Construction Project Management Procurement

Requisition ID:  46901

Portland, OR, US

Work experience:  Professional
Type of position:  Full-Time
Job Family:  Supply Chain and Logistics

 Vestas Factory

 Professional | Full-Time | Supply Chain and Logistics

Job Title: Sr. Purchaser

Location: Portland, OR


General Purpose:

The Senior Purchaser is regionally responsible for providing suppliers in North America, while collaborating closely with our global colleagues to procure the most comprehensive solutions for Vestas and our customers. They will influence and involve cross-functional stakeholders to deliver world class procurement strategies while improving cost, quality and on time delivery.



·         Responsible for directing the business priorities to shape, define and execute the procurement strategy for the Vestas Wind Turbines and Other turbine OEM’s for construction and onsite activities.  Including but not limited to crane, labor, and balance of plant scopes.  

·         Coordinatedinate and represent global initiatives at the RPO level

·         Ability to guide RFP process from specification development, quote process, supplier selection, contract development, stakeholder management and business awards.

·         Close collaboration with key local and global stakeholders including construction, sales, project management, engineering, quality, legal and supply chain to optimize scope cost competitiveness

·         Understand and interpret technical specifications. Ability to develop business cases with total cost of ownership financial analysis to enable decisions based on technical requirements.

·         Directly support new and existing regional supplier relationships and leverage internal stakeholder/category relationships to maximize global supplier partnerships. Effectively oversee strategic purchasing initiatives and develop reporting materials (power point presentations, business cases, etc.)

·         Build supplier market intelligence and ensure that supply base data is available to support business decisions

·         Implement and coordinate all aspects of the supplier development, contracting and buy to pay processes, including proper risk management

·         Be the primary point of escalation and resolution for scope related supplier issues.

·         Ability to facilitate and influence change with our Suppliers to meet Vestas business requirements.

·         Ability to mentor other Purchasers in RPO


Essential Functions:

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, SAP and additional software programs)

·         Effective written and oral communication skills; able to express oneself clearly and in technical and non-technical terms in English

·         Ability to work flexible hours and with variety of cultures (coordinating with various time zones)

·         Ability to effectively support a cross functional team that may include internal, external, domestic and international stakeholders

·         Ability to travel as business requires


Education, Training, and Skills Required:

·         Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree in global supply chain management, engineering or other related business studies

·         5+ years' work experience in procurement or other related supply chain management field

·         Wind Industry experience is a bonus, including familiarity with supply base

·         Significant experience gathering market intelligence (understanding/interest in global markets, material trends, politics, etc.)

·         Significant experience building business cases or strategies (for a category, commodity, piece of the supply chain or for a business unit, etc.)

·         Advanced MS Excel (minimum of pivot tables, v-look up, etc.)

·         Advanced contract management experience

·         Advanced negotiation experience for supplier negotiations (Direct negotiation experienced is preferred)

·         Industry experience (renewables, energy, manufacturing/factory environment, etc.) is desired

·         Good interpersonal and stakeholder management skills

·         Solution oriented, problem solver

·         Cross cultural skills (will work as part of an international team)

·         Ability to prioritize in a time-sensitive situation

·         High level business insight (understanding of financial statements, cash flow, EBIT, inventory, etc.)

·         Project management skills

·         Critical thinking skills

·         Advanced ability to create and deliver presentations and business cases

·         Ability to coordinate a cross-functional team

·         Aptitude for construction, transport of large goods or technology (basic understanding of construction, engineering or manufacturing concepts ie. ability to read drawings or knowledge of machining, forging, casting, welding, assembly, etc.)

·         Candidate needs to be self-motivated, find opportunities and have ability to make independent decisions

·         Must have strategic purchasing experience, not only operational procurement/buying.

·         Ability to travel (20 – 25%)


Physical Demands

While performing the tasks of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use of hands and fingers to handle and feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, stand and walk. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The environment is an open office setting and the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


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About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We specialize in designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. 
Across the globe, we have installed more wind power than our competitors in the renewable energy arena. We consider ourselves forerunners within the industry, as Vestas continuously aims to design new solutions and technologies to create a more sustainable future for all of us. With more than 173 GW of wind power installed worldwide and 40+ years of experience in wind energy, Vestas has an unmatched history demonstrating our expertise within the field. 
With 29,000 employees globally, Vestas is a diverse team united by a common goal: to power the solution – today, tomorrow, and far into the future. 
Vestas promotes a diverse workforce which embraces all social identities and is free of any discrimination. We commit to create and sustain an environment that acknowledges and harvests different experiences, skills, and perspectives, and gives everyone equal access to opportunity. 
To learn more about our company and life at Vestas, we invite you to visit our website at and follow us on our social media channels. We also encourage you to join our Talent Universe to receive notifications on new and relevant postings. 

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon