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

By June 6, 2018 August 19th, 2018 No Comments

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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Philip Ideson

About Philip Ideson

Philip founded Art of Procurement in 2015 as a way to empower procurement professionals at all levels to deliver change with confidence; whether from the inspiration of the popular weekly podcast that he hosts, or with targeted solution offerings that guide clients on their journey to transform the impact of procurement.