Transformation of the purchasing organization

Goal: Establishment of a powerful purchasing team at the site


Duration: Identification and implementation 6 months | Further 3 months search for suitable managers

Role in the project: Head of the purchasing team

Operational area, geographical:

  • Germany
  • Switzerland


Type: Mechanical / Plant Engineering
Turnover: 4 Bn. EUR
Number of employees: 16,000


At the beginning of my employment, I found a demotivated procurement department whose key figures were unsatisfactory

  • Relatively large team without clear structure
  • Processes were not clearly defined
  • High fluctuation in the team


  • Identification of the problem
  • Gaining the trust of the team and the management by setting up an action plan
  • Reorganization of the team into small units with clear areas of responsibility and their own team leaders
  • Teambuilding activities
  • Process improvement
  • Integration of purchasing into the entire organization


  • 15 Employees Purchasing
  • Heads of the other departments
  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • Human Resources


  • Weekly purchasing meeting
  • Informal discussions with employees
  • Regular feedback meetings with CPO
  • Regular appointments with personnel department


  • Team
  • Heads of the other departments
  • Plant Manager
  • CPO
  • HR


  • Taking responsibility of the employees for their activities and solving the related problems
  • Improved purchasing metrics (savings from 0.7% to 3.1%, on-time delivery from 78% to 89%)
  • Better standing of purchasing at the location


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