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Chief Procurement Officer (f/m/d)

Date:  23-Jul-2022
Job ID:  6594
Company:  Alpiq AG

Olten, CH

Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full-time position
Job Level:  Managers
LinkedIn:  #LI-SFCH

At Alpiq, we are currently looking for a new CPO. This great role, which manages currently 9 people across different locations and will ultimately manage a spend of over 200 Million CHF, is a great opportunity for an experienced procurement lead to implement various best practices and increase the maturity of the function. As we continue on our path to becoming a leading European energy boutique and with our significant contributions to sustainability and the energy transition, the role offers plenty of excitement, be it by supporting our growth in the hydrogen business or by optimizing procurement in our IT and data heavy commodity trading environment. Ideally, this role is to be based at our offices in Olten Switzerland. It reports directly to Alpiq’s Head Corporate Services and Executive Board Member Alexandra Machnik. 


Your main responsibilities

  • Establishing and managing procurement policy, strategy and governance
  • Designing, implementing and managing the category management approach, first for indirect procurement and later on for power generation categories
  • Introducing best in class supplier relationship management across businesses in Europe, together with Alpiq’s key internal stakeholders in the business divisions
  • Driving procurement activities and performance with value to Business (Total Cost of ownership / Supply chain resilience / Supplier performance and Quality / Lead-time etc.)
  • Reporting strategic initiatives and KPIs to top management to demonstrate improvements, establishing a procurement dashboard, etc. 
  • Instilling a high-performance team culture, based on strong business partnering, measurable KPIs and inclusiveness


Your main qualificiations

  • Higher education, engineering degree preferred
  • Proven leadership experience with ability to drive initiatives in a multicultural environment
  • More than 10 years of experience in category management in direct and indirect categories and solid experience in procurement strategy 
  • Ideally previous knowledge of the energy business, power generation, trading or other relevant businesses 
  • Strong strategic vision and planning 
  • Above-the-average communication and influencing skills, ability to drive cross-functional change  
  • Fluency in English, German and French appreciated 


No Agencies Please! 
No external third-party recruiter has been briefed to recruit for this position and all potential candidates are kindly asked to apply directly. Unsolicited profiles by third-party recruiters will not be considered and all candidate exclusivity claims rejected. 
Shortlisted candidates will be sent a more detailed job description at a later stage. Thank you so much, we look forward to speaking with you! 

What is also important to us!

Diversity and inclusion
At Alpiq, we believe in the power of diverse teams. We pay great attention to keeping our recruiting process free of any discriminatory bias and we actively use diversity as a selection criteria, when personal and functional requirements are met. We always strive to create an inclusive company culture, and an example of this is, that we try to offer part-time solutions for candidates who match our requirements. Is that important to you and are you really keen on a role, that is only posted as full time? If yes, then please reach out to us and we will check if we can find a solution that works for both sides.

Attractive employment conditions
The energy business is a small and complex world and it’s important to us, to use contemporary and attractive employment conditions to attract the best talent. As a pan-European company, our conditions and benefits are adapted to the local markets. You can find more information about this on our career site. We are currently also reviewing our flexible working guidelines. If we meet in an interview, we will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have around this topic.

Data protection and process
At Alpiq, data protection is an important topic. Please pay close attention to the corresponding disclaimer, which appears in the online application form and explains in detail, what we do with your data. In regards to the recruiting process, we want to keep it as fair and transparent as possible. Even though we try to consider candidate needs individually, we are not always able to avoid standard communication, due to the high number of applications. Therefore, we kindly ask for your understanding. For more information about our recruiting process and some useful tips and tricks on how to apply, please follow this link.  

Are you ready to apply now? Need more information about Alpiq? Then follow this link to our homepage.

Moritz Nauer



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