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279: A CPO’s First 100 Days – Creating a Highly Skilled Procurement Team w/ Shirin Tomlinson

By October 25, 2019 No Comments

“For CPOs to attract the best talent, new recruits need to see two things: 1. that their role makes a significant impact because they have a strong say in the direction of the organization, and 2. that there is an opportunity for personal growth for them as an individual.“

You have just been appointed to a new CPO position. Your executive leadership team is looking at you to make an immediate impact while setting up procurement as a driver of sustainable, long term value. You know that your first 100 days in the role may make or break your career. What do you do? Where do you start? 

In this special 5-part series, made possible through a partnership with Efficio, we will provide you with the roadmap you need to hit the ground running. 

In the fifth – and final – episode of the series, I spoke with Shirin Tomlinson, head of The Efficio Academy, about the importance of investing in skills development, starting with how a new CPO can attract the best talent into procurement.

In addition, Shirin and I discussed:

  • What skills CPOs should look for in their teams now and in the future
  • How companies should approach the training and upskilling of current team members
  • The risks associated with not focusing on the team and their skills in the early days of a procurement change effort

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The team at Efficio have just published a major research study, called ‘The Human Factor: Strategic procurement and the leaders of tomorrow’, which they developed in cooperation with the Cranfield School of Management.

The research explores how a more tech-savvy, collaborative and strategically-minded future procurement workforce will ultimately require a reshape of organisational design, and serve as a driving force of transformational change alongside procurement technology. 

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Philip Ideson

About Philip Ideson

Philip founded Art of Procurement in 2015 as a way to empower procurement professionals at all levels to deliver change with confidence; whether from the inspiration of the popular weekly podcast that he hosts, or with targeted solution offerings that guide clients on their journey to transform the impact of procurement.