In some ways it was disappointing to hear Total’s HR manager
come on the Today programme to discuss the Lindsey Oil Refinery wildcat
Surely the procurement manager would have been a more appropriate choice?
While the dispute does surround the use of foreign workers,
and the obvious personnel issues involved, Bob Emerson, the HR manager in
question, spent most of the time discussing purchasing-related issues such as the
firm’s tendering process and how it awards contracts.
This would have been an excellent opportunity for procurement
to grasp the spotlight and explain to the wider world what it contributes to a