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    17 Nov 2022
    Upington, Northern Cape, Upington, South Africa
    Job Type
    Market Related
    Salary per month/ hour/ year
    Start Date
    Tags/ Keywords
    Energy Utility Technical Buyer job Northern Cape,Technical buyer job northern cape,Technical buyer job pofadder,,Technical buyer job upington
    Renewable Energy
    Northern Cape
    Contact Name
    AltGen Employment Services HR


    We have a challenging yet exciting opportunity available for an Energy Utility Technical Buyer to join a Multinational Company with energy assets spanning 3 Continents. This role will be based at the Company’s CSP facility in the Northern Cape. We’re looking for an expert that has a good grasp on the complexity of product and service specifications within Renewable Energy space and who can source, purchase, and deliver at competitive rates across an ever-expanding variety of materials, parts, and services without compromising the operational success of an entire plant. This is your chance to grow your career at a renowned O&M responsible for the O&M of CSP facilities.

    Education Requirements

    • Degree/Diploma in Technical Management

    Experience Requirements

    • 7 Years MRO purchasing experience with lifecycle/TCO management
    • Strong inbound knowledge, coupled with strict Procurement Regulations (PFMA knowledge advantageous)
    • A solid understanding and working knowledge of the procurement module on an ERP system (SAP)
    • Proven track record of Warehousing Operations with complex and pragmatic stock management


    • Develop or manage the inventory/store strategy
    • Manage activities of purchasing, production planning and scheduling, inventory management, warehousing and logistics
    • Coordinate with warehouses and logistics to optimize domestic and international shipping processes; submit recommendations that lower costs
    • Perform technical and commercial evaluation of quotes received in consultation with end users
    • Assist various departments with the sourcing of specific components, such as Pumps, Valves, Motors, Instrumentation, Spares for the repair of pumps, valves, motors, Electrical spares, Siemens turbine and generator spares, and Heat tracing
    • Procure and manage Technical long-term Service Agreements, PVS certifications, pressure vessel inspections, NDT’s, turbine pipe cutting and rewelding, welding work on piping and pressure vessels
    • Assessment of stripped equipment and components i.e., ensuring that OEM parts are supplied to conduct repairs on equipment
    • Manage the buying process for a given set of goods in line with specified cost, quality, and delivery targets
    • Provide technical/commercial assistance to Commodity Buyers to develop an awareness of manufacturing processes and improve product knowledge
    • Apply sourcing policy, and interface between supplier and entity with respect to specifications and budgets
    • Develop and maintain a strong foundation of function skills and knowledge of relevant purchasing and sourcing concepts
    • Manage problems and schedule changes and ensure changes are reflected within the ERP systems
    • Balance both tactical executions with strategic initiatives necessary to drive cost reduction projects
    • Ensure the continuous supply of required goods and materials and communicate any supply problems which may pose a risk or impact on plant operations
    • Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliers
    • Research and evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible
    • Develop ideas and strategies to improve operational efficiency, add value, aid plant performance and work towards a strategy of continuous improvement
    • Negotiate contracts, improve prices and terms of business with suppliers and review opportunities to make business savings utilizing negotiation and procurement best practice tools and methods
    • Assess and evaluate suppliers and undertake performance reviews to ensure contract compliance and manage performance improvement activities
    • Ensure that a professional and consistent approach is taken in relation to all supplier relationships
    • Ensure compliance to company guidelines, purchasing policies, and procedures during supplier negotiations and contracts award process
    • Explore alternate sources for goods and materials
    • Assess tenders and quotations from potential suppliers
    • Prepare purchase orders in line with final negotiations with selected suppliers and in line with organizational targets and requirements
    • Contact suppliers to resolve price, quality, delivery, or invoice issues
    • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with stakeholders and suppliers regarding new projects, supplies and initiatives and advise of the impact of change on purchasing and production activities


    • Highly skilled at building and maintaining effective and productive relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers
    • Strong negotiation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
    • Analytical, numerically astute with strong proven problem identification and solution abilities
    • Results orientated with the ability to plan and deliver against project deadlines
    • Commercially and financially conscious
    • Keen attention to detail and accuracy
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to influence others and lead small teams
    • Ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously
    • A developed and strong foundation of function skills and knowledge of relevant purchasing and sourcing concepts

    Who Is AltGen?

    We offer recruitment, consulting and employment services with a focus on recruitment for renewable energy and environmental jobs in South Africa and Africa at large. AltGen is a renewable energy recruitment agency based in Cape Town which focuses on developing careers for individuals in our niche space.

    With an experienced and passionate team with over 100 years of combined experience, AltGen plays an integral role in the South African renewable energy and sustainability industry. We operate throughout the African continent in both anglophone and francophone regions and are rapidly expanding globally. With entities in South Africa, Kenya, and Mauritius, we have a direct impact on the continental energy industry.

    Our recruitment agency focuses on jobs in: Solar | Wind | Renewable Energy | Biogas | Biomass | Energy Management | Energy Efficiency | Green Buildings | Green Tech | Photovoltaics | Solar Thermal | Energy Storage | Battery Systems | Off-grid | Hydro | CSP | CPV | IoT | AI | AgriTech | FinTech | Green Hydrogen

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