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Primary Location: 

China - Shanghai, CN

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

IP Strategic Purchaser CN

Job Description


Drive for long-term benefits on “Total Value of Ownership”. Perform stakeholder need analysis, standardize regular and frequent needs, and drive for better demand planning by stakeholders.  Partner with the relevant stakeholders to instill cost savings, operational and process improvement practices. Enhance the total value procured from the category’s supply base by driving standardization, consolidation, leverage and optimization across key categories in sub-region or regional scope. Negotiate contracts and achieve cost savings from vendors. Strive for world class procurement, best practices, elevated use of WeBuy and other IP tools. Drive supplier performance and continuous improvement programs. Review discrepancies in supplier performance and cost competitiveness. Initiate process changes to optimize costs including acquisition from new suppliers and consolidation of spend. Manage relationships with stakeholders to become a trusted advisor.


Strategy and Operational Excellence

  • Identify sourcing needs and implement appropriate strategic sourcing process with relevant stakeholders and independently
  • Lead analysis of market and competitive conditions and provide input to category manager, IP Sub Regional Manager, and internal stakeholder
  • Design and implement tactical action steps to execute strategy on assigned indirect category/sub category
  • Manage supplier base. Leverage spend across sub-region and region if appropriate
  • Identify opportunities for consolidation of spend. Design and implement strategies to expand the solution footprint to other categories, geographies and suppliers
  • Identify process improvement opportunities

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Manage sourcing process, content, and results in alignment with company’s purchasing directives
  • Perform supplier stability assessment,
  • Manage and enhance the relationship with Key or selected suppliers in an innovative way to maximize value
  • Monitor compliance of purchasing directives, and escalate non-compliance to appropriate managers/directors for further guidance and appropriate remedial action
  • Follow up and analyze supplier performance via SRM and VMS, implementing preventive and corrective action plan for low performance suppliers

Stakeholder Management

  • Manage relationship with key stakeholders to develop and implement effective sourcing strategies for the assigned categories to ensure quality of supply and improved value to the company
  • Build strong rapport with stakeholders and local Key suppliers
  • Collaborate closely with stakeholders to ensure understanding and compliance with purchasing directives and strategies
  • Collaborate with Category Managers, IP Regional and IP Sub Regional Manager, Operative purchasing team



  • 2 years’ experience in SCM category management role or 3-5 years’ experience in SCM operation role. Experience in indirect material categories management is a plus.
  • Mechanical, engineering or SCM related education background. Bachelor degree or above.
  • Proficient SAP or ERP skills.
  • Experience and skills in using Coupa, Ariba system is a plus.
  • Good communication and negotiating skills.
  • Good spoken and written English.
  • Good knowledge and skills in data analysis, TCO calculation.
  • High integrity and ownership. Target oriented and self-motivated.
  • Accepts occasional business travelling.

Location: Tangzhen, Shanghai


Last application date: 05/06/2020


This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2019, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.2 billion with approximately 19,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com