Southwest Airlines Co.

Associate Fuel Category Manager

5 days ago(1/12/2018 11:21 AM)
Requisition ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
58-Supply Chain Management


We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.


Coordinates the scheduling and planning of fuel supply chain management and operations, conducts spend and market analysis to coordinate supply chain strategy development.



  • Leads negotiations with suppliers, utilizing a strong background in fundamental sourcing skills
  • Performs difficult analysis, interprets results, and provides effective recommendations


Fuel Supply Team

  • Contracts, schedules and forecasts fuel supply for multiple locations throughout Southwest’s network
  • Executes monthly airport and pipeline nominations to any or all fuel supply points with the utilization of the Fuel Management System (FMS) and pipeline systems to maintain calculated minimum & maximum levels of fuel inventory
  • Interfaces with Legal, Tax, Risk Management, Finance, Enterprise FP&A, Accounts Payable, Internal Audit, and others as necessary

Relationship Management

  • Effectively represents SWA interests in all settings; uses effective influencing skills in dealing with internal/external stakeholders
  • Builds and maintains excellent relationships with suppliers; attends conferences to learn, share and teach learnings to others
  • Makes significant contribution to internal special projects as well as industry projects

Supply Chain Optimization

  • Develops fuel supply chain strategy, long-range planning and decision-making processes for their areas of responsibility and assists in overall strategy development
  • Looks for ways to continuously improve performance and processes; engages others as needed
  • Works to minimize negative impact of fuel disruptions by coordinating across FSCM and externally to achieve resolution

Supplier Management

  • Creates agenda and facilitates discussions in Business Reviews with key suppliers and utilizes appropriate technologies to present recommendations at all levels internally and externally
  • Coaches suppliers on ways to improve key performance indicators; approaches coaching with an aim to achieve mutually beneficial results
  • Uses good understanding of business requirements, with some guidance on new or ambiguous situations, to execute the most appropriate agreement

Must be able to meet any physical ability requirements listed on this description.


May perform other job duties as directed by Employee’s Leaders.



  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent education required.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.


  • Degree in Finance, Supply Chain Management, Business or equivalent experience required


  • At least two years experience in either supply chain management, fuel accounting, fuel purchasing, or  fuel quality assurance/control required
  • Experience in strategic sourcing initiatives preferred
  • Contract management experience preferred
  • Strong working knowledge of general accounting principles and SOX requirements required
  • Expert analytical skills required


  • Ability to perform work duties from desk/office work area for extended periods of time.


Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.


Ensures Accountability

  • Follows through on commitments and makes sure others do the same
  • Takes personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and failures
  • Designs feedback loops into work

Plans and Aligns

  • Follows a plan while allowing room for flexibility if change occurs
  • Tracks progress and performance in an organized and timely manner; provides comprehensive status reports
  • Orchestrates multiple activities simultaneously to accomplish a set of goals

Balances Stakeholders

  • Understands internal and external Stakeholder requirements, expectations, and needs
  • Proactively uses resources to learn, understand, and investigate issues related  to solving complex problems
  • Balances the interests of multiple Stakeholders


  • Must meet confidentiality expectations as to confidential, proprietary, and sensitive Company information.
  • Travel: 10-15% for the Fuel Supply Team 

Must maintain a well-groomed appearance per Company appearance standards as described in established guidelines.


Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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