BASEL OFFICE - Manager Purchasing Land Operations (Hotel Buyer)

Viking is a strong and dynamic company - with a growing fleet of more than 88 River Ships and seven Ocean Liners cruising over 100 itineraries around the world. In 2022, our guests will experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet with two expedition ships built specifically to explore the world's most remote destinations. We have expanded our operations to the U.S. with the addition of a new Mississippi River ship.



The Hotel Buyer is an integral part of our purchasing team within the Land Operation Department. This role is key to maintaining Viking Cruises as the industry leader, in regards to securing hotel allotments and building partnerships with quality hotel-partners by delivering season targets for allocations for our river cruise products. This role will involve working in a team, contracting hotel allotments in set destinations for extensions offered before and after the cruises. 

The Hotel Buyer is working closely in a team, with three other Hotel Buyers.

This role is based in our Operational Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Please note that we can only accept applicants who are eligible to work in Switzerland or in possession of a valid work permit.



  • Employee restaurant (including free soft drinks and juices)
  • Regular company events, such as sport games, BBQ and cooking classes
  • Flexible working hours
  • Gifts on your birthday
  • Various discounts (e.g. for sports memberships and cultural events)
  • 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



  • Identifying new potential hotel partners, agree and negotiate terms and conditions
  • You will be visiting various hotel partners 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
  • You will be managing and controlling the company’s hotel partners with an emphasis on service and product quality
  • Ensuring inventory is bought at the most appropriate, yet competitive price
  • Fosters excellent and close internal relationships with Land Operations Managers
  • You'll be continually improving 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
  • You will be in charge of processing payments and invoices
  • Contracting all land-based services for river (and ocean) vessels
  • Any reasonable task requested by the company
  • Representing the department at internal meetings and presenting purchasing performance achievements
  • Continuous development of own personal skills



  • You bring experience in Hotels, either sales or sourcing/purchasing and/or the tourism/hospitality industry is a preference
  • High competency level in use of MS Office, in particular Excel and PowerPoint; MXP or any other procurement software is a plus
  • You have a proven track record of controlling and reducing external spending whilst developing a solid supplier base (hotels) is a plus
  • Fully conversant with modern purchasing and procurement techniques
  • You have fluency in English, both in written and spoken
  • French and German would be a plus (any additional language skills beneficial)
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • You have excellent communication skills
  • You are result-orientated and confident
  • Hands-on mentality and excellent negotiation skills
  • You are personable
  • Proactive approach to overcome challenges and achieve results


If you are interested in this role, please apply via our website, including a cover letter (one page, introducing yourself and outlining why you are interested in the role) as well as your CV in English and relevant references.

For more details about this position, please contact Virginia Belli under +41 61 638 60 35.

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