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November 18, 2019

3 Talent Takeaways from Deloitte’s 2019 CPO Survey

Deloitte recently released their annual CPO Survey, which included responses from 481 procurement leaders from 35 countries. As usual, the report delivered some telling insights on the state of procurement now as well as challenges, trends and areas of focus for procurement organizations moving forward.I was drawn into the portion of the survey covering talent,…


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November 5, 2019

Three Evolving Technologies Ready to Make Their Mark in Procurement 2020

One of the challenges with articles that examine the future of procurement technology (like this one) is that the list of upcoming tech doesn’t seem to change all that much. While there may be a surprise addition every now and then, there are a number of recurring stalwarts year after year, such as 3D printing,…


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September 27, 2019

How to Answer 10 Tough Questions in Your Leadership Interview

Job interviews stir up all sorts of different emotions – hope, anxiety, excitement, anticipation, fear, pride, and so on. The most important thing you can do as a candidate is to prepare as much as possible before an interview. As you do your research on the company and role, make a list of questions you…


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February 28, 2018

The Ideal Procurement Professional

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In the wide world of Procurement Transformation we often cite a variety of pain points within organizations -some more prevalent than others. Oftentimes we find that it is an entire pillar (Organization/ People, Process, Tools/ Technology, or Metrics/ Reporting) that is causing the majority of roadblocks within Procurement, and other times it is more isolated….


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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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