Luka Rutar


Luka Rutar is the global purchasing director in Danfoss’ DBL division having a responsibility for factories in Ljubljana, Denmark, Poland, Russia, and China. He is the head of a global team of more than 30 purchasers and procurement project managers. Luka kicked off his career in the Danfoss purchasing department. In the meantime, he trained as the purchasing director at Steklarna Hrastnik. After returning to Danfoss, he took on various management positions.

The Epidemic Has Set us a Mirror

In the lecture, we will look at what the pandemic in the purchasing team at Danfoss Trata has discovered. Namely, when we looked to the future a year ago, no one predicted such changes having a critical impact on leading the team, the organisation of meetings, the alienation of personal contact and, undoubtedly, the way of introducing new employees. Today, most are based on what and how we managed and developed the team before the pandemic, i.e. as if someone had set up a mirror for us. Additional challenges are posed by continuous teleworking, inability to travel and personal contact with teams in other countries and, of course, limited contact with the suppliers. How did I react to that as a leader? On all this and more practical experience in the lecture.