Surgères, FR Vaasa, FI Mulhouse Cedex 1, FR

Function:  Supply Chain Management
Job Category:  Support Functions

Strategic Purchaser

Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our partners to accelerate their decarbonisation journeys through our market-leading technologies and power system modelling expertise. These cover decarbonisation services, future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS Digital Energy Platform.


Did you know Wärtsilä has delivered 76 GW of power plant capacity and more 110 energy storage systems in 180 countries around the world?


In this fast changing world of energy, we are constantly on the lookout for future-oriented talent to join our team and to work towards enabling sustainable societies through innovation in technology and services - together. Want to join the ride?


We are now looking for a 


Strategic Purchaser


to join our team of 8 Strategic Purchasers responsible and managing our whole qualified suppliers base used for Special Applications (Military and Nuclear engines spare parts & services).


The preferred location for the position is in Surgères (France), Vaasa (Finland) and Mulhouse (France).


What will you be doing?


  • Manage and develop the assigned categories, supply performance to meet set targets for quality & delivery time, cost, and lead time.
  • Negotiate, create, and maintain supply conditions with suppliers and communicate results to the internal stakeholders in defined area of responsibility.
  • Handle supplier relationships.
  • Ensure that our suppliers take into account the overall technical, quality and heavy specific requirements of our nuclear business, manage the changes and improvements.
  • Participate in or execute supplier audits, validation, and follow-up.
  • Secure our supplier capacity for growing demand.


You will work in close collaboration with all the category managers and group strategic purchasers in charge of the categories of components.


For us to be the best match, we expect you to have understanding in the criticality of coordinating the required actions mobilization as appropriate with technical and quality departments and having experience of purchasing critical components in a similar area. As the ideal candidate, you are experiment in the supply chain, dealing with obsolescence and technical knowledge would be a must. For you to succeed in the position, we expect from you to have proactiveness, reactiveness and organization skills, as well as be communicative towards all stakeholders, altogether in an oriented mindset.


As Strategic Purchaser, your work will focus on these responsibilities:


  • Negotiate and maintain Nuclear Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)
  • Ensure that objectives and targets on Quality, Delivery Reliability and Cost are met in line with worldwide Nuclear customers requirements and standards.
  • Maintain purchasing data.
  • Secure strategy & forecast capacity alignment.
  • Perform Vendor Management System rating.
  • Complete Workflow tasks for sales quotations, sales orders, identifications
  • Manage No source items, Request for Quote
  • Manage the obsolescence detection, monitor, secure suppliers and parts validation in cooperation with our QPTM (technical) department.
  • Place prototypes orders and follow-up qualification process.
  • Manage suppliers’ compliance & risks, incl. decarbonization contribution.
  • Solve problems with suppliers & internal stakeholders.


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


  • Good knowledges in industrial project management techniques
  • Basic technical knowledge and you are able to understand the challenges and needs of projects.
  • Fluent in English, French potential, and you are proficient in computer tools.
  • A real sense of interpersonal skills, you can create partnerships with
  • suppliers and good relationships with your surroundings
  • A good mastery of negotiation techniques
  • An open mind for improvement suggestions and being proactive


In this role, travel capacity is required to meet our suppliers, logistic or workshop centers. Thus, we hope you to be ready to travel approximately 10%, even though most of the meetings are held virtually.


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. 


Contact & next steps 


We hope to hear from you soon, by submitting your application through our careers portal. We aim to keep you updated on the process throughout. 


For further questions please reach out to Pascal Fonne, Strategic Purchasing Manager, through email pascal.fonne@wartsila.comwith any questions related to this position (only for questions from direct job applicants, applications through email will not be recorded or responded to). 


Welcome to join us in shaping the decarbonisation of marine and energy!

Last application date: 21/12/2023 


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. Our team of 17,000 professionals, in more than 240 locations in 79 countries, shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. Read more on www.wartsila.com