Senior Buyer

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Date: 26 May 2023

Location: Hatfield, HRT, GB

Company: Alstom

Req ID: 407521




Site: Hatfield / Hybrid


Appointment Basis: Permanent


Excellent Salary + Benefits Include: Pension, Contributed Healthcare, Life Assurance



Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide 

Employing 6,000 people within the UK & Ireland, we are the prominent supplier of new trains and train services, and a leading signalling and rail infrastructure provider. Alstom have built, or are building, just under 40% of the UK mainline train fleet, as well as the entire fleets in service with London Underground and Dublin Luas


Purpose of the Job

As part of the Metro Trains Sourcing; responsibility to ensure availability of both goods and services to meet the business needs, to provide goods and services at best value and to ensure that all Alstom policies, processes and systems are adhered to.



· Perform Supplier selection within the business, ensuring materials and services are provided to the business      at the appropriate Cost, Quality and Delivery

· Undertake Contract Management of Suppliers where a Service Level Agreement/Contract exists, improving their performance in terms of Quality, Cost & Delivery



· Ensure all requirements are competitively sourced in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures.

  Prepare and launch RFQs, perform supplier selection and Business Awards for identified material and/or service requirements in accordance with the relevant policies and procedures;

· Negotiation of cost reduction with suppliers

· Leads supplier QCD performance reviews according to Commodity Manager delegation Use of the Alstom Tendering tool

· Manage existing contracts and undertake contract negotiations for goods and services as required.

· Provide full Sourcing support for any identified project activities / requirements, including deputising for the Unit Sourcing Manager

· Ensure Terms & Conditions, and other Charters/Alstom requirements, are in place with Suppliers

· Respond to supplier and internal queries in a timely and professional manner.

· Undertake periodic benchmarking and maintain market intelligence to validate costs and drive cost reduction activities where appropriate. · To support the Business approval process for purchases;

 ·Develop sourcing strategies, including the use of e-procurement tools, in conjunction with the Unit Sourcing Manager and other Alstom representatives.

· Maintain an accurate ‘base data’ with Supplier quotations uploaded into RAIL-SYS

· Resolve any contractual or performance issue associated with supplier agreements in a timely fashion.

· Escalate, as appropriate, any contractual or performance issue associated with supplier agreements.

· Act as an ambassador for Alstom and the Sourcing function both internally and externally.


Educational Requirements

Engineering or souring degree level or equivalent experience, with CIPS qualification (or be studying for CIPS)


Technical Knowledge / Experience

· Previous experience in Sourcing

· Experience in Railway industry preferable

· Financial and commercial awareness

· Good knowledge of SAP

· IT literate with strong knowledge of MS Office


Core Skills

· Strong financial, analytical and negotiating skills

· Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to manage relationships at different levels

· Excellent communication skills

· Strong Leadership skills


Behavioural Competencies

· Self-directed and results focussed



· Ensures QCD targets achievement, CONQ & claims management on scope of responsibility

· ASIP Savings

· Percentage of supplier spend under contract, and maintenance in RAIL-SYS SMARt Score

· Number of QCDT reviews with Suppliers

· Maintenance of a suitable number of vendors on the Alstom Approved Supplier List


We offer a highly competitive starting salary, 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to increase this to 30 days, healthcare, life assurance, an excellent company-contributed pension scheme, and a wide range of flexible benefits that you can tailor to suit your lifestyle.


The talent team are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and the role will close as soon as a suitable person has successfully passed the assessment process. To be considered please send in your application as early as possible


Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive, and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?.

We aim to have a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals, of different ages, genders, ethnicities, disability, LGBT, religion and/or belief. As a 'Disability Confident' employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.


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