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Capital Equipment Category Buyer

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Scope Recruitment 16/09/2019
Position: Location: Sector:
Capital Equipment Category Buyer
Racine, WI Huntsville 3001 9th Ave SW Alabama 35805
0000-03-01 Industrial Manufacturing


The Senior CapEx Buyer will work under the direction of the Global CapEx Manager and be responsible for procurement sourcing for capital projects.  The Senior CapEx Buyer will support the development of a sourcing strategy, RFQ / RFI requirements, analysis of bids, negotiation of contract terms and pricing, provide required commercial support through project start-up and construction, the execution of the budget, and deliver targeted cost reductions


Engagement with stakeholders is required to define business needs, support estimation efforts in advance of receiving authorization for expenditures, and agree on procurement strategies designed to meet project schedules and budget requirements.



Our Client has been a worldwide leader in thermal management since 1916. Our Client is a global company headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, with numerous operations in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. We design, engineer, test, and manufacture heat transfer products for a wide range of applications and markets. We're at work in practically every corner of the world, inside the things you see every day.



  • Execute a capital equipment sourcing strategy and defined strategic sourcing processes.
  • Develop global / regional expertise in target commodities with a thorough understanding of demand / supply market dynamics.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of TCO (total cost of ownership) and various processes applicable to drive cost reductions.
  • Attend reviews with Global teams to ensure projects employ strategic approved vendors to implement Supplier compression objectives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with plant based engineering groups.
  • Coordinate with key suppliers / plants to ensure plant specific requirements are met.
  • Execute defined strategic sourcing process (contract negotiations, supplier development, and implementation) for category.
  • Drive utilization of tools and techniques that align to standardized processes.
  • Review, execute, and manage category supplier contracts and agreements.
  • Focus on strategic suppliers / partners to drive ongoing cost reductions.
  • Act as a liaison between suppliers and involved departments to resolve Procurement related problems.
  • Monitor Supplier performance by ensuring product is delivered as scheduled and meets specifications. Maintain appropriate files to ensure suppliers are aware of their performance. 
  • Support continuous improvement in spend and demand management processes.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of regional market dynamics. Seek alternative and innovative ideas to provide business solutions, challenge requirements, and specifications to create competitive advantage.
  • Develop influential and positive stakeholder relationships across the group.
  • Be a role model within the organization and create a culture of honesty, integrity, and trust.
  • Set cost targets to support annual budgeting processes.
  • Travel ~ 15-20% of time, international travel included.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a Cap-Ex sourcing environment with a successful track record in developing and executing supplier or customer strategies and programs involving supplier partnerships.
  • Degree in Technical discipline required.
  • Strong technical base of knowledge in tooling, equipment, manufacturing processes, and engineering disciplines.  
  • Leadership of large–scale innovations projects or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability working cross-functionally and independently in a matrix organization.
  • Experience in developing mutual relationships with key suppliers / internal stakeholders, and customers.
  • Strong Program Management skills, ability to drive and enforce program deliverables.
  • Experience sourcing from LCC sources.
  • Ability to effectively execute business needs while matching innovative solutions to meet those needs.
  • International experience required.
  • Ability to work with relevant functions across the organization in different configurations, including upper levels of management.
  • Ability to work and collaborate on a global level with international teams, recognizing cultural nuances and intricacies desired.
  • Ability to analyze complex pricing proposals.
  • Ability to lead, manage, and deliver multiple concurrent projects, influence others.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, written and verbal.
  • Established negotiation skills required.
  • Self-Starter with the ability to work independently.
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Strong Time Management Skills.
  • Results oriented and driven to solve problems.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Systems experience within an SAP environment.
  • PC literate including MS Office suite of standard programs.
  • Experience and understanding of risk management tools and techniques.

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