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VP Commercial Operations - St. Louis, MO

Date: Sep 26, 2021

Location: St. Louis, MO, US, 61346

Company: Hubbell Incorporated

Brand Overview

Hubbell Utility Solutions (HUS) engages in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of products used by utilities. Today, HUS is also deeply engaged in product solutions for the Utility Communications and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) space, and has been actively growing that segment of the business. HUS roots have historically been in high voltage transmission, distribution, substation, underground products used by electric utilities. HUS products are also used in the civil construction, transportation, gas, and water industries.

HUS has four business units: Hubbell Power Systems (HPS) is our electrical components and infrastructure business. Aclara is our AMI and Meters business. HGCA is our gas fitting business and Protection and Control is our newest business initiative to drive substation communications, control and protection solutions. HUS provides these solutions in the Electric Utility, Water, Gas and Communications Market.

At HUS, we build products that provide mission critical infrastructure and that deliver communications and power to millions of people worldwide. In our business, failure is not an option. Therefore, we manufacture products of principled integrity and it starts with our quality policy. We hold our partners, our suppliers and ourselves to the highest standard to ensure we exceed all the technical and functional expectations of our customers. Hubbell Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electrical and electronic products in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Electrical, Power, and Industrial Technology.

Posting Address

Hubbell Power Systems
77 West Port Plaza
Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63146


Position Overview

The VP – Commercial Operations, leads a team of commercial and technical specialists who manage complex customer contract proposals to support the company’s Orders and Revenue targets while protecting the company from commercial and technical risk through the execution of quality deals.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads a team of proposal, contract and pricing professionals who exceed efficiency and deal closure goals.
  • Owns and drives the risk process for all HUS major proposals.
  • Leads the Go/No-Go review for RFP requests from Sales and associated initial opportunity risks and validation including sales entrenchment/position and sales strategy.
  • Assists in the evaluation of bid feasibility and compliance concerns with the support of cross-functional peers from Product Management and Engineering.
  • Drives consistent bidding, pricing and sales strategies across region and businesses for all major contract proposals.
  • Builds and maintains strong, positive relationships with HUS teams (internal and external) and its customers to ensure successful, results driven practices.
  • Leads team to handle pricing, terms & conditions, technical offering and associated approvals for major contract proposals.
  • Works to ensure proposal and pricing strategies align with the HUS product strategies.
  • Acts as a contracting specialist on both complex commercial items and legal  terms and conditions, with support from the Legal Team, including the negotiation of terms and conditions to close deals, as needed.

Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business, or equivalent related field/work experience, Master’s preferred.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, verbal and written with preferred experience in technology proposal writing and/or technical writing.
  • Strong executive presence and presentation skills.
  • Ability to collaborate across multi-disciplinary functions (engineering, sales, operations, etc.).
  • Strong business acumen with utility experience strongly preferred, particularly to support new and emerging utility technologies
  • 10 years of operational experience handling contract drafting and risk reviews.
  • Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience in leading and developing a team of specialists.
  • Project Management and/or Sales (in related industries) experience.
  • Experience working in supporting substantive legal negotiations preferred.
  • Experience crafting, reviewing, and editing sophisticated proposals in response to RFP’s and RFI’s.
  • Less than 20% travel.


Bachelors Degree in Engineering General or Business

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