Sr. Purchaser

Requisition ID:  49428

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: Purchaser

Location(s); Portland, OR

Job Description:

The Purchaser is regionally responsible for maintaining transport 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 high procurement strategies while maintaining cost, quality, and on-time delivery.


  • Responsible for contributing to, defining, and implementing the procurement strategy for a wide variety of scopes within Direct/Indirect Materials in North America, with an annual spend of 500+ million Euro)
  • Close collaboration with key local and global stakeholders, including construction, sales, project management, engineering, quality, legal and supply chain to optimize scope cost competitiveness
  •  Directly coordinate new and existing regional supplier relationships and leverage internal stakeholder/category relationships to maximize global supplier partnerships
  •  Develop strategic purchasing initiatives and develop reporting materials (PowerPoint presentations, business cases, etc.)
  •  Build supplier market intelligence and ensure that supply-base data is available to support business decisions
  •  Implement and supervise 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


  •  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
  •  Experience gathering market intelligence (understanding/interest in global markets, material trends, politics, etc.)
  •  Previous 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.)
  •  Contract management experience
  •  Advanced negotiation experience for supplier negotiations (Direct negotiation experienced)
  •  Industry experience (renewables, energy, manufacturing/factory environment, etc.) is desired
  •  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 a variety of cultures (coordinating with various time zones)
  •  Ability to effectively develop a cross-functional team that may include internal, external, domestic and international stakeholders
  •  Ability to travel as business requires


  •  Strong 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 develop a cross-functional team
  •  Aptitude for construction and transport of large goods or technology (basic understanding of construction, engineering, or manufacturing concepts, i.e., ability to read drawings or knowledge of machining, forging, casting, welding, assembly, etc.)
  •  Candidate needs to be self-motivated, find opportunities, and have the ability to make independent decisions
  •  The role requires experience that has grown into a strategic purchasing role, not only operational procurement.


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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