Schneider Electric expands regional procurement center in Budapest

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Schneider Electric is expanding its regional procurement center in Budapest, which has been operating since 2017, and the number of employees there could rise from the current 150 to nearly 300 by 2023, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Dan Bartel, the company's chief procurement officer, will manage the global function from the Hungarian capital, coordinating EUR 12 billion in annual procurement and 1,400 employees worldwide.

Schneider Electric operates two procurement centers in Europe, supporting the procurement activities of its 74 plants in 25 countries. In the Hungarian capital, a team of 150 people is currently in charge of this task, with a total of around 6,000 suppliers.

The company, which is recognized by Corporate Knights as the world's most sustainable corporation, launched the Zero Carbon Project, a program to help its largest suppliers halve their CO2 emissions by 2025, this year and more than 1,000 suppliers have signed up to take part.

Dan Bartel

"As the most local of global companies, we have always sought to work closely with local suppliers and collaborate with them to maximize value for all,” says Dan Bartel. “This is also the principle we follow in the Eastern European region, where we have already had a strong team supporting our joint work, which we will further develop in the coming years. We look forward to working with more local businesses in the region as a result of our actions and hope to involve them in our sustainability efforts.”

"I am proud that we have succeeded in bringing the regional purchasing center to Hungary, and based on the results so far, the company's management has decided to expand it,” said Zsolt Veres, CEO of Schneider Electric Hungária Zrt. “Schneider Electric's domestic interests play an important role in the life of the company. The regional headquarters of our Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) business unit is located in Budapest, with around 200 employees, we have four plants in the country, and a logistics center in Szigetszentmiklós, which also has regional functions and serves more than 20 countries, so in total we employ around 2,000 people."

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