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Herndon, VA, US

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

Sourcing Specialist, NPI


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. Our ultimate aim is to provide increased value to both our customers and society. New, game-changing ideas and continuous improvement have been part of our DNA since 1834. Together, we can create new business opportunities and a more sustainable future that we can all be proud of.

We are transitioning the world towards a cleaner future. By pushing the boundaries of engineering and technology, we make it work. We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent - want to join the ride?




  • For the global Energy Storage supplier base, the Sourcing Specialist, NPI is responsible for establishing the supply chain for the development of new products as part of the Energy Storage Strategic Sourcing and Product Development teams. The Sourcing Specialist, NPI supports research, technology, and new product programs to ensure timely and effective supplier selection, early supplier engagement and supplier compliance. He/She supports engineering with material inventory management and purchasing for NPI builds. Additional support of shipping and receiving functions pertaining to engineering builds and support of change control functions. He/She influences design concepts and specifications for purchased components to optimize quality, innovation, cost, manufacturability, component lifetime, and supply chain – all consistent with supply management strategies.


Main Responsibilities:  

  • Conduct supplier quoting, selection, and issue special builds purchase orders
  • Manage incoming NPI material ensuring proper disposition of received material
  • Responsible for monitoring, tracking and reporting on all aspects of NPI material receipts.
  • Manage and monitor all product material cost impacts and changes
  • Track supplier communication, supplier compliance, cost, and schedules
  • Initiates the onboarding process for new Suppliers and ensures all appropriate system set-up is complete
  • Manage transition of parts from development to project execution and procurement.
  • Support development and implementation of the sourcing strategies to achieve lowest total cost, improve working capital, achieve on-time delivery, improve cycle time, and ensure early supplier involvement in product development
  • Support development and implementation of supplier contracts of suppliers selected for mass production
  • Identify and communicate internally any supplier concerns or opportunities. Support cost recovery initiatives
  • Support problem resolution discussions with suppliers and ensures the adequacy and timeliness of supplier correction action plans




  • Minimum 5 years of experience of purchasing, sourcing, supply chain or manufacturing with proven track record of results 
  • Knowledge of legal, financial and technology components of Strategic Sourcing
  • Strong communication & written skills a must
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Strong computer experience including; MS Office products, inventory management control and purchasing systems.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative and mathematical skills
  • Ability to multi-task and work in fast pace, dynamic and changing environment.
  • 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



Why you and us


You will be a part of a global organization with local presence and work in an exciting and dynamic working environment with highly motivated and skilled co-workers. We offer interesting and challenging work tasks, as well as personal and professional development in a great team.


If you feel excited by being a part of this working environment and think your personal skills and qualities match the job requirements, we look forward to receiving your job application.


Successful applicant must be authorized to work in the USA without sponsorship.

We look forward to hearing from you. Qualified candidates must apply online:


Wärtsilä North America values our employees. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.   Wärtsilä North America is an EOE/AA employer.


Vaccination is a vital tool to reduce the presence and severity of COVID-19 cases in the workplace, in communities, and in the nation as a whole. The spread of COVID when working in customer facilities and project sites can lead to costly site shutdowns, for which Wärtsilä could be deemed financially responsible. Many local government authorities require proof of vaccination to enter the state or country, and many of our customers require proof of vaccination to be on a project site. In line with legal regulations Wärtsilä has implemented a COVID-19 policy on vaccination and testing to reduce the risk of transmission on Wärtsilä premises. Wärtsilä strongly encourages all employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and other employees.



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