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Alliant Energy Category Manager - Indirect - Hybrid in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what’s next in energy. When our employees say “I am energy,” it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We reward our highly hardworking and dedicated teams and give them the support they need to ensure their safety, wellness and financial security for themselves and their families.

If you enjoy challenges, have strong communication skills and are passionate about the work you do we invite you to consider Alliant Energy.

What sets us apart?

  • Alliant Energy offers a full compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Employer Cash Contribution, Long and Short-Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

  • ​Year after year, Alliant Energy is recognized by major publications and foundations as a top employer and leader in the areas of equity and sustainability. This includes Newsweek’s list of Most Responsible Companies, Forbes list of Best Midsize Employers , a perfect Corporate Equality Index Score as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality and being named to the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index.

  • Our employees make a difference through their work and personal activities. In 2021, employees, retirees and our charitable foundation collectively contributed $11.5 million and volunteered over 75,000 hours.

Alliant Energy has an outstanding opportunity for a Category Manager - Indirect to join our team in Madison WI and Cedar Rapids, IA! Supporting the supply chain relationship, resource and portfolio management team, you will integrate internal client initiatives, strategy, and business direction with supply management. Focusing on cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and vendors crafting new value for the company by advancing business objectives. Collaborating with client subject matter specialists and managers to assess business requirements and develops strategic plans for ongoing sourcing needs. Works seamlessly with supply chain contract management and business performance teams in order to execute projects successfully.

Responsible for developing strategic portfolio management plans to implement value creation both through decreasing costs (via improved vendor selection and management, as well as process efficiencies) and increasing top-line growth.

  • This position offers a blend of working from home, and in the Cedar Rapids, IA office or Madison, WI office on average 2 days per week. The successful candidate must reside in either Iowa or Wisconsin.

In this role you will...

  • Support supply chain relationship, resource and portfolio management functions.

  • Issue and evaluate strategic Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP).

  • Support a program to evaluate new and existing vendors as well as their products and services to create synergy across business organizations.

  • Develop strategic portfolio management plans to implement value creation both through decreasing costs (via improved vendor selection and management, as well as process efficiencies) and increasing top-line growth.

  • Work on cross-functional teams in order to effectively engage key stakeholders to best advance supply chain initiatives that support the company’s strategic objectives. Facilitates routine business review meetings with clients and key suppliers.

  • Support the development and implementation of strategic plans for ongoing client sourcing needs.

Required Experience

  • 5 years of related experience in purchasing or supply chain.

Preferred Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in Business Administration, Purchasing or Supply Chain.

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation

We also prefer:

  • Ability to work in a diverse work environment and proven cross-functional team work experience, including the ability to track and report project status from start to finish, as well as the ability to gain trust and confidence of internal and external personnel.

  • Ability to guide collaborative projects with suppliers to deliver value, efficiencies and/or improvements in safety and quality. Persuasive communication skills (oral and written) with an ability to communicate to senior executives in client organizations with excellent analytic, negotiation, and problem solving skills.

  • Experience handling multiple high-profile projects simultaneously and ability to take ownership of assigned projects. Establishing proficiency utilizing evolving technological tools to streamline daily tasks and communications.


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Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check.


The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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