BASEL OFFICE - Hotel Buyer


The Hotel Buyer is an integral part of our purchasing and procurement department. This role is key to maintaining Viking Cruises as industry leader in regard to securing quality, efficiency and delivery targets within the entire supply chain in the river/ocean cruise industry.

The Hotel Buyer is teaming up with two other Hotel Buyers. This role is based in our Operational Head Office in Basel, Switzerland. Travelling up to 10% within Europe is expected.

Please note that we can only accept applicants who possess a valid Swiss work permit or who are eligible to work in Switzerland.



  • Identifying new potential suppliers, agree and negotiate terms and conditions
  • Visiting existing suppliers across Europe (may be on short notice), and establishing and maintaining prosperous strategic business relationships with key suppliers
  • Negotiating and agreeing on contracts and monitoring their progress
  • Managing and controlling the company’s suppliers with emphasis on service and product quality
  • Ensuring inventory is bought at the most appropriate, yet competitive price
  • Foster excellent and close internal relationships with Land Operations Managers
  • Continually improve purchasing methods
  • Procurement of hotel rooms incl. F&B in the creation of replacement programs for unforeseen events such as floods, low water, etc.
  • Producing reports and statistics
  • Processing payments and invoices
  • Any reasonable task requested by the company
  • Representing the department at internal meetings and presenting purchasing performance achievements
  • Continuous development of own personality
  • Contracting all land-based services for river (and ocean) vessels



  • 3-5 years' experience in the Hotel sourcing/purchasing and/or tourism industry is a prerequisite
  • High competency level in use of MS Office, in particular Excel and PowerPoint; MXP or any other procurement software is a plus
  • Proven track record of controlling and reducing external spend whilst developing a solid supplier base
  • Fully conversant with modern purchasing and procurement techniques
  • Fluency in English, both in written and spoken
  • French and German skills would be a plus
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Result-orientated and confident
  • Hands-on mentality and excellent negotiation skills
  • People-orientated
  • Proactive approach to overcome challenges and achieve results



  • 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 on sport and cultural events


Please apply via our website including your CV and cover letter in English.

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