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February 1, 2018

Six Qualities Procurement Candidates Must Possess

We recently addressed attributes that hiring managers should probably steer clear of when looking to hire procurement professionals. Now, we’d like to flip that around and touch upon the qualities you should embrace in hopeful candidates. The list of top-mark traits is long, but let’s tackle some of the most important, and sometimes most challenging…


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January 19, 2018

Job Sites Don’t Cut It For Supply Chain Recruitment

Supply chain procurement is a specialized field calling for talent with a very specific set of skills. Finding qualified supply chain managers to fill a need at your organization requires a focused, informed candidate search, rather than casting a wide net. Placing a spot on Monster, Indeed, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn and other mass-appeal “help wanted” sites…


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December 28, 2017

Relationship Building: How to Be More Than a Necessary Evil

Supply chain is often written off as an unnecessary evil when it comes to the inner workings of a company. Parts/services/assets flow through a predetermined process and at the end, an invoice and/or purchase order is cut for the specific product and/or deliverable that has been manufactured. Everyone needs a supply chain but nobody likes…


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December 25, 2017

Avoid Recruitment Red Flags

Sorting out procurement candidates can be challenging.once you start the outreach, you’ll be buried in the resumes of hopefuls and left with the daunting task of finding the best one for the job. The job is demanding, your company works in a unique field and your managers are especially particular about whom you let into…


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December 24, 2017

Talent Management – The Millennial Challenge

In my first blog, we discussed talent management and some of the strategies used by companies to address the same. Within this realm, the Millennials pose a unique and interesting dilemma for many organizations. As their numbers grow in the workplace, the ability to attract, motivate and retain this generation has assumed even greater significance….


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December 23, 2017

Before the Interview: Every Battle Is Won Before It Is Fought

Before the Interview: Every Battle Is Won Before It Is Ever Fought According to MRINetwork, 75% of the hiring decision is based on the chemistry between the hiring authority and the job-seeker. The decision to hire someone can be made in a matter of minutes, with the remaining time spent supporting this decision. That being said, this…


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December 22, 2017

Finding Your Dream Job – Made Simpler

Although the current job market looks to be much better than it did in the immediate post-recession years, finding a great job today is still no walk in the park. Many companies were forced to downsize during the Great Recession of 2007-2009, and while jobs are slowly beginning to come back, the number of qualified job-seekers…


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December 21, 2017

Globalization: Problem, Solution or Both

The first in a two-part series covering the current dynamics of globalization and some alternative strategies for companies to consider in their quest to become global conglomerates.   The rise of globalization and advanced technology has led to an ever increasingly interconnected world. Today more than ever, we are seeing a direct correlation between globalization…


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December 20, 2017

MRO – Controlling the Uncontrollable : Navigating

The materials related to Maintenance Repair and Operating Services/Overhaul (MRO) present unique challenges to procurement professionals. It is a spend category that companies all too often fail to gain proper control over. A category that is comprised of 1,000’s of unique SKUs across numerous subcategories where recurring spend tends not to repeat on the item level. The…


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