Project Purchasing Manager

For us at Thule Group, everything is about making it easy to live an active life. Our motto, ”Active Life, Simplified.” captures the ambition of how we develop products so that those who buy them can live an active life a little easier, how we as employees want to live our own lives and what feel we want our customers to have when they do business with us. We are global market leaders in a number of product categories, including roof racks, roof boxes and bike racks that you use on the car, camera bags as well as multisport- and bicycle trailers. We are also growing rapidly in product categories like sports- and duffel bags, luggage and strollers. For more information about Thule, visit

Thule Group has about 2,600 employees at 9 production facilities and 35 sales offices worldwide. The Group’s products are sold in 140 markets and in 2020, sales amounted to SEK 7.8 billion.The Thule Group Head Office is located in Malmö, south Sweden.

Thule is looking for a Manager for the Project Purchasing team

The Procurement organization is a global function and collaborates across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

To handle the continued strong push for driving product development, it is now time to hire a Project Purchasing Manager for the team. Focus will be to address the challenges associated with the ambitious plans to expand the product portfolio. Also, working with the Asian and American project purchasing teams in driving the project purchasing agenda cross Thule Group is equally prioritized.

You will report to the VP, Global Procurement. The location will be in Hillerstorp, Sweden.

You will have staff of six (6) direct reports (5 Project purchasers and 1 Prototype purchaser) and one (1) dotted line reporting to project purchaser in Americas.

Your main responsibilities

The position will mainly center around two main tasks. Driving, managing and realizing the full potential of the project purchasing team and also being operationally a big part of the team delivering hands-on purchasing projects. This means balancing leading a team of highly qualified purchasers at the same time as being an integral part of the same team. Among many responsibilities, these are included:            

  • Represent the purchasing organization in development projects and take full sourcing responsibility for all purchasing related issues
  • Assure that purchased components and/or materials in new development projects are delivered on time, to the agreed quality and within the targeted cost and aligned with the category sourcing strategies
  • Develop the sourcing deliverables in the Thule Project System as well as developing internal best practice tool box for project purchasing
  • Develop the prototype purchasing function/process in cooperation with the prototype department
  • Work with the development projects to drive a standardization work in order to be able to reduce cost and increase flexibility long term

Your profile and skills

To succeed in this role we believe you have solid experience from hands-on tactical sourcing as well as experience of managing a team of sourcing specialists with a high drive. Using the drive and energy of the team and focusing this in the right direction will be a key success factor.

Project management skills and experience from working with cross-functional teams is a must and experience from an international business environment is a strong merit. We would like to see som experience in ERP systems (INFOR M3 preferable)

When it comes to personal attributes, we believe you have a structured approach, high integrity, as well as a driving and selling personality. You are likely a strong communicator and decision maker with good leadership capabilities and negotiation skills. To feel at home at Thule, an active lifestyle with an interest in Thule’s products is a bonus.

We believe in strong team work both within your own team but also across teams. We strive to be an open and curious organization, sharing our knowledge and inspiring one another. Within Thule Group you will find people who have a passion for the products we make and the outdoor company we are. We share the same values and we like to have fun. All of our employees have a joint responsibility to maintain that spirit and contribute to it.

On a practical note, you will need the ability to travel 20-30 days per year. A higher education, preferably within business economics/engineering/logistics is required.

Your application

We process applications continuously, but the position may be filled before the deadline. Last day for applications is 2021-05-23.

For specific questions regarding the position and the recruitment process contact Johan Emthén at EFFSO: or at 0708-53 63 43

We are looking forward to your application!