Southern Company Director, Supplier Diversity - Nicor Gas in Naperville, Illinois

Director, Supplier Diversity - Nicor Gas


Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to provide leadership and support to the Supplier Diversity team at Nicor Gas; to develop, implement and monitor all aspects of Supplier Diversity, including facilitating interactions with external organizations and suppliers and integrating supplier diversity strategies into the overall sourcing strategies for the organization. The incumbent’s scope will cover the multiple business units and may span across multiple states where Southern Company Gas conducts business. Incumbent will lead growth and enhancement of the Supplier Diversity strategy and establish clear linkage between diversity strategies and Business Unit strategies with a local focus on execution of those strategies. The incumbent will also support the Supplier Diversity Working Group which recommends strategies and policies to support the overall enterprise Supplier Diversity Program.

Functional Expertise:

  • Establish clear linkage between diversity strategies, sourcing strategies, and business unit strategies.

  • Develop and enhance relationships with strategic diverse suppliers

  • Direct the planning, organization and participation of supplier diversity and other company personnel to diversity events.

  • Support the development and execution of the enterprise wide Supplier Diversity strategy, initiatives, policies and procedures that ensure alignment with Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and compliance with governing Federal and State laws and requirements.

  • Maintain personal networks and participate in professional organizations relating to diversity suppliers.

Business Acumen:

  • Accountable for growth and enhancement of the Supplier Diversity strategy for Southern Company Gas.

  • Develop and recommend policies to support Supplier Diversity.

  • Manage the supplier diversity business development program; including evaluating and executing on opportunities for continuous improvement.


  • Coordinate Supply Management diversity initiatives with other Southern Company Gas business segments.

  • Participate and assume a leadership role in the planning of in-house supplier events.

  • Encourage and facilitate increased utilization of small business & M/WBE suppliers by assisting strategic sourcing teams with the identification of eligible and capable diverse suppliers for procurement opportunities.

  • Maintains and improves relationships with community based organizations, Regulatory leaders and key stakeholders to gain support for regulatory initiatives

  • Develop and manage relationships with diverse businesses and advocacy organizations assuming responsibility for the overall success of those relationships.

  • Represent the company and its representative business units at national and LDC specific supplier diversity events and actively participates on industry committees and/or industry groups sponsored by national and regional supplier diversity organizations that the company sponsors.

  • Conduct Supplier Diversity training to leadership, supply chain staff, external stakeholders and suppliers.

  • Responsible for managing the reporting process including working with all divisions in establishing and maintaining reporting guidelines; launching a supplier diversity score card; assisting with goal measurements and implementation strategy.

  • Manages staff selection, development, and retention. Establishes and monitors work goals and objectives. Coaches staff, provides feedback, and evaluates performance.

Driving Results:

  • Develop and monitor progress on Supplier Diversity goals.

  • Report on Supplier Diversity metrics to key senior management and prepare and file ad-hoc, monthly and annual reports that document program spend, compliance and progress toward enterprise-wide goals.

  • Leads cross functional teams to ensure all supplier diversity goals are met.

  • Evaluate existing and future supplier agreements and incorporate terms and conditions that ensure Diverse Supplier participation on a subcontracting level.

  • Develop and maintain Supplier Diversity performance reporting in accordance with any governmental agency requirements.

  • Prepare and administer budget according to plan. Monitor budget variances. Provide explanations on variances and takes appropriate action.

  • Responsible for the monitoring and reporting supplier scorecards or performance metrics and the regular reporting of such performance, deficiencies or variances.

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required: Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain, statistics, engineering, construction or related field.

Preferred: MBA; Six Sigma, P.E. or Project Management certification

Related Work Experience:


  • Minimum 5 years management experience, including experience leading people, performing and utilizing analytics to influence decisions and drive business results.

  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience specifically in Engineering, Construction or Related Operations Capacity

  • 5 years demonstrated ability to work across multiple departments and business verticals

  • Demonstrated ability to form and maintain relationships and alliances with multiple business unit personnel

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and ability to influence internal leaders in support of supplier diversity goals and objectives.

  • Strong presentation skills with an ability to deliver to a wide variety of audiences including senior leadership, key external stakeholders and business leaders.

  • Advanced business development skills, including experience establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with diverse suppliers, advocacy organizations and internal partners. Preferred:

  • 5 year’s experience in managing an Engineering and/or Construction related discipline in the utility industry

Specific Skills& Knowledge:


  • Strong business acumen.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills are essential

  • Proven leadership skills as demonstrated through other roles

  • Advanced project management and organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail.

  • Must have strong sourcing, negotiation, and supplier management skills.

  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  • Must be a change agent with the ability to weigh and balance competing priorities.

  • Committed to and familiar with principles of diversity.

  • Outgoing and engaging.

  • Collaborative problem solver.

  • Comfortable with a less structured operating environment.

  • Self-starter.

  • Strategic thinker.

  • Ability to represent the Company and discuss relevant topics in the community.

  • Customer-focused with a drive to meet the customer’s needs Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: The incumbent works in an office environment.Occasional Traveler (15-30% travel):The incumbent will be required to travel on occasion.Trips may require air travel and/or overnight stay away from home for one or more nights.

Southern Company Gas provides for the energy needs of millions of U.S. households and businesses. As the largest natural gas-only distribution company in the United States, with more than 150 years of history behind us, we're working to ensure that Americans have access to an abundant, safely delivered supply of natural gas for decades to come. We offer our customers a wide range of energy services under one umbrella: seven regulated utilities as well as non-regulated businesses that offer retail, wholesale and storage services.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Supply Chain

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Illinois-Metro Chicago-Naperville

Operating Company: Nicor Gas

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

G O Naperville - 1844 W Ferry Rd. (1844NapervilleCODE)

1844 W Ferry Rd.

Naperville, 60536

Req ID: GAS2001610