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Head of Procurement, Rolling Stock

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Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45496
Date Posted: Jun 10, 2020
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Supply & Logistics
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Are you a procurement leader looking for opportunities to lead a large global team and work on high profile global projects within the growing rail market? Come and join us on this exciting journey!

Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

In this exciting new role you will manage RS Procurement line of business globally, leading, defining and delivering a clear procurement strategy and ensuring alignment with the group’s strategic business objectives and Group procurement functional plan.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Lead, define and develop RS LoB procurement strategy and 3 to 5 year plan against defined KPIs, aligned with the Group’s strategic business objectives

Maintain legal compliance across the portfolio and manage contacts with audit and finance

Develop and manage deeper long term relationships with key stakeholders, both internal and external

Deliver all financial commitments for RS Procurement against pre-determined targets of revenue, profit and cost

Ensure procurement policy and processes are implemented and adhered to in the line of business, including monitoring of key procurement policies and procedures to ensure compliance with total business governance

Accountable for leading RS category strategies, ensuring they reflect project, manufacturing and in-service requirements.

Support and deliver all procurement activities for both manufacturing and service delivery

Effective deployment of project management within procurement to interface key interface with internal customers

Participate in the Group Procurement Leadership Team (GPLT), leading line of business activities laid out in the annual plan

Lead, direct, and manage a multi-disciplinary global team of professional staff responsible for RS Procurement

Coach and develop high performing teams

Champion and drive innovation and collaboration initiatives across the Hitachi Rail business and provide necessary guidance to project teams

About you

Strategic Procurement leader with experience in running a large global team (ideally gained in an engineering or manufacturing based environment), including previous experience of managing responsible procurement processes as part of customer proposals

Significant senior purchasing experience with a proven track record of delivery against targets and costs

Evidence of successfully managing a multi-million pound function in a similar environment (Procurement/Purchasing/Supply Chain)

Proven record of managing overhead costs during all business cycles, with significant experience in preparing and managing budgets

Significant background in category management and strategic sourcing, with experience of supplier relationship management and contracts negotiations

Experience of working in a global matrixed, centrally co-ordinated procurement operating model

Excellent influencing and relationship-building skills and experience of operating as part of a global procurement leadership team

Strong verbal communication and influencing skills – articulate and comfortable communicating with staff at all levels up to and including global board members level, able to influence through competence not power/position

Significant experience of managing a team and proven track record of ability to gain specific results through people – a good coach to the team and ensuring talent is developed and recognised

Commercially-aware, with the ability to identify business needs and develop pragmatic solutions

Resilient and able to assess and manage multiple and conflicting priorities effectively


Relevant university degree or equivalent experience

Ideally member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (desirable)

Why Hitachi Rail?

At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.

We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.

If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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