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Commodity Buyer

Date: May 5, 2022

Location: York, Pennsylvania, USA

Company: Voith Group


About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 20,000 employees, sales of € 4.3 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the larger family-owned companies in Europe.

For the Voith Hydro division Commodity Buying department, we are looking for:

Commodity Buyer  



We are seeking a Commodity Buyer to support our North American Hydro division in York, PA.  In this position the buyer will procure fabrication and machining commodities for Voith Hydro North America.  The position also involves ongoing communication with suppliers as well as internal functional departments.  The ideal candidate will possess strong relationship-building skills in addition to his/her technical knowledge and negotiating skills.



  • Identify and select qualified vendors based on business requirements and introduce new/alternative suppliers as required
  • Develop purchasing specifications by analyzing complex technical data, design, prints and a wide variety of other manufacturing and quality requirements, consulting with department or team members as necessary to assure correct purchasing and delivery requirements
  • Ability to determine manufacturability and value of engineered-designed components
  • Direct knowledge and understanding of sourcing of welded fabrications and machines parts
  • Manage all aspects pertaining to RFQ’s in the OTO and OTC phase of a project
  • Purchase and manage all aspects of the assigned commodities at best quality in the most cost efficient manner in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Develop collaborative relationships / strategic alliances with suppliers to promote quality improvement and cost reductions
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-directed and detail-oriented with the desire to solve problems
  • Strong work ethic with a positive attitude



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field
  • Manufacturing experience is preferred
  • Experience in SAP software
  • Excellent communication skills in English (verbal and written); French is a plus
  • 2-3 years of experience in Purchasing or Supply Chain Management
  • Proven proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)


Physical Demands

Employees in this position are regularly required to walk, stand and use hands to finger, handle or feel. They are frequently required to reach with hands and arms. They are occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear and regularly required to lift 10 pounds and occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds.  This position may require travel, both domestic and international.

* This job description is not all encompassing, however, is intended to be a general description of the responsibilities of this position.


Voith US Inc. is an EEO/AA/VEVRAA compliant Federal Contractor and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in the industry including people of color, LGBTQI+ community, women, individuals with disabilities (both seen and unseen), Veterans, people of any age or family status. We embrace the competitive advantage that diversity brings and we strive to create a working environment that is inclusive of thought and talent.

Nearest Major Market: York PA
Nearest Secondary Market: Lancaster