DFDS Land-Based

Head of Procurement Operations and Digital Support

Head of Procurement Operations and Digital Support – Group Procurement in DFDS

DFDS is looking for a strategic and digitally strong person to take on the role as Head of Procurement Operations and Digital Support with the purpose of strengthening Group Procurement, adding an additional strategic resource and relevant focus to how we can enhance our procurement excellence journey within 3 key teams.


This role will be part of the Group Procurement management team, where the overall decisions are taken towards how Group Procurement should develop and continuously improve. There will in this role be a great influence in how the entire department moves towards procurement excellence and develops towards becoming a fully strategic integrated business partner.

Group Procurement is on a maturity journey, and the right candidate will have a critical role in driving the strategy within the above areas – ensuring that we develop and potentially increase coverage, responsibilities, utilization of current and new tools, and the value we deliver.

Your responsibility

The Head of Procurement Operations and Digital Support will have management responsibility of:

Operational Procurement (Today: 14 employees incl. 1 Operational Manager in DK having 10 direct reports and 1 team lead in Lithuania with 4 direct reports): Operational Procurement is responsible for the daily operations, primarily handling of purchase orders related to ensuring the supply to all DFDS owned vessels.


Compliance & CSR (Today: 1 Compliance Manager): Driving the agenda for compliance (especially towards marine legislation and requirements) and CSR in Group Procurement


Digital Procurement (Today: 2 Systems Procurement Analysts): Driving a long range of different projects; ERP system, Contract management system, Optimization/automation projects for P2P processes, KPI/dashboard preparation – working closely with strategic & operational teams.

You will be responsible for the overall strategy for each of these teams in collaboration with the VP of Group Procurement, the team managers and team members. More specifically, your responsibilities are:

  • Efficiently manage, motivate, and develop managers and members of teams, with different level of experience, different nationality, across geographies.
  • Vision & Strategy for the 3 areas covered in this team with focus on continuous improvement
  • Continuously review organizational set-up
  • Driving process improvements and standardization
  • Ensuring alignment and smooth cooperation with the other departments in Group Procurement
  • Network building and awareness creation towards colleagues, peers and management
  • Network building with external communities relevant to gain knowledge and inspiration in how to develop areas of responsibility within Group Procurement


Professional Profile 

Our internal stakeholders are skilled & knowledgeable, so it is important that you have the right interpersonal skills, are able & willing to dig down into the details. You thrive with having a lot on your plate, and you are a true team player with the ability to challenge the current situation based on excellent communication and analytical skills. We expect you to have an internal drive to expand knowledge and skills within broad scale of procurement subjects.

  • A minimum of 5 – 7 years relevant procurement experience.
  • You hold a relevant academic degree (Master/Bachelor).
  • You have experience with Procurement processes and systems
  • You have experience with management through managers
  • You have experience with Project management

Personal profile:

  • Your interpersonal skills at all levels of the organization and across cultures are excellent
  • As a person you are result oriented while keeping a focus on customer’s needs
  • You can work well in teams and with your employees and colleagues to reach both own and common goals.
  • You can work at a fast pace and be able to handle changing projects and priorities.
  • Your English language skills, oral and written, are excellent

We offer

A flexible working environment in an informal and international organization, and soon moving to a new headquarter that is currently being built and ready end of 2021. A very exciting and challenging job with a lot of variety and great opportunity to develop and influence your job content. The position is based at our office in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the job provides a wide network of colleagues across the DFDS Group across Europe.

DFDS is a European company with Group procurement as a centralized function. You will have many different stakeholders in different departments – both internally and externally. Group Procurement is placed in various locations across Europe.

Travel days
In order to perform to the expectations of the role you have to anticipate 15-25 travel days a year. 


If you find the job interesting and you fulfill the expectations, please submit your CV and application in English. We will evaluate applications on an ongoing basis and all applications will be treated confidentially. For questions about the position please contact VP, Group Procurement, Pernille Hüls Dyrmose at pernille.dyrmose@dfds.com.

DFDS is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age and citizenship.


Region Hovedstaden




Pernille Dyrmose Hüls

Telephone: +45 9137 4026