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Helsinki, FI Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Quality & Operational Development
Job Category:  Other

Manager, Head of Supplier Development & Quality

Wärtsilä is an innovative technology company known for being a forerunner in the Marine and Energy markets. Every day, we – Wärtsilians - put our hearts and minds into turning Wärtsilä's purpose of enabling sustainable societies with smart technology, and our Smart Marine and Energy visions into reality.

We want to transition the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we can make it work. Together, we can create new business opportunities and more sustainable future that we can all be proud of.  Want to join the ride?

Wärtsilä Energy Business is leading the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. As an Energy System Integrator, we understand, design, build and serve optimal power systems for future generations. Wärtsilä’s solutions provide the needed flexibility to integrate renewables and secure power system reliability. Our offering includes flexible internal combustion engine-based power plants, energy storage & integration solutions, as well as gas to power systems. We support our customers over the lifecycle or their installations with services that enable increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 68 GW of installed power plant capacity in 177 countries around the world. 

Wärtsilä Energy Storage Business is looking for a dynamic professional for the position of Manager, Head of Supplier Development & Quality to join in our energetic Supply Management team. 



This position is located in Helsinki, Vaasa or Turku, Finland or Herndon, US.


  • For the global Energy Storage supplier base, the Manager, Head of Supplier Development & Quality is accountable to implement Sourcing strategies and action plans agreed with relevant stakeholders to meet global sourcing needs and requirements of Wärtsilä Energy Storage business

Main Responsibilities:  

  • Create Supplier Development & Quality vision and strategy, developing and formulating operation direction, environment, expectations and priorities for the function based on business line priority setting
  • Lead and coach the Supplier Development & Quality team to enable and support the business in improving Quality, Delivery, Cost & Lead-time from external suppliers
  • Lead, manage, control and follow-up Quality, Delivery and Cost activities utilizing defined Supplier Development tools
  • Develop and communicate organization’s expectations for supplier performance, continuous improvement, quality systems, process controls and capabilities to suppliers.
  • Lead the supplier qualification program assessing compliance of suppliers and other regulatory requirements as well as global and business line policies, standards & procedures
  • Measure, track, trend and communicate/report supplier performance on key metrics and the corresponding continuous improvement plans on a regular basis.
  • Ensure and manage robust process and system for communicating, planning and executing major supplier-initiated changes, complaints and deviations.
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships with suppliers.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of sourcing and supplier strategy as well as supplier selection
  • Ensure right competence and sufficient resources are available within the team
  • Advice and support in suppliers closures decisions 



  • Academic degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) , 5+ years experience of engineering, supplier development and/or quality experience in power systems, renewables or energy storage industry
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and are capable of interfacing with numerous parties at all levels in a multicultural environment.
  • Familiar with analytical techniques commonly used to investigate component defects and ability to couch team to use such techniques 
  • Product and process auditing experience, management system auditing experience with ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001 or similar is preferred. Furthermore, certification within Lean and/or Six Sigma will be perceived as an advantage
  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentations skills
  • Solution oriented, problem solving and result driven attitude to work 
  • Mentoring and coaching capability to grow the team competences
  • Self-guided and proactive team player, able to operate under pressure
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language


We offer:

  • 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 have an amazing team, hardworking and talented team. We have a clear purpose to exist and significantly growing business. We are passionate about the work we do and hope to find a colleague with a shared passion for energy storage technologies and a sustainable future
  • We offer you an independent, challenging and responsible role in a global supply management organization.
  • You will work with large network of energy storage professionals and have a support of a great team and an open and friendly work environment


If you feel excited about being part of a dynamic working environment and you think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application, together with a CV.
We hope to hear from you before the last application date 26th of September 2021, through submitting your application in our careers portal.
 Contact person to give further information:
Krista Engblom-Ryynänen, General Manager, Supply Management, Wärtsilä Energy Storage & Optimization
Email: krista.engblom-ryynanen@wartsila.com


For USA Applicants;
Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.
We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online http://www.wartsila.com/en/careers/vacancies.
Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.

Last application date: 26/09/2021

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.


All new Wärtsilä employees in Finland will attend occupational health check, including the drug test/screening. The legislation of the country followed when person is located outside of Finland.


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 2020, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.6 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. Find out more at www.wartsila.com