Buyer Group Leader

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Date: 03-Jun-2022

Location: Valenciennes, 59, France

Company: Alstom

Req ID:232262 

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of now and the future. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses, autonomous subways, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of 36 300 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.

Procurement Group Leader  (M/F)


Location: Valenciennes

You will join the Center of Excellence Interiors, key player in the design and development of the train interiors parts.: plus de With more than 150 People, de 22 different nationalities, designers ,Buyer, Industrial, Projects Managers & experts, working on national and international projects.


What are my responsibilities?

Is responsible of managing a team of project buyers

Reporting & Links:

  • Reports to : Procurement and Costing Manager
  • Manages: Project Buyers
    Network & Links
  • Internal Interfaces:
  • CoE Team : Project Managers, Costing Manager , Buyers, Commodity Managers, SPQD Group Leader / Manager, Bid Manager, Engineering Group Leaders
  • Internal Customers : Project Procurement Manager, Site Procurement Manager, Project Operation Manager
  • External Interfaces: Suppliers




  • Management
    - Manage project buyer’s team (competencies, workload, development plan)
    - Contribute to recruitment of project buyers
  • Procurement performance:
    - Apply Alstom procurement rules, process and tools
    - Bring Procurement expertise to project buyers
    - Challenge central procurement teams to secure project execution and profitability in critical phase
    - Contribute to the Tactical plan review and supplier selection process.
    - Animate supplier performance reviews
    - Manage Risk Assessment and Mitigation Plan
  • Support Bids :
    - Secure cost commitment by working closely with Bids team & costing manager
  • Projects execution
  • Ensure in his/her team the Supplier offers robustness (RFQ package, negotiation, Business Award preparation)
  • Analyze cost and negotiate prices with suppliers before Business Award milestone
  • Validate the supplier choice for Pre-Business award according the Tactical plan
  • Collect all necessary information for Business Award preparation
  • Manage cost modifications – Negotiate it when necessary
  • Track the cost evolution from Business Award until Serial phase for his/her Projects
  • Apply procurement process for modifications during serial phase (Quotation/Negotiation/Purchasing orders)
  • Make sure that procurement cost reviews are regularly updated by her/his team through Alstom tools
  • Secure Purchasing orders placement and signed contracts on time


  • Supplier performance :
    -   Generate cost reduction ideas and consolidate it into internal procurement saving tool (ASIP)
    -   Drive supplier’s management on projects in charge.
    -   Coordinate supplier’s business reviews
    -   Support Project Buyers on Claims and Complex situations / crisis with Supplier according escalation process (Supply Chain OTIF, NCR or supplier quality issues, planning)
    -   Support Project Buyers on Complex negotiation and Contractualizations.
    Minimum qualifications
    Knowledge & Experience :
  • Engineering school with Sourcing master degree or Business School
  • Minimum 5-7 years in Industry, ideally in Railway
  • Solid experience in Procurement
  • Is able to demonstrate management of people
  • Is able to work in an international environment and matrix organization structure.
  • Leadership, team management, strategic vision, internal and external influencing skills
  • Able to work in an international, multi-sites and matrix organization
  • Fluent in English and multicultural mindset


Team size :

  •    From 6 to 10 project buyers

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.



Job Type:​Experienced​

Job Segment: Procurement, Supply Chain, Purchasing, Buyer, Supply, Operations, Finance