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BASF Doctoral Candidate in Game Theory & Advanced Auctioning in Global Procurement (m/f/d) in Ludwigshafen, Germany

Job Field : Procurement

Location : Ludwigshafen,DEU

Company : BASF SE

Job ID : EN59567399ONLE1

Do you have any questions about the application process or the position? Please reach out to Katharina Kollmer,, Tel.:+49 30 2005-56362

First information about our application process can be found here:

The selection process includes a background check of the last diploma obtained and criminal record certificate.

BASF SE, located in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, is the corporate headquarters of the BASF Group and part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region. BASF stands for competence in chemistry since 1865 and is represented today in the world's major consumer markets, with a wide range of products. As the largest employer in the region, BASF SE offers multiple career opportunities for students, university graduates and professionals providing also training in over 30 professions. Leisure, sports, culture and a good infrastructure characterize the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, in which BASF is also involved with numerous activities. Learn more about BASF SE at

The Global Procurement division is responsible for BASF's purchasing activities worldwide. We negotiate contracts that provide BASF with tangible added value. Our focus is on the procurement of raw materials, technical goods and services as well as logistics solutions. Our comprehensive market know-how and deep understanding of value-adding chains make us a valuable partner for the operating divisions.

What you can expect

At that position, located in our BASF's Global Procurement department, you will be part of the Center of Excellence - Advanced Analytics & Risk Management. You will do scientific research at the interface between economic theory and its practical application focusing on "The impact of multi-sourcing restrictions on the success of negotiations in procurement".

  • As a Doctoral Candidate you're supported by an experienced advisor from University of Cologne and a game-theory expert at BASF who himself holds an industry-sponsored PhD.

  • You develop mathematical models to compare multi-sourcing strategies with other risk-mitigating measures.

  • You develop a decision support system to implement data-based and advanced decision making in procurement practice.

  • Futhermore you analyze and design auction processes to optimally integrate multi-sourcing restrictions in negotiations.

  • You closely work together with colleagues from Advanced Analytics and Global Procurement to support in the preparation and conduction of strategic procurement negotiations.

What we expect

  • Master degree in the field of (Applied) Mathematics, Economics, Operations Research, Business, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or a similar background

  • Familiar with game theoretical methods and interested in data analysis

  • Professional experience or a background in Supply Chain Management, Risk Management, Procurement, Sales and/or Consultancy is beneficial

  • Communicate in both German and English

  • Eager on both developing theoretical models and applying economic theory in practice

We offer

  • From day one you will be part of the BASF family.

  • You can work from any location in Germany in a flexible manner.

  • You will get involved in challenging fields of activity and have the opportunity to work on exciting projects in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Depending on the location of the respective group company you will get to know BASF and participate in various workshops and guided tours.

  • In this way you will make numerous interesting experiences and get a deep insight into the world´s leading chemical company.