Geesthacht, DE

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Sales & Marketing

Fresh Water Operative Purchaser m/f/d

Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd (WWSL) is a true end-to-end business as part of Wärtsilä Portfolio Businesses. WWSL is a global leader in designing and supplying innovative wet and dry waste equipment and freshwater generation solutions for passenger vessels & conventional waste management and ballast water treatment equipment for all marine segments. WWSL has the industry’s broadest product offering to secure beyond compliant operations for our marine customers.


We now have an exciting opportunity for a


Operative Purchaser m/f/d


to join our New Build (NB) Project Purchasing team in our Fresh Water Generation business based in Geesthacht, Germany. The position is permanent.

Are you ready to jump onboard?

What will you be doing?

As an Operative Purchaser, you will be embedded into the NB Project Purchasing t team and will support purchasing activities across multiple projects ensuring that the correct buying channels are utilised, internal procedures followed and maximizing supplier value and performance for the Wärtsilä’s Water Systems Ltd business line.

As Operative Purchaser m/f/d, your work will focus on these responsibilities:


  • Review and validate purchase requisitions and purchase orders in line with MRP demand for direct and indirect products/services.
  • Participate in supplier discussions.
  • Effectively investigate discrepancies in a timely manner and ensure all relevant stakeholders are updated.
  • Manage non-conformance, rejections & returns with suppliers, and Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
  • Support the Supply Chain function to establish, maintain and monitor KPI's to optimise supply chain performance in support of spares and production requirements.
  • Develop cross company competencies that will contribute to the development of both the Supply Chain and general business performance.
  • Place purchase orders obtain confirmations and expedite orders to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Action Quality Rejects and Quality Investigation Reports in a timely manner by liaising with suppliers and quality personnel.
  • Monitor & track supplier performance and escalate issues accordingly.
  • Participate in the development of and become an expert user in the Purchasing/Planning modules within SAP.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have:


  • A formal qualification within purchasing is desired e.g.
  • Proven background within a purchasing environment or any admins expertise in supply chain management 
  • SAP experience is an advantage 
  • Basic understanding of project management
  • A customer service mindset with the ability to manage several priorities simultaneously.
  • Pro-active and positive individual with a team player attitude
  • Effective negotiator
  • Exposure within manufacturing environments
  • Strong communicator across all stakeholders and customers 
  • Sound knowledge of the Marine industry is desired
  • Fluent German language 
  • English language can be an advantage 


Why you and us?

We at Wärtsilä believe in empowerment, ownership and taking responsibility of our work. We support each other’s growth and co-creation is the true basis of our innovation. We have courage to see opportunities and take initiative. 
We are authentic and honest, and we strongly believe in a diverse and inclusive work community where everyone can be their true self. We don’t always get it right the first time, and if mistakes are made, we make sure to learn and grow from them. We want everyone to voice their opinions freely. That is why we have built an environment that empowers you and everyone around you, and where you can feel safe and cared for. Are you eager to be part of this ambition?

Contact and next steps

Does this sound like the job for you? If yes, we hope to hear from you before the application deadline June 15, through submitting your application through our career’s portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way and it’s good to note that it might take up to 2 weeks from application deadline until we’ve been able to review all applications.

Are you still wondering if you should apply and would like to get something clarified? Please reach out to Joss Hassen, Business Transformation Manager, joss.hassen@wartsila.com with any questions related to this position (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be responded to.

Please apply by June 15, 2023 at 23:59 CET. Our recruiting tool recognizes the time zone where the job ad has been published and closes the application period according to same time zone.



Last application date: 15/06/2023 


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. Our team of 17,000 professionals, in more than 200 locations in 68 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com