“At the end of the day, procurement is a business enabler. No company can grow without its suppliers. And for every company, there are a few supplier partners that are going to make or break your business. Procurement has to excel at building those relationships.”
Many leading procurement professionals started out in completely different fields. And while they manage spend and suppliers today, those past practices, skills, and perspectives are still available to them. That diversity of perspective is part of what makes procurement teams so creative and resilient.
In this episode, Philip Ideson is joined by Fadi El Mouallem, a global procurement executive and digital transformation advocate. Fadi has experience working at companies like Salesforce and Apple, but his original field was architecture… something that has come in particularly helpful in a field that is constantly balancing art and science.
When it comes to building and enabling amazing teams, Fadi has plenty of advice to share:
- The importance of being able to step back and take in the big picture while also keeping an eye on the details
- Purposefully pursuing a broad range of talent and backgrounds when introducing someone new the team
- The many forms that organizational influence can take, and why it always starts with human connection
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