Commodity Leader

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Date: 26-Nov-2022

Location: Naperville, IL, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:395882 

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.


Purpose of the job:

  • Candidate will work in commodities management team - Always striving for a cost optimization initiative by following the global and local sourcing strategies.
  • Ensure project execution is in line with Q(Quality )C(cost) D(Delivery) T(Technical) objectives of the business.
  • Operational sourcing responsibility on negotiation, cross sites/businesses bundling to find synergy in purchasing schemes.


Key Accountabilities

Supplier relationship:

  • Manage specific supplier relationship (negotiation, specific agreement, local supplier QCDT performances)
  • Monitor day to day suppliers’ performances, handle warranties, claims and issues escalated by site buyers.
  • Respect Alstom code of ethics and guidelines.
  • Generate monthly and quarterly saving plans, continuous follow up with internal customers.
  • Support in building a cost reference library and enrich with the return of experience and by utilizing supplier quotes.
  • Enhance savings by challenging suppliers through Cost breakdown techniques, inviting supplier suggestions and encouraging suppliers to propose alternative equivalent or best manufacturing practices.


Commodity support on site:

  • Consolidation of commodity needs from relevant project teams, Collect inputs for local commodity strategy.
  • Active participation in commodity strategy and supplier panel elaboration though market intelligence and pricing trends in commodity market.
  • Support of Commodity Manager and bid sourcing manager in tender phase by helping in RFQs and key negotiations.
  • Represent the commodities towards projects, platforms and provide solutions to the project needs.
  • Effective teamwork with internal customers and stakeholders in problem solving.
  • Apply the Alstom Sourcing process, bid comparisons, prepare business awards.


Involvement in projects:

  • Coordinate projects with all stake holders by conducting monthly meetings.
  • Preparation and launch of Request for Quotation with suppliers using the standard tool (ALTES), make bid comparisons and analysis for and support on time purchase order to suppliers.
  • Lead project key negotiation and find synergies across the different sites for cost savings
  • Monitor sourcing project QCDT & project evolution (FAI, Product development and first successful deliveries)
  • Ensure work package sheet commitment respect.
  • Lead Saving Plan by leveraging Design to Cost, BCC ( Best cost countries) sourcing.
  • Promoting the Alstom Code of Ethics and adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct.


Key Job Authorities and Dimensions (Expenditure/Hiring authorities, total budget resp., team size; etc.):

  • DOA


Performance measurements:

  • Savings P&L and Cost to Complete
  • Non-Conformities Event and On Time Delivery
  • Supplier compliancy status rate

Cashflow improvement , supplier payments terms and claim management.



  • Bachelors Degree in Business or related degree; or equivalent experience
  • Fluent English & exposure to International procurement
  • 2 to 5 years of experience in industry

Strong market knowledge (Rail industry background preferred but not mandatory)


Competencies & Skills 

  • Strong interpersonal skills (leadership, ability to convince)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Internal and external influencing skills
  • Negotiation
  • Team work
  • Willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Comprehensive knowledge of commodities in area of specialization


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?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 


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