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General Electric Commodity Leader in Berlin, Germany

Job Description Summary

Lead Buyer for dedicated and assigned commodities on Grid Solutions ACS Substation Business, such as Cables, Cubicles and Switchgear. The Commodity Buyer is responsible for the performance of the associated suppliers from tendering stage (ITO) to execution (OTR). She/He addresses customer specific requirements for each project while assuring best practices sharing continuous improvement among other commodity buyers. She/He supports also the existing Sourcing team for the purchase of other materials and services needed for our projects.

Job Description

Roles and Tasks

  • Define supplier strategy including management and optimization of supplier panels.

  • Actively driving the communication towards suppliers to improve pricing, lead times and payment terms

  • Prepare and launch RFQ`s, negotiate the contracts in coordination with the internal stakeholders and transmit information to Procurement

  • Prioritize contract (re)negotiation, anticipate information gathering and discussions to accelerate contract agreement in OTR

  • Streamline the onboarding process based on supplier market constraints, make explicit Product Line risk appetite by nature of risks review during onboarding

  • Coordinate the assessment of the supplier’s performance, to manage the on-going contracts execution and to influence the strategic positioning for next deals

  • Map the supplier market per capabilities, business interest, past performance, geographical area for each segment

  • Share market evolutions, key indexes, best practices within the team and across other GE organizations, templates, checklists

  • Scope and responsibilities may evolve depending on the context and the profile of the candidate

Desired characteristics

  • Project sourcing and negotiations skills

  • Ability to understand and execute commodity strategies

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to influence others

  • Lead initiatives of moderate scope and impact

  • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously

  • Effective problem identification and solution skills

  • Ability to work in a team and matrix organization


  • Expertise in Project Contract Management, Engineering or Strategic Sourcing

  • At least 5 years of working experience

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Language: German (B1 level required) and English

  • Office Software (Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook)

  • Ability to work in a global environment

  • Home Office is accepted