This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Asking the Right Questions but Getting the Wrong Answers?

Written by Philip Ideson

Welcome to this week’s This Week in Procurement – where we sort through the click bait, advertorials, sponsored content and marketing fluff so that you don’t have to!

Today’s “Must Read” comes from Noah Borgen, a Global Category Manager within the pharma industry.  Noah asks how can we change the questions that we ask our stakeholders so that we get answers that enable us to become a more effective partner:

Procurement: Asking the Right Questions but Getting the Wrong Answers? | Noah Borgen, AstraZeneca


Getting Senior Management to Buy Into Procurement | Fabienne Lesbros, CPO, Co-op Group (via FT Careers)

Hey Procurement, Speak to Startups! | Matthias Gutzmann, Old St Labs

Centralized, Decentralized or Hybrid Sourcing Structure: How Do We Decide? | Sydney Lazarus, Spend Matters

Build, Buy or Contract Out a Taxonomy? | Heather Hedden, Taxonomist

5 Things Employers of Choice Understand About Hiring Top Procurement Talent | Nick Lazarra and Naseem Malik, MRA Global Sourcing

Has Technology Tipped the Scales on your Work-Life Balance? | Euan Granger, Category Manager, Glasgow City Council

Building Supply Market Intelligence: Which Data Sources are the Best? | Taras Berezowsky, Spend Matters

Unlocking Your Strategic Sourcing Talent | David Hearn, CPO Advisement Services


The Story Behind the Numbers: The July ISM-New York Report on Business | Kelly Barner, Buyers Meeting Point


Podcast: 146: How to Bring Trust & Transparency to the Savings Reporting Process w/ Pierre Lapree

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.