SPM Contract Manager II - Solar Projects - MEP


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  11963

DTE is one of the nation’s largest diversified energy companies. Our electric and gas companies have fueled our customer’s homes and Michigan’s progress for more than a century. And as Michigan’s largest source of renewable energy, we’re creating a cleaner, healthier environment to power our future. We’re also serving communities beyond Michigan, where our affiliated businesses offer renewable energy, emission control technologies, and energy services to industries in 19 states.

But we’re more than a leading energy company... and working at DTE is more than just a job. At DTE, we take great care of each other and our customers, and we use our energy to be a force for growth and prosperity in our communities.  When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that welcomes, recognizes, and celebrates differences and values everyone’s health, safety, and wellbeing.  Are you ready to make that kind of difference? Bring your energy to DTE. Together, we can achieve great things.

Testing Required: Not Applicable

Apply by: Until fill
Location: Detroit - Downtown Headquarter - Walker Cisler Building

Posting Restriction: 1 Year


Hybrid Role: Must be able to come on-site periodically and reside a commutable distance from the assigned work location.

Emergency Response: Yes – Must be available to perform a primary assignment in support of DTE’s emergency response to storms or other events that impact service to our customers.

Job Summary

  • Responsible for “supplier performance management” (SPM) activities, with a focus on the “Contract Management” of medium to large size/value purchase orders and supplier contracts that are awarded on Solar Projects managed by the MEP (Major Enterprise Projects) Business unit.  Job includes identifying and maximizing value opportunities while managing the post award activities of high intensity solar farm construction project related purchase orders and contracts.  Key to this position will be leading all PO and Contract change order activities in support of project execution.  Position requires 30% travel to Solar project construction site locations throughout the state of Michigan. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the development of a contract strategy within the business unit/COE
  • Define contract terms/conditions in accordance with company standards
  • Manage post award contract activities:
  • Manage supplier/contractor performance & compliance
  • Ensure contract (terms/conditions) compliance; such as enforcing payment terms
  • Modify contract as necessary
  • Ensure contract close-out, extension or renewal (verify completion of work at close-out)
  • Manage medium and high intensity contracts through the entire life cycle
  • Provide performance metrics report on contract management performance/development & compliance
  • Intervenes, analyzes, manages and resolves business conflicts between the company and vendors/contractors/suppliers
  • Point of contact to resolve contractual issues as required
  • Identify and apply value maximizing opportunities
  • Partner with supply chain management's Buyers to develop optimal contract terms
  • Manage PO specific work efforts (technical and commercial) in accordance with corporate policy
  • Ensure that signed contracts are communicated to all relevant parties to provide contract visibility, awareness, and interpretation to support implementation.
  • Handle on-going issues and change management documenting appropriately
  • Interface with key customer, proactively insuring contractual compliance and performance
  • Collaborates with the SCM team to provide guidance on vendor selection
  • Ability to analyze current processes and make modifications utilizing CI principles
  • Support structuring of negotiations of contracts
  • Supports development of SPM value targets and tracks performance to goals
  • Mentors other Contract Managers and supports their work as necessary

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Associates degree in supply chain management, logistics, business administration, engineering or related discipline
  • 5+ years experience in contract management techniques

Other Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) or PMP (Project Management Professional) certified


Other Requirements

  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and partner with key internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience leading a team or large project
  • Excellent communication skills and interpersonal relationship skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Negotiation/influencing skills
  • Proficiency in the following software: MicroSoft Office (Excel/Word/PowerPoint), SAP, Maximo, SRM
  • Travel up to 30% of time with occasional overnight stays in and throughout the State of Michigan
  • Support the DTE Severe Storm Public Protection program to assure wire down situations are identified and barricaded for safety

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

At DTE Energy, we are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging. We seek individuals with a heart for service, a passion to help our communities prosper, and ideas to help shape the future of energy. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit