Lead Buyer, Nuclear New Build Project

Finland (FI)
Competitive, depending on experience
13 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

For one of our clients in Finland, we are currently looking for a Lead Buyer to work for the Supply Chain Project department of a nuclear new build project. This would be a 1 year contract based in Finland. The Lead Buyer is responsible for placing all orders of goods and services to reach project objectives in terms of quality, time schedule and cost.


  • Managing the team of buyers located in Finland, Germany or France
  • Training and coaching new buyers, developing all buyers
  • Ensuring Orders are placed in due time, contributing to the time schedule reviews (e.g. two-month look ahead time schedule meetings, etc.)
  • Ensuring the Project budget performance target is reached
  • Coordinating the reporting for the whole team of buyers
  • Developing procedures, methods and tools for project purchasing on site
  • Analyse purchasing needs and evolutions of needs specifications
  • Identify potential new Suppliers, locally and internationally
  • Conduct the bidding process
  • Lead the Contracts negotiation with Suppliers
  • Coordinate interfaces with other departments (e.g. engineering, construction, commissioning, project control, quality)
  • Analyse prices, propose alternatives, and lead Supplier selection
  • Analyse the offer conformity with the requirements and the expected Project performance
  • Report on purchasing performance, time schedule and progress, and on the activity in general
  • Respect the Supply Chain processes and procedures
  • Manage the Contract execution / expediting until complete delivery and Contract closure
  • Participate to claims building or claims defence


  • Experience in engineering-procurement-construction-commissioning (EPCC) Projects, ideally within the nuclear industry
  • Engineering background preferred
  • Technical background as well as commercial background
  • Successful experience working as Manager or Project Manager
  • Experience in Purchasing
  • Experience in Negotiation
  • Fluent in spoken English and full professional proficiency in written English (i.e. able to write a contract in English)
  • EU citizenship and valid work permit would be essential


TTA Summary

Thomas Thor Associates is a recruitment and consulting organisation dedicated to the nuclear industry. We recruit for roles in nuclear new build, operations, decommissioning, research and waste management and our clients include nuclear regulators, operators, engineering companies and research organisations

How to apply?

Please forward your CV directly to a.koleva@thomas-thor.com or call Anelia on +33 1 84 88 80 00 for an informal discussion on this or other opportunities.