He's been in procurement for seventeen years, from buyer to strategist, from the public sector to the private sector. For the last ten years his focus has been on procurement legislation, processes and systems. Put simply, he says, he's involved in all procurement activities which don't involve actual buying or negotiating with suppliers. What does he enjoy about it? The endless variety in procurement and the resulting infinite possibilities to find the optimal solution.
Digital procurement solutions in large concerns have characterised the career of Jana Hladíková who started in the procurement world in 2004. Since then, she has been involved in the implementation of an electronic auction system at Makro Cash & Carry, and for the past six years she has been working at the Agrofert Group, firstly as a buyer in the bakery concern Penam, and subsequently in the Central Purchasing Division, where apart from overseeing tenders for the whole group, she also deals with the group’s procurement methodology.
Tomáš graduated from the Department of Public Administration at Masaryk University in Brno. After this he started working as an accountant in Znojmo Prison and after two years he was recruited by the Directorate General of Prisons in Prague for the position of regional accounting, methods of accounting and reporting of procurement. He joined the municipal real estate management team in Znojmo in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and currently he is the director of the organization. He manages 4 500 apartments and all of the city´s sports facilities. He has been responsible for the computerization of public procurement and has thus saved the city a considerable amount of money.
Since 2005 Pavel has been in procurement in banking and hire-purchase concerns, and before that in B2B business. At KB he worked in the procurement of ICT and projects for the bank and its subsidiaries. In his current position at Equa Bank he is in charge of all supplier relationships. He likes working on complex cases with strategic benefits for the buyer, frequently in ICT and services. Recently he’s been devoting a lot of his time to the development of people without procurement experience. In all he’s been using digital procurement solutions since 2005.
Karel currently works as Central Purchasing Manager at PBS, a prominent global manufacturer based in Velká Bíteš. He has used electronic auctions as part of the central purchasing process. He has extensive experience with logistics and purchasing from HESTEGO, where he worked as a Logistics Manager and Head of Strategic Purchasing. "Electronic auctions are a solution for verifying the market price and make the buyer think systematically when creating a selection strategy."
He graduated in Law from Palacky University in Olomouc, where he majored in the study of the theoretical foundations of public procurement. The topic of his thesis was issues with and principles of public procurement. After a short time in the legal profession he began working as a specialist in procurement for the railway company Cargo Slovakia, where he worked as a team leader for strategic sourcing and procurement. He currently works He is currently working at the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic.
Patrik is an electrician who studied management and economics and has been in procurement for the last fiveteen years. He began by buying modems and cables and now manages an international team of buyers at the Erste Bank Group spending about 350 million euros a year. One of his many challenges is having strong nerves.
He has been working at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice since 2005. From 2005 to 2015 as Head of Information and Communication Technology he deployed a number of information systems from conception through design and procurement to implementation. Since 2015, as Bursar of the University, he has continued to advocate digital solutions for a variety of operational areas at the university. He considers one of the most important areas of digitalisation to be the introduction of a system for the digital collation of procurement requirements and the digitalisation of public procurement planning and processes, in the form of a comprehensive, efficient, transparent and sophisticated procurement system. With the introduction of this system, the university has saved considerable funds, and in 2017 it was awarded first place in the START category at the Fair Sourcing Awards.