Operational Buyer - Nacelles

Company Name:
Vestas-Wind Systems, Inc.
Title: Operational Buyer - Nacelles
Location: Colorado-Brighton
Other Locations:
Brighton, CO - Nacelles
Operational Buyers will procure all items to support the assembly of nacelles and hubs to meet customer requirements. This may include materials and services to support independent and/or dependant demand and may include direct and/or indirect items. Using sound purchasing practices and business acumen acquired through a combination of experience, education and functional training, the Operational Buyer will exercise independent discretion on procurement matters of significant importance to ensure continuity of supply while optimizing key business metrics in safety, quality, cost, delivery, inventory and responsiveness.
The Operational Buyer will be the primary owner on behalf of the Nacelles Production Business Unit (PBU) to initiate, negotiate, and execute the purchase of thousands of bill-of-material parts and consumables valued at millions of dollars for the purpose of fulfilling individual contracts of sale. Each contract of sale will specify product specification and revision, delivery terms, lot sizes, proper Incoterms, and price. Buyer must analyze and interpret various requirements based on a combination of the Nacelles factory production plan, Vestas' global inventory position, supplier capability and performance, resource availability, and contractual obligations to optimize the total landed cost. Based on forecasts, changing customer and market needs, as well as changing product specification, the Operational Buyer will negotiate and amend the outstanding contracts of sale to minimize the financial impact to Vestas .
The Operationl Buyer must represent the the company in handling all supplier interactions, including independently resolving disputes with with suppliers on individual contracts of sale and resolving all open issues between parties. They will be the primary factory interface to the supply base with regards to safety, quality, delivery and financial liability. Each Operatinal Buyer is responsible for building relationships (SRM) and partnering with suppliers as the single point of contact on behalf of the factory to decrease total investment of ownership to the business, increase supplier performance, and streamline processes focused on continuous improvement and lean initiatives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (Other duties may be assigned):
Responsible for developing, nogotiating the replenishment strategies with the suppliers and implementing various Lean principals in order to minimize working capital and mitigate liability exposure. Examples include Just-In-Time, Kanban, U-Kanban, Consignment, and Vendor Managed Inventory. He/she is to ensure continuity of supply and supply chain responsiveness to meet customers needs. The strategies determined by the Buyer will increase or decrease company's working capital by hundreds of thousands of dollars effecting carrying costs by tens of thousands of dollars. (25%)
Position my require the Operational Buyer to visit the suppliers' sites, or host visiting suppliers', from time-to-time to conduct performance and regular business discussions to ensure optimization of KPI's and continuity of supply. (15%)
The Operational Buyer will be the primary person responsible to negotiate settlement agreements, including liquidated damages, with transport suppliers. These settlements are typically in the tens of thousands of dollars. (10%)
The Operational Buyer will be the primary person responsible to negotiate settlement agreements, including liquidated damages, with Bill-of-Material suppliers. These settlements are typically in in the tens of thousands of dollars. (10%)
The Operational Buyer will be the primary person responsible to negotiate terms and conditions with suppliers of office products, consumables and other MRO type purchases. (5%)
Responsible for the performance of the supply chain to meet business objectives. Must review short term and long term capacity and resources planning with individual suppliers on behalf of the business to meet customer requirements. (5%)
Release and manage contracts of sale to the supply base which bind the company to significant liability over extended time frames. Maintain core data intregity in the ERP system to support efforts. (5%)
Negotiates terms and conditions with sister factories for the transport of Multi-Intersite Logistics (MISL) orders. The costs associated with such decisions fluctuate in the tens of thousands of dollars. (5%)
Responsible for coordinating the delivery and testing of sample products with suppliers for all new product introductions (NPI). (5%)
Responsible for communicating Engineering Change Orders (ECO) and negotiating on behalf of the business unit to reduce liability exposure, minimize rework and scrap costs, maximize productivity. (5%)
Report to and inform the leadership team on daily and weekly critical metrics related to supply chain performance. Monitor supplier KPI's such as On-time Delivery, Responsiveness and Capability to the Supplier Scorecard. Lead or participate in monthly/quarterly business reviews with the supplier and SCM. (5%)
Supervisory Responsibilities:
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Analytical - Collects and researches data; provides recommendations to senior management and/or executes decisions based on fact-based information blended with past expereience
Design - Demonstrates attention to detail.
Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner with little or no direction. Self-starter that takes initiative to ensure KPIs are met.
Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification when necessary, provides direction to warehouse, suppliers, production floor to ensure continuity of supply, able to articulate critical and complex tasks to any/all factory and SCM personell.
Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; developes and implements new policies and procedures to support continuous improvement, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; as lead factory makes proposals and documents best practices to other global organizations to ensure procurement excellence across the organization is achieved
Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time.
Dependability - Follows instructions, gives clear direction and instruction, responds to management direction, provides recommendations to management
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor degree in Logistics, Supply Chain, Production Operations Management or General Business with Supply Chain / Logistics focus required.
Master degree in related discipline preferred and/or 5 years experience in production environment.
Industry certification in APICS, ISM preferred.
Language Skills
Ability to read and comprehend detailed and complex instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write detailed and complex correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, suppliers and other employees of the organization.
Mathematical Skills
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Reasoning Ability
Abililty to apply common sense understanding, prior education in logistics, supply chain or operations management and experience in related field to develop and deploy and/or execute detailed instructions. Ability to deal with problems ranging from simple, few variable issues to complex, multi-variable problems in standard and non-standard situations with little direction.
Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Database software; ERP software; Order processing systems with extensive knowledge in spreadsheet applications in Excel such as pivot tables, v-lookups, macros, etc. Strong understanding of Word, Powerpoint, Microsoft Project, and Outlook or other e-mail software.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Industry certificates in APICS, ISM, AST&L, and other professional institutes preferred.
Other Qualifications
A bachelor's in related field required, masters in a plus
3-5 years experience as a Buyer
By joining Vestas, you join the only global energy company dedicated 100% to wind energy. Together with our customers, we have installed more than 51.000 turbines in over 70 countries, and we remain committed to increase that number via our superior, cost-effective wind technologies, products and services.
Since Vestas was founded in 1979, Vestas has achieved a market-leading position with more than 60 GW of installed wind turbines or around 19% of total global capacity.
Every day, everyone at Vestas works to make Vestas the undisputed global wind leader and the world's energy mix more sustainable - join us, and be part of ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.Supply Chain Management

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