and verify and process contract invoices. 
  • SOURCING AND NEGOTIATIONS: Develop and maintain specific knowledge and expertise, as well as familiarity with general market conditions and trends in order to conduct negotiations with contractors to establish contract terms, mitigate risk and reduce overall cost. Conduct and document market research and supplier risk analysis to verify the financial health of existing and potential suppliers. Develop and implement negotiation strategies to meet cost savings and diversity targets.
  • CLIENT ENGAGEMENT: Engage in active coordination and communication with clients and partners to understand internal business needs. Identify new opportunities to improve the overall effectiveness and service excellence to clients. Assist our internal business clients with the development and documentation of their business requirements and solutions. 
  • SUPPLIER MANAGEMENT: Develop and sustain mutually beneficial strategic relationships with suppliers. Ensure implementation of contracts. Work with suppliers to implement continuous cost and quality improvements. Seek out and develop Women, Minority, and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (WMDVBEs) to meet or exceed supplier diversity goals. Identify new opportunities for managing existing and/or developing new suppliers.
  • SAFETY:  Participate in safety initiatives improving communication, documentation, and safety performance an tracking of safety related topics pertaining to contract projects.  Perform site safety assessments with project teams prior to bid walks.  Review all construction scopes or work and include contract language in specification to promote safe completion of the work.
  • Negotiates basic contracts - typically under $100,000
  • Develops new vendor relationships




  • High School or GED-General Educational Development-GED Diploma
  • 4 years of experience in procurement or other related discipline
  • CA Class C License, or equivalent



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, Project Management, Construction Management or related field
  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams
  • Ability to utilize Ariba/SAP
  • Effective oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Understand the steps and transactions required to execute the procurement process and how to comply with internal audit process requirements
  • Advanced knowledge of contract management, insurance, IP, and state & local government laws
  • Advanced ability to plan and effectively conduct effective negotiations with suppliers to achieve the best total cost of ownership for PG&E
  • Advanced understanding of various contract forms and how to execute and manage them from inception to completion
  • Proficient in working with suppliers to ensure compliance to requirements, quality and delivery performance, and to develop and continuously improve capabilities and service
  • Advanced ability to analyze components and total cost of ownership



Our Mission

To safely and reliably deliver affordable and clean energy to our customers and communities every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.

Our Vision

With a sustainable energy future as our North Star, we will meet the challenge of climage change while providing affordable energy for all customers.

Our Culture

We put safety first.
We are accountable. We act with integrity, transparency and humility.
We are here to serve our customers.
We embrace change, innovation and continuous improvement.
We value diversity and inclusion. We speak up, listen up and follow up.
We succeed through collaboration and partnership. We are one team.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, our 24,000 employees deliver safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to nearly 16 million people throughout our Northern and Central California service area, stretching from Eureka to Bakersfield and from the Pacific Ocean to the Sierra Nevada.

More About Our Company

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Nearest Major Market: Fresno