Move out of your comfort zone to develop skills

Gurjit Degun
20 April 2014

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21 April 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Procurement professionals should challenge themselves and develop their skills by moving sectors, according to the new head of indirect procurement at Aryzta.

In an exclusive interview with SM, Nick Jenkinson said switching sectors helps to push people out of their comfort zone. “You can get quite comfortable and that’s not necessarily how you develop,” he said. “You develop yourself by constantly trying to push out of your comfort zone, and evolve your own range of skills.

“Think about what development you need and how can you actually gain the experience you need to develop that skill-set. It could be in your current industry, but a move into another industry may be exactly what you need.”

Jenkinson, who joined the global food company in February, explained he has moved across many industries in the past. “It’s just about getting up to speed with the intricacies within that particular sector, understanding the key drivers within the business,” he said. "I think the positive thing is that I’ve learnt the good things about each industry and the not so good things, and it’s about how you learn from that when you take it into a new sector.”

Previously head of procurement at the Daily Mail and General Trust for almost five years, Jenkinson will begin a “fairly significant transformation from a procurement perspective” at Aryzta.

He added: “We’ve got no data, no team and no structure. So it’s about what structure am I going to put in place? What people do we need? Where are we going to deliver? How are we going to deliver it? What’s the toolkit to help develop that?”

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