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SIL Podcast: It’s All About the Outcomes w/ Greg Tennyson

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.

Key Takeaways:

  • 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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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.