"If you have a goal, put a plan in place and achieve it," says Nikki Wright  ©Peter Spinney
"If you have a goal, put a plan in place and achieve it," says Nikki Wright ©Peter Spinney

This is who I am: Nikki Wright

In our new regular feature, Funding Circle's group procurement director talks to SM about future goals and the importance of asking for help

How I got into procurement…
I wanted a career that would challenge me each day. I was advised to consider a role in procurement as it is broad and varied. I took that advice, secured a junior role as a buyer and I have loved it ever since.

How I got my current role…
In 2016, I met an executive coach who asked me if my career matched my values, something I had never thought about before. I realised I wanted to feel like I was contributing to something on a larger scale. I was contacted by a headhunter about peer-to-peer lending marketplace Funding Circle and became hooked on the company’s ethos.

My average day…
My alarm goes off at 5:30am. I run along the Thames and get to the office early to address US emails. I spend mornings in meetings with colleagues and suppliers in EMEA and with the US in the afternoon. I ensure I have two hours at my desk and with my team, and to deal with bigger items needing thought.

The best advice I’ve received...
It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t – and if you have regrets, learn quickly and move on. And no-one is going to manage your career for you. If you have a goal, put a plan in place and achieve it. If you fail, get up and try again but don’t wait for it to be handed to you. 

My advice to others…
Don’t be afraid to ask someone to be your mentor. Mentors offer so much advice, guidance and support. You may not realise their importance at the time but when you look back, you’ll be grateful for their insight.

The future of procurement is…
Having a seat at the leadership table. Companies can’t succeed without third party suppliers, and this is where procurement comes into its own.

My dream dinner party guests would be…
Barack and Michelle Obama. Both have made history and are an inspiration to the next generation. And Sir David Attenborough. He has been able to educate people about our weird and wonderful planet.

Top of my bucket list is…
Travelling to every corner of the world.

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