Repair Purchaser - Spare Parts (Global Procurement & Sourcing)

Portland, Oregon
16 Aug 2016
28 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting opportunity in a growing industry? Then take a closer look at Vestas. The Service & Spare Parts Sourcing is a newly established department designed to support the Vestas Global Service Business and its end customers. Our strategic objective is to build a competitive advantage for Vestas in growing Service arena and making it even more powerful in the coming years. Given the dynamics of the after-market and our dedicated wish to claim leadership in that market you will join a fast paced environment with a strong growth potential.

Purchaser - Multibrand Spare Parts (Global Procurement & Sourcing)

Vestas American Wind Technology, Inc., Service - US & Canada

Department Description
We are in the process of building a strong global team focused on spare parts and repairs. The goal of this team is to deliver world class sourcing and category management strategy driving cost, quality and on time delivery. As a part of this team we are now looking for a dynamic and ambitious Purchaser, who has the skills, passion, energy and drive to contribute to this vision.

  • Identify new suppliers, technologies and solutions in order to fulfill targets and KPIs.
  • Ensure that your suppliers in international and local market are supporting Vestas objectives cost, delivery, quality and safety.
  • Lead commercial and Purchase Agreement negotiations with suppliers.
  • Ensure that the spare parts and main components are available within short lead time's at most competitive price with quality and fulfilling safety standards.
  • Support the category strategy for multibrand spare parts.
  • Other tasks as assigned to allow for periodic (non-regular) or special projects that do not impact main functions of role.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Business Administration along with other relevant higher education. MBA preferred.
  • At least 3-5 years' experience in similar sourcing role.
  • Demonstrated success in understanding purchasing agreements, and negotiation strategy, balancing business profitability and customer needs.
  • Background in mechanical engineering or electrical engineering preferred; knowledge of Spare Parts, Repairs & Service of Wind Turbine Generators incl. main components.
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement and quality methodology skills. Recommends and drives improvement about the industry (pricing, trends, competitors, value drivers, etc.)
  • Detail orientation and analytical rigor.
  • Strong PC computer skills (MS Office) required, ERP knowledge highly preferred (SAP).
  • Valid driver's license, ability to obtain passport and travel as needed to meet business objectives.
  • Ability to perform under high pressure and dynamic work environment managing multiple deliverables.
  • Ability to function effectively under pressure in environments of rapid change and conflicting demands.
  • Ability to assimilate technical and commercial information and translate that into appropriate business assessments.
  • Essential behaviors - cooperation, continuous improvement, flexibility, customer focus, active listener, etc.
  • Communication- Strong verbal and written communication skills required (level of communication within company - with team, stakeholders, all levels, etc.)
What we offer
As a member of the Vestas team, we offer a competitive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry. Among the many amenities we offer: healthcare; dental; vision; paid time off (PTO); generous 401(k) plan; tuition assistance; and much more

It is the policy of Vestas to afford equal employment opportunity without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, or national origin, and to afford equal opportunity to veterans and individuals with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, provincial, or local law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify a representative within the People & Culture department.

Additional Information
This position is located in Portland, OR . Travel required as an essential element of job (up to 10%).

About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry's global partner on wind power solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 78 GW of wind turbines in 75 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else.

Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 68 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions.

Together with our customers, Vestas' more than 21,900 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.

We invite you to learn more about Vestas by visiting our website at and following us on our social medial channels.