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Supplier Diversity & Development Specialist

Location: Rapid City, SD, United States
Job ID: 32799
Date Posted: Feb 18, 2020
Salary: $57750 to $86650 annually

Job Description

CLOSING DATE:  This position will close on February 20, 2020. 

Supplier Diversity and Development is focused on supporting the Supplier Diversity Manager while deriving additional value from our supply base by strengthening the supplier relationships through partnering with suppliers, sourcing/category management teams, safety, regulatory and internal/external stakeholders to develop business strategies that mitigate risk, uncover opportunities, and advance innovation.  This role responds to questions regarding general contract policies and practices, providing timely responses to stakeholder inquiries.  This position also manages the Supplier Diversity Program by executing the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals and objectives, working hand in hand with the Supplier Diversity Manager.  Additionally, the Supplier Diversity and Development Specialist will ensure vendor compliance to supplier code of conduct and measure supplier performance and compliance utilizing standard systems and metrics. 

SALARY RANGE:   $57,750 - $86,650 (Determined by the knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant.)

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:   Supplier Diversity and Development Manager

LOCATION:  Rapid City, South Dakota: You’ll find that it is the ideal community to live, work and do business in. With hiking trails, the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park in your backyard, there are endless opportunities to enjoy nature. 


  • Monitors Supplier Risk and conducts supplier audits routinely to support compliant vendor pools.
  • Establishes and maintains an extensive network of diverse suppliers for sourcing opportunities; participates in diversity councils and supplier diversity outreach events.
  • Assist Supply Chain representatives in the collection and retention of certificates of insurance from vendors to ensure risk compliance as required.  
  • Develops and maintains goals and metrics to measure and report activity, including contracts and spend with diverse suppliers and ensure compliance with all subcontracting plans, federal rules and requirements across the enterprise.
  • Administers the Supplier  Evaluation and Management Process which includes monitoring and reporting on key strategic partners and high risk suppliers and their performance against corporate risk criteria.
  • Facilitate escalation and resolution of high risk incidents or recurring performance failures to manager, appropriate executive, manager or key stakeholder.
  • Collects, monitors, and analyzes complex data from a variety of sources and creates various internal and external reports to track performance to Supplier Risk Management process and supplier diversity forecast, projections to goals and plans.
  • Conducts supplier segmentation actions to provide compliant and available suppliers for sourcing events.  
  • Identifies and recommends opportunities for improving supplier innovation, efficiency, effectiveness and capabilities to reduce to the total cost of ownership to the company.
  • Collaborates with internal stakeholders to develop a list of approved suppliers in key material and service categories.  Work with suppliers to ensure compliance with the organization's technical, operational and quality requirements.
  • Assist in the development and execution of an enterprise wide CSR strategy by partnering with Community Affairs, Shareholder Relations and other key departments.
  • Develops and communicates action plans by analyzing historical trends, long range business plans, procurement projections and other related methodologies to meet contractual requirements and obligations. 
  • Analyzes supply base, assesses utilization gaps and targets outreach efforts to identify potential small, diverse suppliers. 
  • Proactively identify improvement areas, identify issues and recommend solutions
  • Ensure vendor compliance with applicable laws, regulations and rules as well as company policies and procedures.


  • Report performance trends, metrics and improvement opportunities to manager. 
  • Assess supplier performance using standard practices and metrics. 
  • Drive supplier adoption of key tools and technology (EDI, inventory, and supplier extranet).
  • Travel 25%-30%.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field such as business administration, finance, operations research, materials management, economics, supply chain, required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working in procurement, strategic sourcing, contracts and/or supplier diversity preferred.
  • Experience participating in cross-functional project teams preferred.
  • Experience working at a gas or electric utility preferred.
  • Experience in conducting supplier analysis, utilizing decision-making tools/models, including financial and non-financial criteria.
  • CSP, CSMP, C3PRMP or equivalent preferred.


  • Proficient in the use Continuous Improvement tools and methodologies
  • Project Management Skills
  • Strong influencing skills to lead to best practices, standardization and support of program. 
  • Demonstrated experience presenting strategies and results to all levels of a complex matrix organization. 
  • Experience presenting and training personnel on the application of supplier diversity principles;
  • Ability to collaborate and drive difficult decisions among business partners. 
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills required. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong written and verbal communication skills required. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Project or related project management tool, and Outlook). 


The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mental Requirements: Ability to understand, remember, apply oral and/or written instructions or other information, and communicate routine factual information. Ability to apply common sense in performing job functions, usually within a set of rules or guidelines.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continuously (67% or more) required to: use fingers and hands, communicate, and have close visual acuity. Employee is frequently (34-66%) required to: ascend/descend stairs, position self to access lower items, and move about the office. The employee may occasionally (less than 33%) be required to reach. Employee must be able to operate routine office equipment including computers and similar equipment. Must be able to routinely perform this work for an average of 6-8 hours per day and occasional extended hours as necessary. Must be capable of regular, reliable, and timely attendance.

Specific lifting abilities required by this job include: Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or continuously to lift, carry, push, pull or sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Work environment: Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with moderate noise level. Must be capable of occasional travel (less than 10 days per year) by automobile (as driver and passenger), commercial airlines, rental vehicles and public transportation and be able to lodge in public facilities.

This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position. Job descriptions may and do change periodically. Where positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit agreement, the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining unit agreement will apply.

About our Company: We are a customer focused, growth-oriented utility company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2900 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas).

Enjoy our Comprehensive Benefits Package: annual incentive program, 401(k) (6% company match and up to 9% company retirement contribution), tuition reimbursement, paid time off, additional Veteran PTO, military leave differential pay, paid holidays and annual floating holidays, company paid short term and long term disability, paid maternity and paternity benefits, health and wellness program, and competitive medical, dental and vision insurance.

Candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check. 

Black Hills Energy does not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.

EOE, Including disability/vets.

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Supplier Diversity & Development Specialist

Rapid City, SD, United States