Commodity Buyer

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Date: 28-Jun-2019

Location: Rochester, United States

Company: Alstom

The Railway industry today is characterized by both a strong and sustained growth across the world. The trends that drive this are well known: environmental challenges, population growth, urbanization and increasing demands for mobility.
With 6B€ of Sales and around 30,000 employees based in over 60 countries, Alstom develop & market the most complete range of systems, equipment and services offered today in the railway sector. Today we offer our customers solutions that feature a seamless blend of diverse technologies, ensuring optimal interfaces, along with flexible implementation and real synergy in innovation.



Reporting to the Product Sourcing Manager, the Commodity Buyer leads the sourcing product activities QCD from the development phase until the serial end of life. The Commodity Buyer manages suppliers QCD performances and support product execution.


What are my responsibilities?

Main missions

  • Applies and support Alstom Transport sourcing rules, process & tools.
  • Manage suppliers QCD performances and lead supplier QCD performance reviews.
  • Support product/program execution from a sourcing perspective.

Supplier relationship

  • Preparation and launch of Request for Quotation with suppliers using the standard tool.
  • Negotiation of cost reduction with suppliers.
  • Coordinate all activities related to supplier selection.
  • Inputs provider/contributor for order placement. Fill the ERP with sourcing information. Secure PO placed on time.
  • Ensure QCD targets achievement, CONQ & claims management.
  • Management of initial issues before escalation to manager.

Product execution and profitability

  • Challenge site stakeholders (engineering, supply chain, quality, …) to secure product execution and profitability.
  • Track sourcing performance in product development and issue action plan in case of deviation.
  • Analyze risks and set appropriate mitigation plan.
  • Contribute to Make or Buy scheme. She/he will also contribute to all technical transfer, as resourcing or double source, and business case preparation.
  • Actively participate on industrial continuous improvement.

Operation excellence and Cash focus

  • Support supply chain to secure OTIF objectives.
  • Support quality on NCR treatment and improvement.
  • Support finance and accounting department to fix invoices issue and manage payable days.
  • Help to manage quality of sub-contracted products.
  • Contribute to component end-of-life management and is accountable for information related to last time buy order.

Process and Tools

  • Contribute to audits and ensure that audits are passed without major non-conformities.
  • Support Sourcing maturity improvement dedicated to tools and processes.
  • Respect Alstom Transport code of ethics and guidelines.


What do I need to qualify for this job?

  • B.S. / B.A.
  • Purchasing School is desirable or Engineering School with sourcing experience following graduation.
  • 2 years experience in industrial environment.
  • Proven and demonstrable ability to successfully manage sourcing issues.
  • Be resilient, committed, and self-starting whilst strongly value the strength of the team.
  • The successful candidate will be someone who has a passion for extending their knowledge and is detail oriented in their everyday working life. Inherent desire to understand complex technologies and solutions.  Able to resolve complex, multi-functional problems
  • A strong communicator with the ability to interact at all levels within internal and external organizations
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Knowledge of SAP



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 (please use “Accommodation Request” as the subject line).  




Job Type: Experienced

Job Segment: Procurement, Accounts Payable, ERP, Purchasing, Product Development, Operations, Finance, Technology, Research

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