In today’s Friday show I respond to a listener who asked 2 great questions about getting started in procurement.
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Here’s a summary of the email I received:
I recently started working as a buyer for a multinational company. Thus, I’m on a pursuit to learn as much as possible and to gain as much experience as possible about procurement.
I have very limited experience. Unfortunately I’m the only buyer at my company’s branch in South Africa so it is difficult for me to get the correct exposure to the field of procurement.
Thus, I have to learn myself and do my own research. I only have two questions:
1) Do you perhaps have any tips for an individual such as myself who is a beginner when it comes to procurement?
2) How can I become part of a ‘procurement community’? I’ve joined various groups and blogs over the last couple of months but I’m struggling to actually feel part of the discussions.
Episode Transcript (PDF):
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Links and Resources:
- Procurious Knowledge Base
- Next Level Purchasing
- Old Conference Presentations: Search on Slideshare
- Some conference providers may link to old content directly on their site. Example of
procurement conference organizers include:
- Example of Procurious Community for African Sourcing Professionals
- What is a Meet Up and How Do You Start?
- What is a Mastermind and How Do You Start?
- Philip Ideson on LinkedIn, Twitter and Procurious.
Thanks for Listening!