Transformation in the material management and operations area at an international laser system manufacturer

Increased efficiency of the material management organization through re-organization of the team, assignment of clear responsibility and accountability


Duration: 8 months

Role in the project: Project Manager

Area of application, geographical: Germany


Branch: Industry / Mechanical engineering

Turnover: EUR 120 million

Number of employees: 500


  • Divide the Buyer/Planner organization into clear teams. Purchasing was divided into commodity groups. Each planner was assigned a product group.
  • The newly created processes have created a clear distribution of tasks and a uniform way of working.


  • Optimization and digitalization of purchasing processes
  • Establishment and expansion of the purchasing and planning organization
  • Clear supplier allocation (one face to the supplier)
  • Clear product family responsibility of the planners
  • Material group and master data management programs
  • Warehouse optimization
  • Coaching of the executives


Global team consisting of:

  • Head of Operations
  • Head of Department Material Management
  • 3 Team Leader Purchasing / Planning / Logistics
  • 20 buyers
  • 22 Planner
  • 21 Employees logistics
  • Production department manager
  • Head of Strategic Purchasing
  • Sales Manager


  • Weekly feedback meetings with COO in USA
  • Daily update from the Operations Manager
  • Informal discussions with employees


  • Fast set-up and implementation of the new material management organization within 2 months
  • Securing the supply of materials despite shortages on the world market
  • Clear process definition and partial digitalisation of these
  • Definition of the future IT infrastructure of the purchasing department
  • Increase in material availability through improved supplier management


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