BASEL OFFICE - Purchasing Category Manager - Food

Viking is a strong and dynamic company - with a growing fleet of more than 80 river ships, seven ocean vessels, two explorer ships and a Mississippi River ship. Our guests experience all the comfort and elegance of our award-winning fleet cruising over 100 itineraries around the world.

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



  • As a key member of the purchasing and procurement department, the Food Category Manager assists the Senior Purchasing Manager in sourcing all Food items for Viking’s fleet
  • The Food Category Manager will be responsible for the end-to-end sourcing and contracting of all food items except proteins in Europe for supplying worldwide
  • The Category Manager will work closely with Viking’s culinary team, Onboard Operations team, as well as the ships staff to ensure that all products needed for the onboard hotel operations are delivered on time and at the lowest total cost of ownership



  • You will calculate and forecast spend and savings by category
  • You will independently develops category strategies and create alignment with key stakeholders
  • You will  maintain and update standard items and specification in our system
  • You will prepare tender and RFQ documents
  • You will run tenders and RFQs independently
  • You will support and participate in negotiations
  • You will select vendors, calculate TCO and close contracts
  • You will solve issues with the suppliers (service level issues, quality discrepancies, invoices, etc.)
  • You will  participate in industry events and exhibitions
  • You will maintain Viking Purchasing System (e.g. items, prices, logistics)
  • You will  conduct ad-hoc analytics related to purchasing and supply chain
  • You will support the Senior Purchasing Manager in preparing status update for the Senior Management team
  • You will forecast levels of demand for services and products to meet the business’ needs
  • You will conduct research to ensure best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality
  • You will identify new potential suppliers, agree and negotiate on supply terms where appropriate
  • You will visit existing suppliers and establishing and maintaining prosperous strategic business relationships with key suppliers



  • Good background in purchasing and supply chain management
  • Strong knowledge of best practices in purchasing and procurement
  • Minimum 2 years previous experience in a purchasing role
  • Ability of handling complex analysis well and with limited support and supervision
  • High competency level in use of MS Office, in particular Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluent in Business English
  • Eager to build a career in Procurement and improve the product on a constant basis
  • Results orientated, self-starter and can-do mindset
  • Good planning and priority setting skills
  • Analytical approach with attention to details



  • You have a Bachelor’s in Business, Finance or Supply Management


  • Experience from the Supply Management, Food, or Hospitality industry not required but a plus
  • Any additional language is a plus
  • Like to work in team in a dynamic environment



  • Fast-growing and dynamic environment, a modern workspace and flexible working hours
  • Restaurant and regular company activities (e.g., cooking classes, sponsorship to sport events, …)
  • Free cruise (for you and your +1) every two years and friends & family special discounts



Please apply via our website, including your CV in English and a one-page cover letter to introduce yourself and your interest for the role.

For more details about this position, contact Virginia Belli under +41 61 638 60 11

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