Senior Buyer - Construction Services (Headquarters)


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  12518

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

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

  • Provides overall strategic direction, implementation and continuous improvement for Supply Chain's Cost Management initiatives. These encompass the specification, procurement, delivery, storage and disposition of materials and equipment, as well as services, for operations, maintenance and capital projects needs of the Enterprise Business Units.

Key Accountabilities

  • Leads innovative and creative cross functional teams to develop and drive cost competitive procurement strategies.
  • Leads company procurement processes to ensure quality, cost effectiveness, and delivery from Company's supplier business partners.
  • Cultivates and builds internal and external alliances and partnerships with customers and suppliers to drive cost reduction, process improvement, and best practices.
  • Studies market trends, conducts and applies benchmarking/competitive assessments, as well as promoting industry standards.
  • Represents the Company in supplier relationships which include negotiations, commercial terms and conditions.
  • Maximizes assets and specific inventory investments to balance Business Unit needs with total cost management.
  • Provides mentoring and direction to Buyers and Associates Buyers to implement buying plans and achieve goals.
  • Supports DTE and SCM goals and measurements; and understands and complies with all DTE and SCM corporate policies and procedures.
  • Understands and supports the SPM processes and goals

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5 years of experience in supply chain management

Other Qualifications


  • Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or Economics
  • Industrial Project Management and Construction Management experience
  • Experience in industrial or utility industry vendor management
  • Experience in negotiating services and construction agreements
  • Knowledge and experience of commercial terms and conditions in coordination with internal or external counsel


Other Requirements

  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Intermediate-to-advanced skills in Microsoft applications (i.e: Excel, PowerPoint, & Word)
  • Effectively manages workload level, as demonstrated by handling complex multimillion dollar contracts, consistent positive business unit and warehouse feedback, little rework, meetings deadlines, taking on additional work, working independently on routine tasks, and effectively prioritizing tasks to meet business needs and deadlines.
  • Strong negotiation and contract writing, as demonstrated by successfully and independently handling complex contracts, including proficiency in considering multiple long term and short term variables, building relationships with our business unit partners and vendors, and crafting contracts that are uniquely tailored to fit business needs.
  • Assist in the development of scope of work, making recommendations for legal review, generating creative and innovative solutions, and reviewing peers' contracts for compliance with DTE Energy requirements.
  • Understands risk management, value analysis and proper decision making, as demonstrated by ensuring terms and conditions are complete and accurate, utilizing appropriate costing models to project risks and reward, appropriately analyzing tradeoffs, consequences and liabilities of actions, knowing when to escalate issues to leadership or experts, and independently making good decisions in unique situations.
  • Strong business acumen; with the ability to understand business needs and the organization as a whole, as demonstrated by participation in business unit meetings, recognized by the business unit as adding value, recognizing impact of market trends, demonstrating expert knowledge in assigned areas of products or services, and identifying points of leverage across the business unit and organization.
  • Demonstrated application of continuous improvement tools, systems & processes.

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