Strategic Procurement Specialist
What is your position?
I work as a Strategic Procurement Specialist. My responsibility is to decide which suppliers we are going to use in the future. It also involves negotiations and audits of our current supply base in order to get the best quality products and the lowest possible price.
What's the most innovative Munters product or initiatives that you are most "proud" of?
A big part of my job is to avoid risk and especially with our key commodities, I am therefore “proud” of being persistence of implementing new suppliers for our key commodities. Thus eliminating risks and also getting leverage for future negotiations.
“I pack my bag and take with me…” ; Give me 3 things you pack from your daily life which you need or characterize you and tell me why it is important for you.
I pack my bag and take with me my Kindle, running shoes and telephone. The Kindle is important when you are travelling, so you can spend your time doing something useful like reading, while flying or waiting at an airport. The shoes represent training whether it is running, going to the gym or swimming. But it is always important to exercise and keep yourself in shape. The telephone is a means of keeping in contact with my family and friends while at work or travelling.
How would you say that your bag items reflect you?
A person that likes to be active while at the same time likes to learn new things and expand his thinking.Also a person who cares for his family and friends, and regardless of where you are wants to be involved in their lives.
Tell me about a fun experience at Munters
Working with strategic sourcing you travel to different suppliers, so a fun part of my job is to see different industries and how they operate. For example I visited a paper mill up in Michigan, and it is really impressive to see these big machines and how they produce paper.
What challenges are you facing in your day-to-day job?
One of the challenges is to make sure we can get the correct changes we need for our products without compromising quality or delivery issues. Another challenge is to be proactive and understand what is happening in the different markets so we can react in time.
What would a perfect Sunday be like for you?
A perfect Sunday is spent first with a good healthy breakfast followed by a golf round with my friends.
Was there anything that surprised you when you started at Munters?
I was surprised at the amount of possibilities you have to make an impact, even if we are a medium sized company. Your actions and daily work really makes a difference.
What would your friends say is your biggest strength?
My friends would say my biggest strength is to create and maintain good relationships with people.
What would your best career advice be for a new employee who is about to start a career with Munters?
First listen to all the expertise and knowledge we are carrying, but then try to build upon that and move forward using your own experience, do not start from scratch, but instead try to see further by standing on the shoulder of others.
What’s the best part of your job?
The ability to work independent and really make an impact, and for us it is much a winning or losing game, which appeals to the competitive side of me. Also no day is equal to the other.