Strategic Buyer

02 Nov 2016
02 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
In this role, the focus will be on continuously improving the company's purchasing processes and identifying new business opportunities together with tailor-made procurement strategies. Working in a team-based environment, you will closely monitor developments within the global utilities market and ensure that the medium- and long-term supply chain is capable of supporting our product development efforts. Are you equal to the challenges associated with sustainability, risk management, and project and supply chain management? Welcome to ABB.

- Develop and integrate purchasing and procurement plans as well as strategies for new products and product development projects in the context of active sourcing of commodities
- Actively support Project Management, Research and Development, and Production by selecting materials and suppliers
- Contribute to projects aimed at product improvement, lead price negotiations, and draft and negotiate contractual agreements
- Spearhead systematic reduction of costs relating to materials (e.g., by means of annual price negotiations) and ensure that specified processes and delivery times are observed in full
- Closely monitor claims management
- Instruct operational buyers and define methods to draw up forecasts, optimize capital structures, and safeguard availability of materials
- Control and manage business communications with suppliers, Global Business Service Center, Research and Development, and Product Development

- Solid degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemistry with advanced training in Purchasing/Supply Chain Management
- Several years of work experience in the management of interdisciplinary projects relating to international strategic procurement
- Some managerial experience and proficiency in use of SAP as well as MRP and ERP systems desirable
- Expertise relating to procurement in developing markets, quality inspections, and supplier assessment
- Specialist knowledge relating to compliance and integrity
- Fluent command of German and English, both written and spoken; additional foreign language skills considered advantageous
- Strong negotiating skills