Interim Purchasing Manager for the wood industry


The client is a medium-sized internationally successful Austrian company in the wood industry with several hundred employees. Their strong growth requires a strategic realignment of the international purchasing of raw materials, semi-finished products and trade goods. The long-standing purchasing manager unexpectedly left the company due to illness and for a longer period of time. The company was looking for an Interim Manager with several years of international experience in strategic and operational purchasing. Fluent English was a prerequisite. The assignment was to start immediately and the duration of the mandate was planned to be twelve months.



  • Strategic task in international purchasing of raw materials, semi-finished products and merchandise.
  • Responsibility for results and budget, purchasing controlling
  • Management of the entire procurement chain incl. complaints management
  • Inventory optimization in terms of short delivery cycles and consignment stocks
  • Independent management of contract and price negotiations in an international environment
  • Implementation of lean management in the purchasing organization



  • Internal strategy meetings introduced
  • Conducting supplier audits, supplier evaluations and their ongoing development
  • Creation of new tender guidelines and bidder lists
  • Operational purchasing negotiations
  • Handling of existing disputes
  • Development of new purchasing sources in Europe and Asia
  • Improvement of quantity planning



  • P+P presented an ideal candidate within 24 hours, who could start immediately
  • Immediate assumption of line responsibility in purchasing
  • Re-evaluation of strategic suppliers and development of new sources
  • Securing the necessary quantities of input materials for growth
  • Further development of existing suppliers

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