Uroš Primožič

PURCHASING DIRECTOR, HELIOS

Uroš Primožič has many years of experience managing the purchasing function in the Helios Group – one of the leading European paints and coatings manufacturers. During his time in charge of purchasing, he was intensely involved in the organic growth of the company and its many successful acquisitions in the region. The successful integration of the purchasing and the provision of synergies has contributed to the Helios Group’s successful operation, which today has manufacturing companies in eight European countries. Since 2017, the Helios Group has been part of the Japanese global Kansai Group. In the global purchasing organisation Kansai, Uroš Primožič represents the Helios Group or the Europe region and has additional negotiating responsibilities at a global level for some strategic procurement categories. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Executive Board of the Helios Group. Since 2020, he has been one of the largest production company directors in the Helios Group, Helios Factory of paints, varnishes and synthetic resins, Količevo. In 2017, he received the Purchasing Manager of the Year award.

A Purchasing Strategy in Practice – The Case of Helios

A good strategy eliminates or minimises purchasing risks. The unexpected occurrence of a pandemic is (unfortunately) also a great stress test of our strategies. It alerts us to risks we may have overlooked or paid too little attention to. What are the new insights into the potential risks, and how to respond to them? Every new situation also means adaptation. Even more important, however, is the incorporation of newly acquired experiences into our future thinking. These are significant and never fully concluded issues that purchasers face. Some concrete examples and findings from Helios will undoubtedly be interesting for other colleagues as well.