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Commodity Manager

Location: Newton Aycliffe, Durham County, United Kingdom
Job ID: R0004661
Date Posted: Jan 17, 2022
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Other
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the around the globe? 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

In this exciting role you will be responsible for the management of the procurement of a portfolio of commodities within a Rolling Stock category, conducting required source-to-contract activities to enable Hitachi Rail to perform its Rolling Stock Manufacturing activities.

This role can be based from our Ludgate office in London or our manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Strategy and Planning:
    • Develop and agree the Category Plan for a portfolio of commodities
    • Setting project procurement plans in line with the agreed category strategy / plan and executing projects accordingly.
  • Source-to-Contract:
    • Identification, approval and set-up of potential suitable suppliers for the commodity portfolio.
    • Setting sourcing strategy for new contract opportunities.
    • Run sourcing events (RFX, e-auction etc.) based on agreed sourcing strategy.
    • Manage source to contract activities in line with Hitachi staged approval process.
    • Evaluate supplier proposals and provide recommendations to the business for supplier appointment.
    • Contract drafting, negotiation, approval and award.
  • Contract Enablement
    • Support Materials & Vendor set-up in ERP/MRP systems across Hitachi Rail global entities
    • Lead contract handover reviews with operational teams and Contract Managers (specific Commodities)
  • Contract Management
    • Escalation point for contract claim negotiation
    • Support business stakeholders in all exceptional cases of supplier non-performance
    • Lead contract handover reviews with operational teams
    • Closely engaged with Operational procurement teams to ensure on-time on-budget delivery of materials and services
  • Supply Base Management
    • Conduct supplier performance reviews
    • Conduct supplier risk management activity (financial, capacity reviews etc.)
    • Identification and management of value chain improvement initiatives
  • Other
    • Be a leading example of the HRE mission, vision and values
    • Contribute to the development of the procurement function
    • Flexibility with regards to UK & European/International travel required, particularly between UK sites (London / Newton Aycliffe / TMCs), frequency up to weekly

About you

Skills & Experience

  • Commodity management experience (although not specifically in Rail)
  • Able to negotiate directly with suppliers for all contract provisions
  • Experience in a manufacturing or service & maintenance environment
  • Good working knowledge of SAP including PO, Material Master, PIR, Contract management
  • Proven ability to work in cross-functional teams
  • Strong understanding of Contract law and contract drafting for different types of Product / Services.
  • Appreciation of cost saving methodologies e.g. value engineering, logistics optimisation.
  • Sound commercial acumen
  • Good knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft office packages
  • Experience and understanding of Contract Lifecycle Management tools
  • Candidates need to have flexibility in regards to international travel as this will be required occasionally dependent on projects.


  • Educated to degree level
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or appropriate professional institute or relevant experience.


  • Strong work ethic, highly motivated and able to work with minimum supervision
  • Able to represent the procurement function and interact across all levels of the business
  • Desire to understand working with different business cultures
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Demonstrates perseverance, patience and commitment for long term success
  • Good organisation/time management
  • Enjoys challenges and problem solving
  • Highly organised and methodical
  • A team player

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!

Closing date for applications is 24th January 2022.

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