As procurement evolves from the traditional back-office function to playing a more strategic role, organizations must decisively move to fill talent gaps by investing in skill and capability development. Volker Pyrtek, CEO of BuyIn, discusses how he balances entrepreneurship with procurement expertise when evaluating employees and future leaders. When equipped with a diversity of skill sets, experiences and competencies, procurement functions are better positioned to deliver enhanced value.
Volker heads BuyIn, the 50:50 Procurement Joint Venture between Deutsche Telekom and Orange with offices in Paris and Bonn. He is responsible for strategic procurement activities in the customer equipment, network and service platforms areas of both operators, covering a spend of approximately 13 billion euros in almost 50 countries. Volker has more than 20 years of experience in various executive positions and sectors. He joined Deutsche Telekom in 2002, as Head of Procurement for T-Mobile International, Bonn. In 2007, he became Chief Procurement Officer for Deutsche Telekom. Before that, Volker held various management positions at Bayer in Leverkusen. In 1997, he became CEO of Investment Bank Spütz, Düsseldorf, and simultaneously became Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of Tullet&Spütz, London. He was co-founder of the E-Procurement marketplace Goodex in 1999 as CFO and Director for Central Europe.