April 8, 2015

Formula for Successful Leadership in Procurement


I would like to share the leadership philosophies that I believe to be most effective in leading a strategic function such as Procurement: Build a winning team Set clear strategic direction Empower team to deliver outstanding results Identify, mentor, grow and develop top talent Establish results orientated, meritocratic culture Implementing these formulas seems simple; however,…

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March 20, 2015

Ignore Your Performance Evaluation

One of the more ubiquitous rituals in Corporate America is the performance review process. Having gone through this at several companies, I’d like to share my varying experiences at places like RR Donnelley, Navistar International Truck & Engine, Ariba (FreeMarkets) and others. I’ll refer to the places I’ve worked at as Company A, Company B, Company C,…

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January 2, 2015

Procurement Interview Best Practices


Having managed recruitment at a procurement services consulting firm, I’ve seen all types of interview behavior: the good, the excellent, and the not-so-sterling. From my perspective, procurement is a unique line of work that requires an interview candidate to be both analytical and creative. Of course all the common interview etiquette is essential, but with…

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November 3, 2014

When Is It Right to Write?


What does it mean to write ? It used to be easy. You took a pen and put words on paper. You were writing. Then along came the typewriter and things changed. A little. You put words on paper by pushing keys. The pen was gone but the paper remained. And whether you used the…

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October 1, 2014

5 Tips to Improve Your Resume

If you are an active job seeker, the resume can be the most important part of your job search. Even for the candidate sought by recruiters, an updated resume can still be a blessing or a curse in obtaining that new opportunity. Every day, we receive resumes upon resumes upon resumes… and the thing they…

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September 2, 2014

Talent Management Series

Supply Management executives routinely and consistently cite top grading, transforming or building out their teams as an important priority. All this is necessary to keep pace with their dynamic business requirements and the constantly shifting talent landscape. Regardless of industry, company or geography, the challenges remain the same. How do we find, attract and retain…

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August 19, 2014

The Foundation to Recruiting Success

As the most recent addition to MRA Global, I have done my fair share of research as to what distinguishes a good recruiter from a great recruiter. The article that resonated with me the most, Want a Job in Recruitment? 6 Must Have Skills by Jorgen Sundberg, summarizes what the author believes are the top…

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August 12, 2014

Category Depth vs Breadth – Which is Better?

If you’re familiar with MRA, you know that we primarily place Supply Management leadership positions, with a sweet spot within Procurement and Strategic Sourcing. I’ve spoken to many practitioners with diverse backgrounds and at various levels, ranging from Buyer to VP Procurement. Some of these folks know all there is to know about one specific…

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August 1, 2014

Meet Naseem Malik, Managing Partner

Hi there and thanks for stopping by! My name is Naseem Malik and I’m the Managing Partner of MRA Global Sourcing. We’re an Executive Search firm specializing in Supply Management, a function I had the good fortune of spending 15 years in and is definitely near and dear to me. I’ve worked in numerous roles…

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