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Netherlands - Drunen, NL

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Other

Strategic Purchaser

Are you a senior procurement professional who is seasoned within 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 for the production of our Propulsion products?


As a Strategic Purchaser within Wärtsilä Netherlands, you’re in the heart of our dynamic maritime business. You drive changes and secure business performance by creating and implementing sourcing action plans. You will be responsible for our Casting, Welding and Machining commodity with suppliers which are mainly located in Europe. 


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 in order to reach the optimal result of your negotiations, in terms of quality, delivery and cost. With your technical knowledge you can make best supplier selection. No guidance is needed for you to spot situations that require attention or to initiate improvements within your category.


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. The team is spread over our office and production locations in Wuxi (China), Trieste (Italy) and Drunen (The Netherlands). You will be reporting to the General Manager Supply Management, Propulsion.


Due to the international character of this job some international traveling (approximately 20% of your time) is required.

What are your main tasks and responsibilities?

  • You are always up to date with the ever-changing market situation 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.
  • 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


What do we expect from you?

  • You have multiple years’ experience in purchasing on tactical or strategic level in a global organized
  • industrial or 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.
  • Preferably you have knowledge of the Marine industry and basic legal knowledge.
  • Advanced skills in Excel and experience with SAP is seen as an advantage, as well as experience with Asian (Chinese) culture.


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. 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 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 please call Dré Schellekens (Corporate Recruiter) at +31(0)6 28558033 or by email: dre.schellekens@wartsila.com