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Principal Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Citizenship - REMOTE

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Project & Program Management  |  ID: REQ-13274


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Principal Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Citizenship - REMOTE

The Challenge

The Principal Program Manager, Supplier Diversity and Citizenship will develop and implement initiatives to promote the utilization of small, local and diverse suppliers in the results-oriented acquisitions of services, material and equipment meeting the Company's various procurement needs. The role is will be focused on improving the GE Appliances (GEA) overall level of corporate citizenship and engagement, working to create and ensure positive and professional relationships in the business communities and increasing GEA’s visibility in diverse supplier communities and networks locally, regionally and nationally.

Works closely with executives and key stakeholders in all business lines, corporate functions and supplier organizations to develop effective supplier diversity strategies and implementation plans which will support the company’s commitment to economic development, contribute positively to fair advantage and ensure government compliance. This role works directly with the Supplier Diversity Advisory Council, consisting of the CPO and cross-functional senior level Executives to establish policy and report progress and status, delivering positive business results for the company in the areas of inclusion, community support, and legislative support, while supporting the company’s commitment to attractive and best-in-class sourcing practices and citizenship practices.

What you will Do

  • Manage the spend goals with diverse suppliers and work to build development programs for both Tier 1 and Tier 2 inclusion of local, small and diverse suppliers across the GEA portfolio of businesses.
  • Develop and maintain multi-year plans for diversity development activities to ensure inclusion of diverse spend across the enterprise.
  • Manage the integration of supplier diversity into the Category Management Plans and Capital Project Plans as well as into the Tactical Procurement bidding activity supporting site procurement
  • Engage in activities to identify and develop diverse suppliers to be able to have capacity, competency, and ability for industry attractiveness for GEA business across the enterprise
  • Drive monthly CPO sponsored Supplier Diversity Strategy Meetings and drive continuous improvement in Sourcing / Product Line interaction, involvement and delivery of local, small and diverse spend
  • Energetic participation, leadership and representation of GEA on select Boards and Committees in support of the communities GEA serves with a goal of increasing and promoting diverse supplier spend
  • Oversight and responsibility for development and maintenance of Supplier Diversity annual budget.  Ensure applicability and return on investment for spend actions by targeting applicable and needed areas of advertising, forums and conferences / match making events based on activity set of GEA business units. 
  • Search out and connect with the community and organizations serving diverse suppliers to create opportunities for improved GEA engagement
  • Strive to drive integration of supplier sustainability & diverse supplier recognition program during annual Supplier Conference
  • Drive Internal stakeholder accountability to foster the growth of supplier sustainability and diverse suppliers
  • Integrate Sustainability Question in RFx (Requests) and contracts; support and best in class waste management and recycling initiative
  • Develop and deliver a communication plan to drive the understanding, importance, and business benefits to GEA of improving our engagement with communities and diverse suppliers
  • Target outreach events to diverse suppliers to further enhance and promote GEA’s goals.  Proactively facilitate the supplier prequalification process for diverse suppliers and ensure education and training on how to do business with GEA.
Key metrics include:
  • Spend: dollar and percentage spend with Diverse suppliers – Tier I and Tier II
  • Inclusion and Conversion: Diverse supplier inclusion in RFx opportunities and their success
  • Growth: number and distribution of diverse suppliers
  • Engagement: participation / sponsorship of outreach events

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors’ degree in Business or related field
  • 5 years of relevant Strategic Sourcing experience in commodity management or a related role involving negotiating, identifying opportunities, selecting suppliers and/or implementing contracts
  • Previous experience in creating and implementing a Supplier Diversity and/or Citizenship program
  • Demonstrated high-level project management experience leading multiple complex, cross-functional projects
  • Exceptional problem solving, analytic, and project management skills.  Goal-oriented and proactive in problem solving, coupled with creativity and a high-energy level.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain excellent business relationships; politically savvy and sensitivity around how people and organizations function
  • Sound interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.  Ability to distill complex messaging into a concise, clear message
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, with dynamic ability to motivate sourcing professionals, executives, members of the community and internal clients
  • Exceptional business acumen, with broad-based knowledge of sourcing, procurement, supplier management processes, supplier diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to work with and manage confidential information
  • Capacity to think differently and without usual constraints; creatively develop and demonstrate a clear, vivid picture of targets; Translates vision into concrete actions and results
  • Motivates others and displays passion and optimism; inspires excellence.  Builds morale and motivates people towards achieving goals and priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of issues, initiate actions, and make effective outcomes
  • Ability to take inputs from multiple functions and perspectives and translate it into an actionable plan while reconciling and integrating different interests
  • Understands big picture and aligns priorities with broader goals, measures outcomes, uses feedback to change as needed, evaluates alternatives, solutions-oriented, seeks alternatives and broad input; can see connections within complex issues.
  • Demonstrates initiative and takes-action proactively.  Possesses the self-discipline to take actions before they are necessary, optimism towards achieving positive outcome and the competitiveness to translate a plan into action.
  • Constantly aware of, and effectively responds to, current external and internal conditions; adapts strategy to changing conditions; Effectively communicates, builds commitment for, and overcomes resistance to, change.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience interacting with and developing: Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Veteran-Owned Business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender-Owned Business (LGBTQ+), and/or Hub-zone Certified Business
  • Demonstrated success in engaging with Supplier Diversity Advocacy groups
  • Deeper Strategic Sourcing experience
  • Master’s Degree in Business or related field
  • Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) Certification


  • If you are remote, the travel requirements will entail that during the first three (3) months, you would need to travel in to our Louisville, KY headquarters every other week, and then after travel to Louisville, KY once per month

GE Appliances is a trust-based organization. It is important we offer our employees the flexibility they need to do their best work while balancing the needs of the business and individuals. When you join GEA, you will have the opportunity to work with your leader to create a flexible work arrangement that balances the needs of the individual, team, and organization.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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