Senior Commodity Leader

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Date: 13-Jan-2022

Location: Grain Valley, MO, United States

Company: Alstom

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 70000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.   


The Senior Commodity Leader is positioned at the interface between Alstoms product / project teams and the industries and suppliers that supply core component technologies. The Senior Commodity Leader will develop and execute sourcing strategies, as well as recommend product innovations based on improving technology. The position requires an interest in market dynamics, negotiation and pricing, manufacturing processes, and risk mitigation.


The Senior Commodity Leader will:


  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the commodity landscape in order to forecast industry trends and gauge emerging competitive forces. Identify changes in buyer and supplier power within core materials markets and use industry dynamics to Alstom's advantage.
  • Effectively work with suppliers to negotiate optimal terms for sourcing. Understand the trade-offs between cost, volume, and quality in order to strike agreements that meet Alstom's performance criteria and secure long term supply continuity.
  • Collaborate across the global Alstom organization to ensure business objectives are met. This includes the ability to rapidly synthesize and communicate findings to senior leaders and to actively identify potential supply issues that can affect product / project strategy or deliverables.
  • Optimize supply chain performance through cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking. Develop an in-depth understanding of value-added manufacturing processes and costs, and market intelligence, and apply this knowledge to influence and drive Alstom's sourcing decisions.
  • Drive a comprehensive strategy covering their portfolio to deliver lower costs, risk mitigation, higher quality parts the first time and secure delivery on time to the needs of the business.
  • Assess and mitigate risks to the business. Manage global supply chain disruptions in real time. 

Basic qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in a discipline related to Business, Engineering, or Mathematics.
  • Minimum 5 years combined experience in sourcing, purchasing, materials, supply chain, and inventory control related roles.

Desired Characteristics

  • Experience with a multi-site or multi-business environment.
  • Proven track record of leading sourcing, purchasing, inventory control, supply chain, and materials efforts
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple and competing priorities.
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organizations internally and externally.
  • Experience using lean principles & tools and a strong continuous improvement mindset.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other functions.
  • Advanced understanding of financial concepts (working capital, cash flow).
  • Strong analytical skills with ability synthesize data and make recommendations.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce is a lever to running a sustainable and successful business. We are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.


Alstom offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and flexible work options, as well as a uniquely diverse and unified team of professionals.  Our culture supports an environment where employees can continuously learn and gain professional growth through education, exciting projects and career mobility.  Alstom recognizes your achievements and excellent performance through various performance incentive, recognition and reward programs.  Our commitment is to you, the employee. Come work in an environment that is driven by integrity, innovation and visionary thinking.  Make the switch to a new track and join Alstom today! 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Alstom is a drug-free workplace.


This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities

Alstom provides reasonable accommodations and/or assistance to applicants with disabilities and disabled veterans (including but not limited to other protected veterans and individuals with known physical and mental limitations).  If you need a reasonable accommodation/assistance for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please contact Alstom’s Recruiting Department at careers.us@alstom.com (please use“Accommodation Request” as the subject line).



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