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San Diego, CA, US

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

Operational Purchaser

Operational Purchaser

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 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 more sustainable future that we can all be proud of.


In Wärtsilä Voyage we have a unique integrated infrastructure that combines the ships bridge systems, cloud data management, data services, decision support tools, and access to real-time information and much more resulting in a smarter Voyage. With the broadest Smart Marine portfolio in the market, Wärtsilä Voyage is well positioned to lead the industry towards becoming digitally connected across the entire value chain.


We are always on the lookout for future-oriented talent - Want to join the ride? 


We are now looking for an Operational Purchaser to join our expert team of new build purchasers. This position is permanent. The preferred location for the position is San Diego, California (US). The role can be hybrid as agreed and includes some local traveling.


As Operational Purchaser your work will focus on these responsibilities:

  • Purchaser activities; processing of purchase requisitions, PO execution, confirmation monitoring, expediting.
  • Production activities; Production planning, kits pulling, production assisting.
  • Warehouse activities; goods inbound & outbound, material transfers, inventory management.
  • Vendor management; Monitor and report supplier performance.
  • Occasionally delivery of material
  • Maintain material & vendor data to relevant systems in defined area of responsibility.
  • Actively develop the way of working in cooperation with process development.
  • Coach relevant suppliers and/or internal stakeholders.
  • Cooperate with relevant internal and/or external stakeholders.


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

  • Assoc degree or equivalent.
  • Experience in purchasing, production planning or transportation.
  • SAP knowledge is a must, preferably in MM module.
  • Excellent, proven team working skills in a self-steering team.
  • MS Office tools, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams.
  • Driving licence
  • Excellent command in English. Other languages are seen as an advantage.
  • Active approach to work.
  • Good negotiation skills and strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Target and result oriented attitude. Service mind set, openness and flexibility, as well as the ability to make things happen. Ability to work under pressure. Good communication and presentation 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 that by being your own true self you can accomplish so much more. 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?


We have an amazing team, and we are excited about our work and the impact it has on building sustainable societies. We are looking to find a colleague with this shared passion for smart technologies and a sustainable future. “The work in our team offers a wide range of interesting projects and we truly have an amazing team spirit.” In addition to the core team, you will be working closely with strategic purchasers, project purchasers, warehouse personnel and supplier development engineers.


Contact & next steps

We hope to hear from you before the application deadline 22.06.2022, through submitting your application through our career’s portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process all the way.


Are you still wondering if you should apply and would like to get something clarified? Please reach out to Marta Lozano Segarra, Team leader Operational purchasing; through with any questions related to this position (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to).


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. 


Last application date: 22/06/2022

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


Nearest Major Market: San Diego