About us

Moim pierwszym wyzwaniem zawodowym była praca w PEKAO SA jako referent ds. zaopatrzenia. Jako 20 latek nie przypuszczałem wtedy, że zakupy staną moją pasją zawodową, której poświęcę ponad 18 lat życia

Szymon Gonera

Expert and professional with long years of expertise in supply chain, especially in Directs and Indirects purchasing. First individual experiences  gathered in direct categories as buyer, responsible for raws and packs in ICI Paints (today Akzo Nobel). Apart from a number of different optimization programs, he used to implement projects with main suppliers VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory), finalised with success counted in millions as savings in working capital.

The following years he supported the development of Tchibo retail coffee bars & stores as a purchasing partner. He coordinated the construction and opening of the first Tchibo non-food stores in Poland

Later on, over 8 years he continued to gather the practical expertise on various  managerial positions in supply chain of Unilever in CEE. At that time he had an honour to manage a multinational team of buyers responsible for Indirects in CEE region. He managed to implement the global strategy in the region. He rolled out a number of e-procurement tools, delivering significant business improvements, proving thto e meaning and role of professional team of buyers in organization.  The achieved results are not only savings but other added values  related  to purchasing , like transparency or  business growth stimulants through innovating tools and market cost advantages.

In Unilever he used to control the centralization process of logistics. He finalized effectively the restructuring of local logistics team, reduced the operational costs, ensuring at the same time an improvement of all key factors defining service quality. In 2012 the Unilever logistics  was awarded by AGS survey as the best logistics in Poland

In 2014-2016, as a senior manager he supported the negotiations of logistics terms with all suppliers of Leroy Merlin, In one of the biggest worldwide DYI player, he also managed the teams responsible for import and transport operations on Polish market.

In the recent years. he fulfilled managerial tasks in purchasing within Danone group in Poland. He was initially responsible for marketing and sales categories for all Polish business units in Danone,  later on he took over the management of primary packs procurement and co-manufacturing in Żywiec Zdroj – Danone water division.

References

Michał Szkudlarek

Michał Szkudlarek

Supply Chain Director at Leroy Merlin

Miałem okazje współpracować z Szymonem przez kilka lat w Unilever i Leroy Merlin. Mogę z pełnym przekonaniem zarekomendować i polecić Szymona jako wyjątkowego eksperta zakupowego. Wielokrotnie przekonałem się o jego doświadczeniu i wiedzy kupieckiej. Wynikiem jego wsparcia, były bardzo często projekty oszczędnościowe, liczone w setkach tysięcy, a nawet milionach złotych. Jego działania dostarczały nie tylko czystą redukcje kosztów, ale także gwarantowały rozwiązania stymulujące i wspierające rozwój biznesu, szczególnie w zakresie jakości, transparentności serwisu oraz innowacyjnych, unikalnych narzędzi pracy.

Seref Alptekin

Seref Alptekin

Transformational Procurement Leader at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.

Szymon and I worked together for the European Indirects Procurement Team. He was responsible for CEE region. Szymon is hard working and tenacious. Has a mastery of processes in the field of Procurement. Is also a good team leader. Would easily recommend Szymon as he is a reliable solid senior professional.

Sintia Popescu

Sintia Popescu

Global Procurement Manager Packaging at Unilever

I have known Szymon for the last 4 years and during that time the Unilever CEE logistics team underwent a large amount of structural change and operational challenges however many new development opportunities as well, which Szymon embraced with a very positive attitude. I have always found Szymon to be a very supportive team member with great procurement and logistics knowledge and very proactive in his approach to work

The work of a buyer is a never ending challenge, because every new buying category taken up by the buyer implies the necessity to get familiar with the new markets, new regulations, market players and ways of operating. In my opinion, this is a key factor that makes Procurement one of the most interesting and dynamic areas of a company’s activity.

Jacek Wieczorek

Experienced manager with 15 years of practice ce in corporate management of purchasing departments in Poland and abroad.

He started his career by joining Unilever’s Business Management Trainee program, where after completing an intensive training program he was responsible for Capex and MRO procurement for 2 Unilever food factories that were in a dynamic development process at that time. Later on, he took over the leadership of factory procurement as well as the coordination of logistics and planning of  selected raw materials’ deliveries for the other Unilever factories in Poland.

