BASEL OFFICE - Assistant Purchasing Manager (Non-Food)


The Assistant Purchasing Manager’s job is to assist the Senior Purchasing Manager in sourcing all Non-Food items (galley equipment, paper products, chemicals, table- and stemware, uniforms, etc.) globally for Viking’s fleet of River and Ocean ships.

The main responsibility includes preparing tenders and RFx documents, calculate and forecast spend and savings across categories, maintain and update standard items and prices in Viking’s purchasing system, as well as ad-hoc analytics. In addition, the Assistant Purchasing Manager is also involved in managing logistics as well as inventory controls.

The Assistant Purchasing Manager will be part of Viking’s Purchasing team responsible for all sourcing across Viking’s river and ocean business, and work closely with Viking’s culinary team, Onboard Operations team, as well as the ships inventory managers to ensure that all products needed for the onboard hotel operations are delivered on time and at the lowest cost possible.

The Assistant Purchasing Manager (Non-food) will report directly to the Senior Purchasing Manager (Non-food) and will be located in Basel, Switzerland. Please note that we can only accept applicants with a valid Swiss work permit or who are eligible to work in Switzerland



• Calculate and forecast spend and savings by category

• Maintain and update standard items and specification in our system

• Prepare tender and RFx documents

• Support and participate in negotiations

• Support the Senior Purchasing Manager in solving issues with the suppliers (service level issues, quality discrepancies, out of stock, invoices, etc.)

• Support the Senior Purchasing Manager in issuing quarterly purchase orders across the fleet and manage and monitor their delivery

• Participate in industry events and exhibitions

• Maintain Viking Purchasing System (e.g. items, prices, logistics)

• Update prices in our system on a periodic basis

• Conduct ad-hoc analytics related to purchasing and supply chain

• Support the Senior Purchasing Manager in preparing status update for the Senior Management team




• You just graduated from University (Bachelor or Master degree) or have a degree from a Hospitality school

• You are business fluent in English

• You gained first work experience, either through student jobs or internships

• You are eager to build a career in Supply Chain Management

• You are passionate about traveling and interested in the hospitality industry

• You are a self-starter with a can-do mindset

• You are eager to learn and like to work in a team

• You consider yourself to be hands-on and hard-working

• You have strong analytical skills and like to work in a dynamic environment

• You possess very good Excel and PowerPoint skills


• Possibility to learn purchasing and supply chain operations from one of the leading Purchasing teams in the industry

• Work with leading edge purchasing tools and techniques

• Flexible working hours

• Onsite employee restaurant (including complimentary soft drinks, juices and coffee)

• Regular company events, e.g. sports games, BBQ, cooking classes

• A modern working environment with height-adjustable desks

• A dynamic and fast-growing environment where you can drive your future

• A free cruise for you and your +1 every two years

• A highly talented, passionate and international team

• Various discounts, e.g. for cultural events


If you are interested, please apply with your CV and a one-page cover letter in English, as well as your university diploma and grades.

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