Welcome to the latest Sourcing Industry Landscape podcast, hosted by Dawn Tiura.
Greg Tennyson is Chief Procurement Officer, Business Transformation, at VSP Global.
With a background in sales and experience as a former college athlete, Greg takes a collaborative, team-oriented approach to procurement. From driving campaigns that positively change company culture to coaching and advising start-up companies, Greg does not back down from opportunities to elevate the industry.
He identifies seven must-have skills to become a true procurement leader and advises that procurement professionals should commit to diversifying their knowledge to become well-informed generalists.
- The best procurement leaders understand the fundamental needs of the business, listen to and learn from business units and internal stakeholders, and can articulate the ways in which procurement is a value-adding partner to the business.
- Commit to diversifying your skillset through professional development opportunities, networking events, certification programs or graduate school to keep on top of the changing procurement landscape and stay cutting edge.
- Focus on what’s in it for others to develop an understanding of your audience and their drivers to achieve the right business outcomes.
About the Guest:
Greg Tennyson is a shared services leader over the sourcing, procurement, contracts and travel teams for VSP Global, a $5 billion global company. Greg has 20+ years of global executive leadership in the finance, operations and supply chain space with service-based, high-tech, R&D and manufacturing concerns. He is a Certified Sourcing Professional by Sourcing Industry Group and previously held Institute for Supply Management Certified Purchasing Manager and National Contracts Manager Association Certified Professional Contracts Manager credentials.
About the Company:
VSP Global’s vision is to provide access to affordable, high-quality eye care and eyewear to the world. VSP Global comprises five complementary businesses that combine eye care insurance, high-quality eyewear, lens and lens enhancements, ophthalmic technology, and connected experiences to strengthen the relationship between patients and their eye doctors.
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