Purchaser- Transport

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Portland, OR, United States

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22 days ago

The Purchaser is regionally responsible for coordinating transport suppliers in North America, while collaborating closely with our global colleagues to procure the most varied solutions for Vestas and our customers. They will influence and involve cross-functional stakeholders to deliver world class procurement strategies while maintaining cost, quality and on time delivery


  • Responsible to contribute to, define and implement the transport procurement strategy for North America, with an annual spend of 350+ million Euro)
  • Close collaboration with key local and global stakeholders including construction, sales, project management, engineering, quality, legal and supply chain to optimize scope cost competitiveness
  • Directly support new and existing regional supplier relationships and leverage internal stakeholder/category relationships to maximize global supplier partnerships
  • Oversee strategic purchasing initiatives and develop reporting materials (power point presentations, business cases, etc.)
  • Build supplier market intelligence and ensure that supply base data is available to support business decisions
  • Implement and supervise all aspects of the supplier development, contracting and buy to pay processes, including proper risk management
  • Be the primary point of escalation and resolution for scope related supplier issues

Essential Functions:

  • Transport experience required including knowledge of over dimensional and working with DOTs in the US and Canada
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, SAP and additional software programs)
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms in English
  • Ability to work flexible hours and with variety of cultures (coordinating with various time zones)
  • Ability to effectively support a cross functional team that may include internal, external, domestic and international stakeholders
  • Ability to travel as business requires

Education, Training, and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor's or Masters' degree in global supply chain management, engineering or other related business studies
  • 3+ years' work experience in procurement or other related supply chain management field
  • Experience gathering market intelligence (understanding/interest in global markets, material trends, politics, etc.)
  • Previous experience building business cases or strategies (for a category, commodity, piece of the supply chain or for a business unit, etc.)
  • Advanced MS Excel (minimum of pivot tables, v-look up, etc.)
  • Contract management experience
  • Advanced negotiation experience for supplier negotiations (Direct negotiation experienced )
  • Industry experience (renewables, energy, manufacturing/factory environment, etc.) is desired
  • Strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Solution oriented, problem solver
  • Cross cultural skills (will work as part of an international team)
  • Ability to prioritize in a time-sensitive setting
  • High level business understanding (understanding of financial statements, cash flow, EBIT, inventory, etc.)
  • Project management skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Advanced ability to create and deliver presentations and business cases
  • Ability to coordinate a cross-functional team
  • Aptitude for construction, transport of large goods or technology (basic understanding of construction, engineering or manufacturing concepts ie. ability to read drawings or knowledge of machining, forging, casting, welding, assembly, etc.)
  • Candidate needs to be self-motivated, find opportunities and have ability to make independent decisions
  • Role requires experience that has grown into a strategic purchasing role, not only operational procurement/buying
  • Ability to travel (20 - 25%)

Salary: 70,000-90,000 depending on experience

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About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We specialize in designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing wind turbines, both onshore and offshore.
Across the globe, we have installed more wind power than our competitors in the renewable energy arena. We consider ourselves forerunners within the industry, as Vestas continuously aims to design new solutions and technologies to create a more sustainable future for all of us. With more than 145 GW of wind power installed worldwide and 40+ years of experience in wind energy, Vestas has an unmatched history demonstrating our expertise within the field.
With 29,000 employees globally, Vestas is a diverse team united by a common goal: to power the solution – today, tomorrow, and far into the future.
Vestas promotes a diverse workforce which embraces all social identities and is free of any discrimination. We commit to create and sustain an environment that acknowledges and harvests different experiences, skills, and perspectives, and gives everyone equal access to opportunity.
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