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Drunen, NL

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Engineering

Strategic Purchaser

Strategic Purchaser (Ref 32296)

Are you a procurement professional who is seasoned within tactical or strategic purchasing in an industrial or production environment? Do you like to be part of Global Sourcing team in which you are responsible for your own strategic sourcing plans to produce our Propulsion products?


As a Strategic Purchaser, you’re in the heart of a dynamic business. You drive changes and secure business performance by creating and implementing sourcing action plans for your specific area of responsibility. This means that you manage and develop long term relationships with existing suppliers while you actively support Sales and Technology with the development of new products and test orders.

You manage the internal process with your stakeholders to reach the optimal result of your negotiations, in terms of Quality, Delivery and Cost. In this position you will be part of our Global Sourcing Propulsion organization which is responsible for the coordination of all global and local sourcing activities within the Propulsion organization, located in Wuxi (China), and Drunen (The Netherlands).

You will be reporting to the General Manager Supply Management Propulsion. International Traveling is part of the job.

The preferred office location for this position is our office in Drunen, the Netherlands, but other European locations will be considered



  • You are always up to date with the ever-changing market situations related to our industry.
  • Gather and analyse spend, supplier data and future supply, to continuously develop and improve your commodity strategy and action plans.
  • You secure the best performance of your supply base on Quality, Delivery and Costs.
  • A solutions mindset, you will proactively work to find the best course of compromise whilst actively managing risk through your supply chain.
  • Guiding the complete process of negotiations, (global) contract coverage and process implementation.
  • You maintain relevant data in our management systems (SAP, IDM) and support the Quality and Operational department with the non-conformity process.
  • You always aim to increase the competitiveness of Wärtsilä by applying your analytical and negotiation skills together with a Customer Centric approach.



  • You have multiple years’ experience in purchasing tactical or strategic level in a global organized industrial / engineering organization.
  • Technical orientated bachelor- or master’s degree, or achieved this level with work experience in Sourcing, Supply Management or Logistics.
  • You are a team player with lots of initiatives, who feels comfortable in the driver’s seat and knows to adjust to different situations with a healthy portion of self-confidence.
  • To solve problems, you can think and act fast, and keep things as simple as possible.
  • You don’t need guidance to spot situations that require your attention, or to see improvements.
  • You appreciate the nuance of a global company / supply chain and the diversity in cultures you will be engaging with.
  • Advanced skills in Excel and experience with ERP systems (preferably SAP) is seen as an advantage.
  • You have excellent communication skills in English, orally and written.



What we offer you
We highly care for employability of all our employees hence employees are encouraged to utilize the variety of training activities, learning solutions and self-study materials to grow with us during your journey with Wartsila.The opportunity to further develop your talents and competencies within an international working environment, in an ambitious, growth-orientated organisation.We offer excellent primary and secondary terms of employment and a healthy work-life balance. We foster openness, respect, and trust. The culture can be described as down to earth, agile, and decisive.

We drive an inclusive corporate culture by respecting diversity. Success requires a mix of employees - diversity in nationality, gender, age, personality, and educational background.

If you feel excited by being part of this dynamic working environment and you think your skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application, together with a Curriculum Vitae. In case you have questions about the procedure prior to your application, please email Dré Schellekens at


Last application date: 07/10/2022

At Wärtsilä we value, respect, and embrace all our differences, and are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunities; everyone can be their true self and succeed based on their job-relevant merits and abilities.

This is Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at