MBA Renewables

Marc Riudalbas

Master's thesis

Analysis and Risk assessment of the supplier structure of a German transmission system operator - Development of a holistic supplier management process

Professional background

Purchasing Manager for High Voltage Material and Services

Experience with the MBA Renewables

"Thanks to the MBA I had the possibility to get in touch and share experiences with professionals all over the world that are involved in renewable energy projects. This was a great personal and professional inspiration for me to further develop my career within the energy sector".

Advice for future students

"The distance learning MBA requires from every student a great amount of self-discipline".


Abstract of the thesis
The purpose of this master thesis is to develop a holistic supplier management process and provide a critical analysis of the instruments and methodologies used within the procurement department of a transmission system operator in Germany. The ultimate goal is to set a framework to continuously develop suppliers for granting on the long-term best quality and best prices for the equipment and services purchased.
This thesis analyses the procurement market, compares the procurement portfolio models and define the best sourcing methods applicable for the product categories studied. It discusses existing supplier selection methodologies and includes a scoring model to measure the supply risk evolution.
The particularity of this master thesis relies on the fact that the process methodologies and instruments used are subjected to a strict and limiting legal and regulatory environment. In fact the need of holistic supplier management process has increased in times of the German energy turnaround “Energiewende” because of the big investments that need to be made to develop the electricity grid.