Commodity lead buyer at Alstom

Madrid, Spain
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.
Position: Commodity lead buyer Cybersecurity and Software
Location: Madrid
Duration: Permanent

Purpose of the Job:

Leads all sourcing activities related to specific suppliers in his/her commodity at global level in order to allow to competitive bidding and on-time/on-budget deliveries for projects.


Deploy commodities strategy
Ensure project execution in line with QCD objectives
Pilot contractual relationships with suppliers for his/her scope on different sites
Supplier relationship:
  • Identification of project and business needs
  • Preparation and launch of Request For Quotation with suppliers using the standard tool
  • Negotiation of cost reduction with suppliers
  • Inputs provider/contributor for order placement
  • Ensure QCD targets achievement, CONQ** & claims management
  • Lead supplier QCD performance reviews
  • Management of initial issues before escalation to line manager
  • Respect Alstom Transport code of ethics and guidelines.

Commodity support:
  • Consolidation of commodity needs, inputs
  • Active participation to commodity strategy and panel elaboration
  • Commodity representative
  • According to delegation, lead commodity segments strategy
  • Support of Commodity Manager in tender phase
  • Represent the commodities towards projects, platforms and solutions
  • Effective teamwork with internal customers and stakeholders in problem solving

. Maintain a network of buyers in different sites. Train them and follow up tender and projects
  • Apply the Alstom Transport Sourcing process, and provide return on experience.
  • Coordinate with local sourcing teams ASIP actions related to his/her commodity

Involvement in projects:
  • Closely work with sourcing project representatives (Project Sourcing Manager, etc...)
  • Ensure work package sheet commitment respect
  • Ensure QCD targets

  • Market trends knowledge and analysis
  • Maintain CVA files
  • Management of suppliers and finding new suppliers
  • Participate in vendor selection, according to the purchasing strategy.
  • Request deals for commodity selected suppliers.
  • Analysis of offers and cost control
  • Negotiating with suppliers in English
  • Support buyers on site on making final decision and present BC for approval.
  • Define specific contractual conditions in each case.
  • Ordering made in time and quality
  • Support department offers
  • Continuous monitoring of suppliers (quality, time, price)
  • Anticipation and troubleshooting

Educational requirements:Business school or Engineering degree. MASTER in purchasing desirable

Technical Knowledge / Experience:

  • Minimum of three years working experience in purchasing technology. Software, Networks, Servers or Signalling equipment
  • Experience in purchasing telecom & security packages for Metro and/or Tramways projects is desirable.
  • Fluent English & International background

Behavioural and Technical Skills / Competencies:
  • Strong interpersonal skills (leadership, communication, ability to convince)
  • High travel frequency

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.

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