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Senior Buyer

Operations | Strzelin, Poland, Poland
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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at​.

The Role:

The Sr. Buyer is responsible for purchasing and delivering sourcing strategy of direct materials in three main categories: machinic, mechanical hardware and fabrication.


Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Purchase goods, materials, components or services in line with Xylem policies, needs, costs, quality and delivery targets.
  • Support product cost effective design while fulfilling all applicable technical specifications and full compliance with Xylem commodity strategies, policies, and other commodity guidance.
  • Work collaboratively with other Site Procurement structures and Xylem Global Procurement  regarding definition and implementation of procurement strategy. Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid business performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement.
  • Communicate with internal customers to identify needs, support product/service change requests and cooperate in company business needs realization.
  • Stay current and up to date on any changes that may affect the supply and demand of needed products and materials, advise others of any impact.
  • Actively search for suppliers, products, processes and tools to secure cost effectiveness, quality and service according to expectations.
  • Monitor market material trends and suppliers. Explore alternative sources for goods and materials. Undertake research on and evaluate existing and new suppliers in order to reduce costs where possible. Perform tenders and issue request for quotations/proposals (RFQ/RFP) to potential suppliers. Research and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible.
  • Ensure continuous supply of required goods and materials. Communicate supply problems and may pose a risk or impact on business operation. Contact supplier to resolve price, quality, delivery or invoice issue.
  • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities. Actively search information about financial status, legal irregularities, sustainability and other aspects for suppliers that might harm Xylem as a cooperation partner and customer
  • Negotiate contracts, improved prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilizing procurement and negotiation best practice tools and methods. Build, maintain and manage supplier relationship. Ensure good communication, professional and consistent approach in relation to supplier.
  • Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Deliver briefs, reports and updates when required.
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Master’s Degree in any Commercial Discipline Economics, Finance, Supply Chain, CP, Business, Management or Marketing
  • +5 years of experience in Procurement (different types of commodities, preferable experience with mechanical hardware, mechanical seals, fabrication)
  • Proven track record of execution excellence and delivering results
  • English: Fluent in speech and writing, (Chinese or Italian language skills would be a plus)
  • Experience in working with MS Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Basic knowledge of reading technical drawings and specification
  • Knowledge of ERP systems and procurement tools
  • Driving license

 Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.


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