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Poole, GB

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

Sourcing Expert, Water and Waste

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 through innovation in technology and services into reality.

We want to transition the world towards a decarbonised and sustainable 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


Water and Waste business unit (WAW) is a true end-to-end business as part of Wärtsilä Portfolio Businesses. WAW 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. WAW has the industry’s broadest product offering to secure beyond compliant operations for our marine customers.


We have now a unique and exciting opportunity for a Sourcing Expert for the Water and Waste business, based in UK, Poole, Dorset. 


In this position you will work closely with internal stakeholders and suppliers, maintaining and creating valuable relationships and networks, you will lead and participate in contract and price negotiations and support in all OEM sourcing related matters for new build . 


As the Sourcing Expert you will be responsible for our OEM Strategic Suppliers with a spend of over 20m Euro’s, covering UK, Europe, Asia and the US. You will be negotiating, creating, and maintaining supply contracts, improving supplier performance and developing the supplier relationship to ensure quality, delivery time and cost targets are met.


Are you ready to jump onboard?


What will you be doing?


  • Support Sales by providing accurate and reliable costs for key material at Tendering stage
  • Take active lead in building Procurement Plan for one or several projects (suppliers to RFQ, high level planning for RFQ and PO award…)
  • Ensure budget adherence and On time Delivery for one or several projects in execution
  • Prepare and follow up process improvement plan for one or several vendors to improve KPI (On time delivery / Automated invoices / SAP data cleaning)
  • Identify as early as possible risk of delay from supplier by doing preventive and regular check.
  • Take care of day-to-day contact towards supplier for commercial activities related to purchasing to establish and maintain good relationships with suppliers
  • Create and negotiate claim towards suppliers
  • Support Strategic purchaser on continuous supplier development.
  • Participate in development of tools and processes needed for Supply Management
  • Issue Purchase Orders, Handle Goods Receipt and supplier invoices in compliance to Supply Management processes/procedures, strategies and agreements.
  • Support in inbound deliveries when needed.


You will shine in this role when you have:


  • Excellent negotiation, influencing and presentation skills.
  • MSc or BSc in Economics or Engineering
  • Proven track record in international environment
  • Solid supply chain knowledge
  • Problem Solving and decision making oriented.
  • Fluent written and spoken business English,
  • Good communication and team working skills
  • Strong personal drive used to take own initiatives and be proactive
  • Strong experience in SAP & Office IT Tools
  • Strong Analytics Skills



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.




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