Stefan Bürkle began his career in 1996 as a consultant and project manager at A.T. Kearney Paris, where he gained initial experience in procurement. He was appointed Associate Director EMEA for Procurement Processes and Systems at Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2005 and went on to become Purchasing Director for the Giraud International group in 2006, where he was responsible for purchasing and cost-cutting programmes. He joined SNCF Group in 2010 at the helm of the Geodis Purchasing department, when his former company was acquired by Geodis.
Stefan Bürkle was named Purchasing Director for SNCF Group on 1 January 2013. His mission is to successfully carry out the Purchasing transformation programme, drive performance and efficiency, incorporate CSR into purchasing, and thereby contribute to building the new SNCF.
Overall, SNCF Purchasing handles more than €13 billion worth of purchases a year (excluding subcontracting of road, air and sea freight within Geodis).