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Localization Leader, Onshore Wind EMEA (m/f)

  • GE Renewable Energy
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/24/2017 12:04:31 PM
  • 2798959
  • Job Function: Sourcing
  • Business Segment: Renewable Energy OnShore Wind
Location(s): Germany, Spain; Salzbergen, Barcelona

About Us:
Renewable Energy offers its customers solutions for energy production from renewable resources such as wind, solar and biogas. With more than 18,000 installed wind turbines globally, GE Energy provides more than 25,000 megawatt installed capacity of clean and efficient energy. A comprehensive service program supports clients from project development to operation and maintenance, to solutions for network integration and the commercial exploitation of wind energy. In Germany, GE Wind Energy is represented by almost 2,000 wind turbines. The wind turbines are manufactured in Salzbergen, Lower Saxony - GE's European headquarters for renewable energy, where also the European Customer Service and Training Center is located.

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Role Summary:
The role of the EMEA Localization Leader f/m is to facilitate profitable regional growth in new countries and emerging markets. The Localization Leader will develop strategies to shape policy on regional localization, define innovative and cost effective execution tactics, and be a growth enabler to the region.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Represent GSCM in meetings to define the localization strategy with the EMEA Leadership Team: define what to localize and high level options and make recommendations based on customer dynamics
  • Partner with Logistics team to develop and use cost models to optimize assembly location versus project destination and factory capacity constraints
  • Perform landed cost analysis when needed
  • Develop Country Localization plan including roadmap and schedule, by interfacing with New Markets BD team and Megadeal ComOps team, aligning with the GSCM Manufacturing and Sourcing teams
  • Represent GSCM in external meetings with customers. Be able to explain the customer our localization strategy and plan
  • Represent GSCM in meetings to discuss the preferred localization plan with suppliers / partners
  • Provide GSCM inputs to MOU, JVs, preliminary customer contracts
  • Provide cash flow inputs related to localization set up: CAPEX & cash advances
  • Provide cash flow and prof sum inputs related to localized component costs (RFQs, Inbound Logistic cost studies, ramp up times, currency mix, etc)
  • Define IT systems (eg ERP) and resource plan ITO and OTR
  • Handle interface with Supply Chain GGO throughout the process
  • Identify, Visit, Audit and negotiate with local suppliers/partners to provide local components for GE Renewables in cooperation with respective GCLs and SDE CoE in Budapest
  • Lead recruitment of GSCM local execution team, and perform handover to this team
  • Until full handover is performed, lead localization projects providing technical leadership and best practices, project leadership to ensure on time startup, product quality, future model capability and NPI suitability, and lowest cost. Prepare supplier/partner agreements (LoI)
  • Manage localization project leaders in the region


    • Ability and willingness to travel worldwide (approx. up to 30% of time)
    • Bachelor degree (BS/BA) in a technical, engineering or business field or equivalent
    • Significant experience in roles in Manufacturing and/or Sourcing in the Wind industry with progressively increasing responsibility
    • Previous experience with localization projects
    • Strong business acumen with proven leadership experience
    • Knowledge of Wind Turbine Products
    • Ability to work effectively with all levels in the organization
    • Proven strategic skills to lead growth while understanding tactical execution
    • Proven communication skills, interpersonal, oral and written.
    • Strong financial analytical, influencing skills with the ability to solve problems, manage projects and build rapport at all levels within an organization
    • Speak, Read and Write English fluently
    • Preferred location in Salzbergen, Germany; internal applications from Barcelona will also be considered

      Desired Characteristics:

      • Six Sigma Green Belt certification or equivalent
      • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver business level summaries
      • Proven experience working with diverse global teams
      • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and lead in a matrix environment
      • Able to use Microsoft Project to schedule and track projects
      • Able to use Microsoft Excel to develop schedules and cost models


      Locations: Germany, Spain; Salzbergen, Barcelona

      GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE 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.
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