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Job Title

Commodity Buyer

EmployerBombardier Transportation
Industry SectorConstruction, Engineering, Manufacturing, Other, Retail, Services, Transport & Distribution
Contract TypePermanent
Job CategoriesPurchasing / Procurement Jobs, Supply Chain Jobs
Date Posted19 April 2018

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Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

We are currently looking to recruit a Commodity Buyer (m/f) for our team in Derby


Commodity Buyers are the key interface between suppliers, internal Functions and Projects. Their role covers the full scope of Procurement activity from the development of strategies to the operational delivery and management of contracts.
They work closely with the Global Supply Chain team to understand business requirements across the globe and the impact this has on their suppliers and the Contracts they are managing.
Commodity Buyers are part of material bids process, implement sourcing strategies, negotiate contracts, place orders with suppliers and manage commercial relationships with suppliers.
The Commodity Buyers work in a team made up of Inventory Management and Supplier Quality Assurance who, together, take full ownership of the supplier relationship for the contracts they manage.

Your Tasks

Winning material bids

  • Commodity Buyers provide pricing to the Bids Team to support the development of opportunities. This can include facilitating activities with suppliers to develop new products or deliver improvements in cost over previous bids.
  • Depending on the phase of the bid, Commodity Buyers contribute to the identification of material requirements, estimation of allowable costs per systems, provision of material reference costs, issuance of RFQ to suppliers, selection of offer, creation of specific contractual packages, assessment of opportunities and risks in the supply and finally a sign-off a final Bill of Material for specific commodity.
  • Sign-off the "as sold Bill of Materials" for tenders in coordination with Business Unit Procurement Managers and Material Bid Coordinators.

Manage purchase contracts for the commodity

  • Support development of Strategic Sourcing strategies
  • Develop an annual plan for commodity sourcing activities, in conjunction with other appropriate functions, which will clearly identify how total acquisition cost reductions and availability/inventory objectives will be achieved.
  • Actively take part in commodity networks led by Global Strategic Buyers in providing input to Strategic Sourcing
  • Provide input to the Global Strategic Buyers regarding their Business Unit specific Procurement needs, the evaluation of supplier performance, the description of the supply base and finally collection of past and future spend data

Lead the management of contracts

  • Risk Management
  • Performance improvement
  • Cost Reduction
  • Claims
  • Conflict resolutions
  • Feedback and input into bids from lessons learnt

Develop supplier 'best in class' performance

  • Manage the commercial relationship with suppliers in line with their Commodity Strategy.
  • Ensuring suppliers are globally competitive and enabling the business to gain competitive advantage.
  • Develop long term supplier relationships through regular performance reviews and continually drive cost out of the supplier's business, out of BT and out of the way we do business together.
  • Utilize appropriate tools and techniques effectively to ensure that Procurement delivers its cost and performance requirements e.g. LCCS, CI, Open Book Costing, Value Engineering, Value Stream Mapping.
  • Establish Requests for Quotations including commercial and technical requirements, evaluate and select suppliers offers, place orders and control file transfers
  • Where relevant, accurately capture and communicate to the suppliers the relevant project-specific Technical Requirements Documentation
  • Where relevant, Commodity Buyers involve and manage suppliers into a joint product design development process (JDDP) in order to integrate efficiently supplier solutions

Manage material cost reduction activities

Responsible for delivering cost reduction targets


  • Relevant experience in a previous role, within the manufacturing industry
  • University degree or equivalent through experience, complemented by a demonstrated track record of success.
  • MCIPS qualification preferred but not essential
  • Sourcing and procurement planning
  • Excellent contracting, legal & compliance knowledge
  • Excellent negotiating / influencing skills
  • Supplier performance and improvement management experience
  • Computer literate: MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good business partnering skills
  • Team player

Competitive Salary Range
Number of working hours: 37

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