From the archive: How can buyers become leaders?

16 July 2007

In this article five years ago we were reporting on the problems that the Department of Health had in trying to appoint a new procurement chief.

Out of more than 70 candidates that applied, “the calibre of entrants was not good enough”, said a health spokesman.

Fast-forward another five years and the government’s record on appointing procurement chiefs remains a high-profile and sometimes controversial topic, with a number of recent appointments lacking a background in procurement.

It must be difficult for buyers to aspire to top positions, if they do not see their experience rewarded.

What can buyers do to make the step up to senior management and leadership roles?

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