Global Category & Project Buyer

Leclanché SA

  • Publication date:

    29 September 2022
  • Workload:

  • Contract:

    Unlimited employment
  • Language:

    English, French

With over a century of experience in battery research and manufacturing, Leclanché is well placed to tackle the challenges of the transition to a carbon-free society. As the only European manufacturer of both power and energy lithium-ion battery cells, Leclanché provides the most effective energy storage solutions for electric vehicles, industrial, marine, grid and microgrid applications.
Our world leading in-house technologies and ownership of the full value chain from electrochemistry to energy management software, make us unique and a partner of choice for customers who require smarter and faster energy storage solutions.

To support our Supply Chain group, we are looking to join us in our new offices in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland for a

Global Category & Project Buyer


• Lead strategic sourcing scope on customer projects;
• Act as the interface between sourcing and project / product development, sales, engineering organizations;
• Develop and execute global sourcing strategies for the applicable direct material spend categories, as well as the development and management of a performing supply base to reach targeted performances on Quality, Cost and Delivery;
• Ensure sourcing relevant actions are on time and at cost, and propose corrective actions plans if gaps, respecting group sourcing policies and product development processes.
Role & Responsibilities
• Responsible to support Customer project by effectively managing the Sourcing and Procurement activities related to the approved capital acquisition within budget and set targets, in line with the required start-up dates and in compliance with local laws and regulations as well as Leclanché‘s safety and internal procurement policies and systems;
• Define and execute procurement sourcing strategy plan by commodities (with a focus on elements which will be sourced locally, or regionally/globally;
• Supports design or redesign to cost initiatives on projects and serial production parts working in close collaboration with Engineering;
• Identify cash/cost target opportunity and achieve the defined top-down target for assigned Direct Material category;
• Deliver to business stakeholders an execution plan recommendation with timing and sourcing strategies (with a focus on defined commodities);
• Implement and lead bidding strategies with pricing approaches and fit-for-project contracting models;
• Manage all Procurement related activities to achieve Project milestones;
• Manage the day-to-day business relationship with key suppliers through supporting activities including contracting, communication of demand/ volume/ delivery time changes, issue resolution, sharing of end-user feedback, follow up on backorders, etc;
• Develop sourcing dashboard/KPIs including sourcing activities milestones and cost contribution tracking;
• Supports the establishment and availability of functional specifications with the stakeholders as base for proper sourcing assessments and TCO evaluations;
• Provide the risk assessments on all fields related to sourcing (financial, technical, qualification, supply chain);
• Evaluate cost at TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) levels through business cases and purchasing leverages;
• Contribute to project material budget cost evaluation with the project;
• Prevent any deviance on the project (material cost, timeline) and propose alternative solutions;
• Develop a Supplier Relationship Management with key strategic suppliers through appropriate supplier management measures.

Skills & Experience

• Education: Master’s degree in engineering, business administration or similar. C.P.M., CIPS will be a plus;
• 5-7 years experience as industrial project purchaser in an international environment;
• Good knowledge of production techniques and processes;


• Initiative and Adaptability: Identifies problems and finds solutions in a creative manner. Demonstrates flexibility to changing conditions and/or environment
• Result Orientation: Possesses and applies knowledge and skills necessary for task completion. Does things and/or ensures things are done from the perspective of both quality and quantity of work.
• Communication: Written and verbal communications are clear, concise and understandable. Listens actively to others with empathy.
• Teamwork: Works cooperatively with others and is part of a team. Helps others and fosters a spirit of cooperation to achieve a common goal.


• English fluent spoken and writing;
• French fluent spoken and writing;
• German is an asset.

We offer an interesting job in an international growing company, dynamic and collaborative working environment, possibility to work on innovative projects and continuous professional growth.

Please note that we have an established hybrid working pattern in place.

Passion for work, initiative and adaptability, impact and influence, innovation and decisiveness are the key attributes we are looking for.

If you are Swiss or EU citizen, or hold a valid work permit, please apply and send your full application only in English.



Av. des Sports 42 1401 Yverdon-les-Bains