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Head of Strategic Sourcing - South, Central and North Europe, Americas & APAC

Location: Naples, Campania, Italy
Job ID: 45557
Date Posted: Jul 22, 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 looking for opportunities to utilise your strategic sourcing experience in a truly unique role, providing leadership at a global level and working alongside passionate colleagues around the world? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

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

Role Location: This role can be based in the UK, Italy or Japan

In this exciting new role you will operate as part of the Group Category Procurement (GCP) team which are responsible for the provision of strategic and operational Procurement for assigned materials and services related to e.g. IT, HR, Finance, Marketing, Logistics, Facilities Management etc.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Leading and facilitating sourcing projects aimed at identifying cost saving and optimisation opportunities guided by Category Management

Responsibility for contributing towards developing the appropriate sourcing strategy by utilising best in class sourcing methodologies

Collaborating with stakeholders to help them develop specifications, gain quotations and conduct analysis to balance the value of competing bids and make business case based recommendations

Supporting the Procurement Management Team and working with suppliers to ensure cost reduction, risk mitigation and to establish robust commercial agreements

Leading, co-ordinating and taking responsibility for all day to day operational procurement activities and trouble-shooting, including liaison with end users and other internal stakeholders as required

Managing the procurement operations team (P2P/Order placing/requisitions) in terms of prioritisation, development, query resolution and measuring performance to ensure the highest standards of delivery and customer service

Resolving any day-to-day end user and supplier operational queries including invoice and payment issues in conjunction with Finance and budget holders as appropriate when escalated from the Team

Inspiring and managing the performance of direct reports conducting regular 1 to 1 sessions including, but not limited to, half-yearly and annual appraisals and personal development plans

Empowering, mentoring and developing team members to ensure ongoing skills/knowledge growth, succession/resilience planning and self-sufficiency/ownership/responsibility as far as practically possible

Overseeing day-to-day order lead-time resolution with the team and internal stakeholders

Manage the performance of direct reports (if applicable) conducting regular 1:1 meetings, coaching and mentoring personal development, and provide constructive feedback through appraisals

About you

Experienced in end to end strategic sourcing 

A solid record of accomplishment in shaping procurement operations with line management experience and ideally senior stakeholder interface experience across a range of organisations.

Solid Purchasing Systems (P2P) technical knowledge, ideally including SAP and Bravo Systems

Proven ability to work in cross-functional teams

Working knowledge of Procurement Processes - to an advanced working level across a range of organisations.

Sound general knowledge of Procurement principles and practices.

Strong People Management, communication and collaborative team working skills


Educated to degree level or equivalent experience

Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), or Institute of Supply Management (CPSM, or CPM) or another appropriate professional institute or relevant experience.

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, 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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