Someone once said: “When you are through changing, you are through” – what are you doing to alter things for the better?
In our forthcoming issue (out on 28 May) we speak to recruiters about what job opportunities are out there for buyers. As you’ll see from the two articles in that issue – individuals with strategic procurement and change management skills are in demand.
A number of companies overseas are looking to establish procurement functions, while others want purchasing professionals who can help extract the most value from existing buying departments.
In our latest issue (14 May), we speak to Tom Linton, CPO at LG Electronics in South Korea. He appears to have all these abilities and more in bucket-loads – and he’s set himself some very tough targets. He wants to make the firm’s procurement function into the world’s best in three years. He’s going out to the market to stimulate competition, he’s recruited an army of non-buyers LG is training to tackle indirect spend and he’s established commodity councils to ensure LG makes the most of the buying power across its five businesses. And that’s just for starters.
LG is a huge company, but when it comes to procurement it knows it doesn’t have it all right – yet. What are you doing to help your company through the changes it must now be facing? Because whatever you do to change things for the better, will not only help your current firm – the skills you develop are likely to aid your long-term career plans too.