In 2004, he was delegated to Unilever raw materials’ procurement center in Switzerland where, for many years, he was the global Purchasing Manager of oils and edible fats, strategic raw materials for the Unilever group. It was there, where he gained his experience in global commodity trading, hedging techniques and risk management in international supply chain processes. Took part in multiple supply chain improvement programs, led and supported multinational negotiations and contracted bulk oil deliveries for several dozen factories of the company.

After returning to Poland, he took the position of the Head of the Purchasing department of indirects Unilever in Warsaw, where he managed the team of NPI buyers. The scope of his responsibility covered POS and marketing materials, travel services, fleet related procurement, factories’ shared services and many others. Additionally he coordinated the legal and tax part of the SAP implementation integrating the local system with the European part of the concern.

In 2011, he went abroad again taking the position of the Purchasing Manager and later the Head of Procurement of the Neste Geneva trading office/.

Within the next few years, he extended his experience in the global trade, negotiations on multi-million dollar budgets as well as got familiar with the specifics of legal and commercial aspects of biocomponent trading within the global fuel industry. He initiated and implemented numerous savings programs, resolved issues related to spot disturbances in intercontinental marine transport as well as supported  activities targeted at de-bottlenecking company’s production constraints thus releasing new potential of profitable sales.

During his professional practice he was both subject to numerous corporate audits as well as the internal auditor himself. This, together with an indepth experience in purchasing of multiple product & service categories on various markets, enables him to efficiently verify and model a corporate procurement process.

Referencje

Diego Marques

Diego Marques

Vice President Supply Renewable Products at Neste Switzerland

``I have had the pleasure to have Jacek in my team in the past. Always demonstrated being very commercially savvy, persistent attitude and rigorous in his approach. On the personal level, his interpersonal skills allow him to build strong relationships and trust``

Ralph Brands

Ralph Brands

Sales Manager at Darling Ingredients International

I enjoyed working with Jacek as my business counter party during his years in Neste Switzerland. He was an assertive negotiator, but at the same time he was open to dialog and determined to ultimately look for a conciliatory solution. I admire Jacek’s dedication to constantly follow the market dynamics, his excellent supply chain knowledge and ability to build up a professional and at the same time a pleasant supplier relation. I’m happy to recommend Jacek as a reliable business partner and a top level procurement executive

Siebe Haagsma

Siebe Haagsma

Supply Group Director Unilever Switzerland

I had the pleasure to work with Jacek at Unilever Switzerland. In addition to the daily trading, we initiated and implemented many savings’ and supply chain optimization projects, where he proved to be entrepreneurial, efficient and determined to deliver the project milestones on time and in full.
He was one of the key players to implement a major project aiming to change the raw material input in Unilever production units, which required the set-up of new sourcing - and new logistic solutions on a pan European scale, which delivered significant savings on raw material cost.
I can definitely confirm Jacek’s extensive supply-chain experience and competency

Our values

We are practitioners – we are accountable for the results of our work, not just the size of ppt presentation

Practical Approach

We understand the close link between Procurement and business secrets

Secrecy

Every our client is treated individually

Tailor-made solutions

We act transparently and always in accordance with client guidlines

Transparency

We are effective and consistent but not compromising high ethical standards

Fair play

We provide knowledge and expertise resulting from our extensive procurement practice

Expertise

We are practitioners – we are accountable for the results of our work, not just the size of ppt presentation
We understand the close link between Procurement and business secrets
Every our client is treated individually
We act transparently and always in accordance with client guidlines
We are effective and consistent but not compromising high ethical standards
We provide knowledge and expertise resulting from our extensive procurement practice

Practical Approach

Secrecy

Tailor-made solutions

Transparency

Fair play

Expertise

Our philosophy is a professional and practical approach to the projects entrusted to us and we put high expectations on both ourselves and the suppliers we negotiate with. We offer top level procurement consulting service that translates into productive recommendations for our clients. We understand how important it is to prepare the right procurement strategy, choose the right tools and implement them efficiently. A practical approach at every stage of decision making and choosing well proven solutions that meet the individual needs of our client are of key importance for the success of the audit process. We negotiate hard with our suppliers but always fair.