Purchasing Specialist/Buyer

Purchasing Specialist/Buyer

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Are you ready to work with a purpose? At ABB, you can be sure you’re helping to create a better world. The business you’ll secure and the partnerships you’ll build will touch the lives of millions when they lead to sustainable power plants in remote corners of the world or improved safety for workers in auto plants. ABB is seeking a Distribution Transformer (DTR) Order Fulfillment Specialist or Buyer for its South Boston, Virginia location. You will be executing procurement of the materials and services that support the business by optimizing availability, inventory and reliability of the suppliers and supplied products. Ensure execution in accordance with Company and Supply Chain Management (SCM) sourcing strategy, instructions and procedures.


Typical duties/responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Material demand planning:

Reviews on the regular base the ERP demand plan and acts accordingly to initiate or change in a timely manner the PO to Pay Process. Shares forecast with supplier as defined.

• Procurement:

Reflects promptly the contractual conditions with supplier into ERP system. Initiates and execute all necessary steps of the Procure to Pay process in line with sourcing strategy, Company instructions and procedures. Work continuously to improve process performances in line with defined objectives (i.e. PR to PO rate, late PR and Order Confirmation, Late Delivery dates, number of Blocked invoices). Addresses the exceptions in alignment with the planning and the SCM function. Takes into account supplier constraints in order to minimize risks to the delivery and extra costs. Manages long outstanding open PO’s adequately. Escalates issues as needed.

• Monitoring performance levels:

Monitors supplier performance level on agreed KPI’s and provides regular feedback to suppliers planning and SCM functions. Implements improvement measures with the suppliers in alignment with other functions. Manages simple claim with suppliers. As instructed, engages with SCM to improve the supplier’s service and delivery performance. Populates agreed sections of standard reports such as Supplier Performance Evaluation.

• Reporting:

As needed provides reports and shares with other colleagues and functions.


Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and minimum 2 years of experience in Buying or Procurement.

**Ideally this role could be filled at a more senior level should the candidate meet the following:

• Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5 years of experience in Buying or Procurement.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing or Supply Chain is preferred.

• Excellent communication skills to include specific and technical oral and written skills to internal personnel and external customers.

• Experience in manufacturing buying/procurement and or transformer manufacturing.

• MBA is a plus.

Additional information

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at ABB

ABB is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, creed, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, citizen status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, family medical leave status, or protected veterans status. For more information regarding your (EEO) rights as an applicant, please visit the following websites:
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ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

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