Purchaser, Specialist

Requisition ID:  49428

Portland, OR, US Brighton, CO, US

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

 Vestas Factory



Location(s); Portland, OR/Brighton, CO

General Purpose:

The Procurement Specialist- Indirect Commodities is regionally responsible for managing indirect commodities, mainly Human Resources, in North America while collaborating closely with our global colleagues to procure the most competitive solutions for Vestas. They will influence and involve cross-functional stakeholders to deliver world class procurement strategies while driving cost, quality and on time delivery.



  • Responsible for directing the business priorities that shape, define and execute the procurement strategy for Vestas’ stakeholders. Supporting our offices and factories with the following areas:
    • Facilities Management
    • Employee benefit packages including healthcare, prescription, brokerage, etc.
    • Training and career development platforms
    • Human capital, VMS, 3rd party labor experience to support turbine repair, maintenance, construction, white collar, safety professionals and special projects. 
    • Experience in souring outside consulting and legal services.
    • Global and regional agreements with expedited logistic companies
    • Travel agreements.


  • Close collaboration with key local and global stakeholders including Human Resources, Facilities Management, Health & Safety, Legal, Finance and more.
  • Directly manage new and existing regional supplier relationships and leverage internal stakeholder/category relationships to maximize global supplier partnerships.  
  • Manage strategic purchasing initiatives and develop reporting materials (PowerPoint presentations, business cases, etc.)
  • Build supplier market intelligence and ensure supply base data is available to support business decisions.
  • Implement and manage all aspects of the supplier development, contracting and buy to pay processes, including proper risk management.
  • Be a point of escalation and resolution for scope-related supplier issues.


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; 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 lead 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 master’s degree in business school, supply chain management, engineering or other related business studies
  • 5+ years' work experience in procurement or other related business 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 (Lead negotiation experienced is preferred)
  • Industry experience (renewables, energy, manufacturing/factory environment, etc.) is an advantage.
  • Strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Solution-oriented, problem solver
  • Cross-cultural skills (will work as part of an international team)
  • Ability to prioritize under pressure.
  • High-level business acumen (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 lead 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.
  • Ability to travel (20 – 25%)

Salary: $100,000 USD-$110,000 USD annually 


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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 www.vestas.com 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