Keynote | The Norwegian story about change, challenges and team spirit as procurement is being transformed

Keynote | The Norwegian story about change, challenges and team spirit as procurement is being transformed

The Norwegian story began almost three decades ago – founded in 1993 but began operating as a low-cost carrier with Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. In 2018 the company changed course to focus on core destinations and the right sizing of the airline in response to customer demand and global industry trends. The rapid global spread of COVID-19 throughout 2020 and into 2021 accelerated this process and in January 2021 the company announced a simplified business structure and a dedicated short haul only network concentrating on a broad range of domestic routes in Norway, across the Nordics and to key European destinations.

As the company changed focus – procurement too have been transformed. From having few and homemade processes to having a procurement platform, structures and processes in place. From being a Norwegian based company to having a procurement organization spread across Europe. Competence not location deciding who to join the team.

During this session you will learn from a team that have managed to stay devoted through challenging times and come out stronger from it. This is a story about how to structure and organize procurement in a fairly young company. It is also the story about how you do that facing the biggest challenge the industry ever faced. Finally it is a story about how to think about creating team spirit and get results even though the procurement organization is spread geographically.

Learn about;

  • What was the initial transformation decision and how has that turned out?
  • Cost savings, sustainability and risk mitigation – how do you ensure a holistic approach when developing a procurement platform from zero?
  • Today all talk about hybrid work – how do you create and work as a team that is spread geographically?
  • What are the lessons learned to date and what will be next?

Speaker: Knut Olav Høeg, EVP IT and Business Services, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA