In 2013, when Johannes Schuetze began his degree in Business Economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, he’d already gathered plenty of practical experience. Following his A-levels at Ökumenisches Domgymnasium in Magdeburg, he completed a hotel apprenticeship at the Kempinski Taschenbergpalais in Dresden. He worked at the Mandarin Oriental and Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City. Equipped with the business-related and practical knowledge acquired, he received an opportunity to take on a managing role at a large hotel in the USA. One of the secrets of cost reduction and thus his road to success lay in procurement. Here, the focus wasn’t on quick situation-based solutions but rather strategic planning to obtain better terms with large volumes.
The idea was born, but not in the sense of a purchasing syndicate, which usually generates cost savings through framework agreements. The basic concept involved putting pooled mega volumes to tender on the market. Back in Germany, Johannes Schuetze founded his own company and has since introduced the concept of optimised energy procurement to many different industries.