Commodity Buyer/Purchaser - Multibrand Spare Parts

Portland, Oregon
10 Oct 2016
15 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a commodity buyer looking for an exciting opportunity in a growing industry? Then take a closer look at Vestas. The Service & Spare Parts 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.

Commodity Buyer/Purchaser - Multibrand Spare Parts

Vestas American Wind Technology
Global Procurement - Service & Spare Parts

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 Commodity Buyer/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.
  • Partner with suppliers within local and international markets to manage objectives cost, delivery, quality and safety.
  • Lead purchase agreement negotiations with suppliers.
  • Generate cost models, competitive bidding and spend analysis driving costs objectives.
  • 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 sourcing and category management 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.
  • Technical background, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering preferred; knowledge of Spare Parts, Repairs & Service for GE, GAMESA or SIEMENS wind turbines incl. main components.
  • Minimum 3-5 years' experience in buyer/purchaser role with proven experience large purchasing volume.
  • Knowledge of WTG OEM's supplier base and sourcing is critical.
  • Demonstrated success in understanding purchasing agreements, cost models, negotiation strategy, balancing business profitability and customer needs.
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement and quality methodology skills. Recommends and drives improvement about the industry (pricing, trends, competitors, value drivers, etc.)
  • 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.

  • Highly self-driven with demonstrated accountability and ownership. Functions effectively under pressure in environments of rapid change and conflicting demands. Demonstrated ability to balance competing priorities. Demonstrates a sense of urgency in meeting goals.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including confidentiality, interpersonal skills, presentation skills and an ability to use a variety of communication tools. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, especially senior managers and other key decisions makers.
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 15%).

By joining Vestas, you join the only global energy company dedicated 100% to wind energy. Together with our customers, we have installed more the 51.000 turbines in over 70 countries, and we remain committed to increase that number via our superior, cost-effective wind technologies, products and services.

Since Vestas was founded in 1979, Vestas has achieved a market-leading position with more than 60 GW of installed wind turbines or around 19% of the total global capacity.

Every day, everyone at Vestas works to make Vestas the undisputed global wind leader and the world's energy mix more sustainable - join us, and be part of ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.