Superhero supply management
Ensuring sophisticated products are delivered safely into the hands of customers requires super co-ordination and attention to detail. Mr Jukka Kaukanen, Strategic Purchasing Manager at Sammet, is the superhero tasked with identifying and cultivating supplier relationships to ensure that complex projects are delivered perfectly.
Managing the flow of goods and services for any international company is not for the faint hearted. It requires super co-ordination and attention to detail, especially when handling supplies of raw materials and inventory for safe delivery of complicated products. Mr Jukka Kaukanen, Strategic Purchasing Manager at Sammet, is the superhero who identifies and cultivates supplier relationships to seamlessly complete complex projects for over 80 customers worldwide. Leveraging over 30 years of experience, Kaukanen continuously seeks to perfect Sammet’s procurement activities and resourcing needs, identifying the very best components, materials and services for customers.
“The most important aspect of my role is to ensure our production facilities incorporate the ‘Sammet Way’ of working and our expertise into the procurement process”, he says.
Supply chain management in a company with international reach requires building a strong team that can successfully reach out to a broad range of component suppliers, manufacturing workshops, and packing and logistics teams. Like most Finns, Kaukanen is direct when outlining his approach to his work. “All aspects of supply chain management must align with Sammet’s strategy of delivering the highest quality products and excellent customer service. The most important aspect of my role is to ensure our production facilities incorporate the ‘Sammet Way’ of working and our expertise into the procurement process”, he says. The ‘Sammet Way’ involves working very closely with partners to fully understand their specific needs. “Building partnerships that deliver high quality products to our customers makes work a pleasure and increases the purchasing team’s commitment to exceed expectations”, states Kaukanen. “Our team of purchasing experts are committed to acquiring the highest quality materials from across the globe and minimising costs. Sammet has succeeded particularly well in finding the right experts who can fulfil the sourcing needs of our European and China production facilities”, he adds.