Procurement teams are often perceived by stakeholders as a back-office function, myopically focused on savings and running  RFP processes. You often hear “Procurement gets in the way” or “Procurement is slowing us down”. These are indications that internal clients have adopted an “Us vs Them” stance. When this happens, procurement leaders have the opportunity to find ways […]

Can a Retail Buyer become a Procurement Buyer?

Two professions that share a title, but where there is very little industry talent exchange. Once a retail buyer,  an individual tends to stay on that path, growing through the function and taking on ever higher buying roles or category management roles….. and it’s the same in industry… graduates start out as buyers or procurement […]

Procurement – As a CPO, your people are your greatest asset..and your greatest headache!

In several recent surveys of CPO’s globally, the overwhelming message is that CPO’s are concerned about the availability of talent in the procurement sector. From skilled buyers to category managers, procurement analysts and business partners –  CFO’s/CEO’s and CPO’s recognize the value in having capable, strong and embedded procurement teams that are able to hunt […]

Pandemic Response – Can we use it as an opportunity to upskill?

Companies around the world are grappling with how to deal with a potential Coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what they’re doing, and how it could affect their workers – various organizations have already taken precautions like restricting travel to affected countries or big international conferences. Some employees have been asked to stay home because they visited a […]