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 the Ökumenischen Domgymnasium in Magdeburg, he completed a hotel apprenticeship at the Kempinski Taschenbergpalais in Dresden. He worked at the Mandarin Oriental and Crown Plaza Hotel in New York City. With the economic and practical knowledge acquired behind him, 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 his road to success lay in procurement. Here, the focus wasn’t on quick situational solutions but rather strategic planning to obtain better terms with volumes.
The idea was born, albeit not in the sense of a purchasing syndicate, to generate 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.