The Sourcing Industry Landscape

SIL Podcast: How to Source Top Talent in the Digital World w/ Mike Kearns

Welcome to the first episode of The Sourcing Industry Landscape podcast!

Mike Kearns is the Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at Toptal, an on-demand freelance talent procurement network. As the procurement of high-skilled workers becomes more competitive in the global market, Kearns tells SIG CEO Dawn Tiura, CSP, the steps that companies can take in procuring and managing talent to lower overhead costs and drive more efficient business outcomes.

Key Takeaways:

  • As boomers retire from the workforce, traditional concepts of work and compensation among Gen X and millennial workers are shifting.
  • Workers with specialized skills are scarce, forcing organizations to rethink how to source and manage talent in the competitive global market.
  • New tools and technologies like digital automation and artificial intelligence are being implemented to source workers with specialized skills.
  • Strategic talent management enables organizations to reduce overhead costs and be more innovative.

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.