Self-promotion crucial for young procurement professionals to reach career goals

Gurjit Degun
6 May 2014

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6 May 2014 | Gurjit Degun in Las Vegas, US

Young procurement professionals must take control of their career development and promote themselves if they are to achieve their goals, delegates at the annual Institute for Supply Management Conference heard yesterday.

Speaking as part of a panel discussion, Tania Santiago-Mirabal, indirect sourcing manager at Pfizer, said in the second year of her career - when she worked at IBMshe took “ownership” to make sure she could work on projects she was interested in.

“After my first year, and going through some projects which were not the most enjoyable but were learning experiences, I took more ownership as to being told what to do and more of the direction that I wanted to have,” she told delegates at the Institute for Supply Management annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.

“Ultimately I noticed that I needed to branch out from my network. I tried to join different groups within our department because it was such a big group of consultants so I wanted to make sure my name came up in conversations when they were resourcing [certain] projects. I really needed to self-promote.”

Susan Vrazk, senior corporate manager of supply chain at Northrop Grumman Corporation, advised professionals to make sure they take opportunities they have an interest in. “Opportunities come along all the way and part of having a good career development plan is being able to adjust, and not be so rigid in your goals that you forgo opportunities that will spark your interest and passions."

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