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Commodity Manager

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Location: Newton Aycliffe, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45989
Date Posted: Nov 2, 2020
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Repair & Maintenance
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: Optional

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the UK, Europe and Japan? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!

As a global provider of total railway solutions, Hitachi Rail Limited has a growing international presence and product range. We are leading the largest rail modernisation project in UK history and delivering the UK’s next generation of rolling stock. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

Hitachi Rail Limited are currently recruiting for an experienced Commodity Manager to join us at our state of the art facility in Newton Aycliffe. You will be working as a part of our global service and maintenance procurement team, reporting to the Head of Category Management for business operations and corporate. In this role, there is also the option of flexibility for you to be based at any of our other TMCs, or in our London offices, depending on your location.


In this exciting new role, you will be responsible for managing all third party supplier arrangements including sourcing and contracting, contract lifecycle management and commercial supplier management to deliver competitive advantage to Hitachi Rail Limited.


Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Continuously monitor and analyze spend with suppliers within  the managed portfolio to identify opportunities to increase spend under contract, achieve savings and mitigate risk

  • Review contract lifecycle analysis for suppliers within the managed portfolio  to plan contract expiry and renewal pipeline

  • Manage, review and validate purchase requests and engage with requestor as required to confirm purchase needs

  • Review and analyse business purchase needs to determine best procurement strategy to meet requirements in line with any relevant category strategies

  • Enforce compliance to use of existing contracted suppliers wherever contracted suppliers are able to meet the purchase need and provide value for money

  • Identify and source potential suppliers based on purchase needs provided by stakeholder and relevant category strategies

  • Maximise competitive sourcing opportunities wherever possible

  • Collaborate with Category Managers to drive alignment between Rolling Stock and S&M category strategies.

  • Pre-qualify suppliers based on ability to meet or provide purchase needs and in accordance with supplier pre-qualification procedure

  • Determine and develop RFX approach for supplier selection

  • Obtain stakeholder input to develop statement of works or requirements containing detailed requirements and supplier expectations

  • Negotiate and agree best pricing and terms and conditions with selected suppliers using legal support as required

  • Provide stakeholders and suppliers with education and advice of contract/purchase execution tasks with focus on requisitioning, ordering, receipting and payment ensuring role  and responsibilities clear

  • Manage contract approval and signature processes in line with delegated authorities and standard operating procedures

  • Work with Procurement Data Management team to ensure that supplier, contract and catalogue data is correctly set-up and maintained

  • Report savings using established procurement savings methodologies

  • Share best practice and experience with procurement colleagues to continuously improve sourcing delivery and consistency

  • Create, develop and maintain RFx templates for use with all types of sourcing activity

  • Provide RFx (including Auctions) event support to Category Managers including advice and support to creation and management of sourcing events

  • Maintain strong understanding and knowledge of legal toolkit for Procurement and any relevant legal and regulatory developments

  • Proactively develop, build and maintain productive working relationships with key business partners and suppliers

  • Communicates the value of the Procurement function to the business

About you

Essential Experience

  • Has the Leadership Behaviours & Capabilities stated as most critical to this role.

  • Previous experience working in a sourcing or buying role preferably in a Railway environment with peculiar specific experience in maintenance

  • Be an enthusiastic and quick learner with an aspiration to build a career in Procurement

  • A self-starter able to identify and deliver improvements and enhanced value

  • Working knowledge of category management, sourcing, contract lifecycle management and supplier relationship management

  • Working knowledge and practical experience of using eSourcing systems to run sourcing events

  • Able to work at a fast pace maintain a high attention to detail

  • Possesses strong communication skills with the ability to influence at multiple levels


  • Graduate calibre with Bachelor’s degree preferably in Business (or other related degree) or CIPS qualified or working towards CIPS qualification

Why Hitachi Rail Limited?

At Hitachi Rail Limited 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!

Closing date for applications is 2nd November 2020.

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