Buyer (m/f/d)

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Date: 30-Sep-2022

Location: Siegen, DE

Company: Alstom

Req ID:199576 

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, signaling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 75.000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.

We are currently looking for a Buyer for our location in Siegen, Germany


In charge of a commodity for the DACH region, buyers are the key interface between Suppliers, internal Functions and Projects. Their role covers the full scope of Procurement activity from the development of strategies locally to the first delivery and management of contracts.

They work closely with the Global Commodity Management team as well as the Supply Chain team, to understand business requirements across the region and the impact this has on their supply base and the Contracts they are managing.

Buyers are part of material bids process, implement sourcing strategies, negotiate contracts, place first orders with suppliers and manage commercial relationships.

The Buyers are working in very close collaboration with the Supplier Quality Assurance, the Engineering, the Project Managers, the Project Procurement Managers, the Material Planners, the Logistics, etc, and will together form the project team necessary to allocate each contract to the right partners.

Buyers take full ownership of the supplier relationship for the contracts they manage.



  • Actively take part in the commodity strategy by providing input to the global commodity management
  • Apply and adapt the global procurement strategy to the local needs
  • Manage your commodity from the bids phase to the first delivery
  • Work with internal stakeholders to define requirements in order to send out detailed RFQ
  • Evaluate offers and present sourcing options that meet business requirements
  • Conduct in depth cost and spend analysis in order to develop cost savings initiatives through various cost reduction options
  • Carry out administrative responsibilities to ensure process compliance and contracting activities
  • Ensure all selected suppliers are compliant to service level agreements
  • Establish and manage contractual framework
  • Supplier evaluation and assessment
  • Report and immediately respond to unforeseen supply failures, working with manufacturing and supplier to avoid supply chain interruptions
  • Close cooperation with other functions during implementation of the new suppliers/technology/products
  • Day to day tasks:
    • RFQ
    • Contract management
    • Risk management
    • Claims
    • Conflict resolution
    • Market analyses
    • Price analyses
    • Cost reduction initiatives
    • evaluate and select suppliers offers




  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Commerce with commodity related background.
  • Relevant experience in a previous role, within the manufacturing industry
  • English knowledge - fluent  
  • German knowledge - fluent
  • Capable of leading global negotiations for high value contracts
  • Strong knowledge of the key aspects of the RFI/RFQ sourcing process
  • Ability to understand value streams, cost drivers and how to break down cost structures
  • Ability to understand and develop legal contracts
  • Results driven, self- starter, problem solver with proven ability to drive projects to a successful conclusion
  • Team oriented and excellent communication skills are essential
  • Flexibility to travel on short notice
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft office products with an emphasis on Excel.


An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers.  We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.  

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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