Careers SIG The Sourcing Industry Landscape

SIL Podcast: Inspiring and Setting Direction w/ Wayne Ezell

Written by Philip Ideson

Welcome to the latest Sourcing Industry Landscape podcast, hosted by Dawn Tiura.

The guest on today’s show is Wayne Ezell, CPM, the Vice President of Procure-to-Pay (encompassing sourcing, contacting, accounts payable, expense management and travel services) with Fidelity Information Services (FIS).

Ezell began his post-secondary education in physics and then moved into sourcing and procurement. Ezell offers strong, actionable advice to anyone who aspires to succeed in procurement: learn to listen to your clients to understand their needs, always be inquisitive so you can provide unique solutions, and immerse yourself in specialized courses and training to learn best practices and become a subject-matter expert.

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain insight into how the supply chain is a function that needs thought leaders from all disciplines and the value that procurement brings to an organization.
  • Hear a first-hand account on the importance of continuing education and how earning professional certifications can be a springboard to professional advancement.
  • Learn the core skills that an aspiring procurement professional needs to be successful.

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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.