You will need:
- Strong leadership skills
- Team player at executive levels to collaborate with business units and functional partners like IT, finance, HR, legal, etc. The biggest reason for CPOs not staying long at a firm is due to culture
- Solid operational management and general business skills and savvy
- Working knowledge of finance and/or accounting in terms of budgeting, cost management, financial accounting, treasury, risk management, etc.
- Industry knowledge in terms of broad industry dynamics on the buy-side (and the sell-side), but also the internal knowledge and “language of the business”
- Excellent communication skills and even better listening skills that allows the CPO to get the “voice of the internal customer” and to understand the company culture and how to best communicate procurement’s value to it
- Ability to “sell” procurement’s value and to run procurement as a services business like any other well-run professional services business
- In-depth knowledge of sourcing and procurement principles and best practices, but doesn’t have to come from within the procurement ranks
- Strong negotiation skills to use for large commercial deals
- Familiarity with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, as well as understanding of standard contractual terms and conditions to mitigate legal risk
- Strategic Analytical mindset and problem-solving skills
- Change management skills and self awareness to take varying approaches with a dynamic set of stakeholders (e.g., expert model vs. facilitative model)
- Knowledge of enterprise risk management and business continuity planning
At least a Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, economics, finance, operations, engineering or a related area, with a Master's degree preferred.
The small town not far from the city of Gloucester, is located near the Anglo-Welsh border, near south Wales. The town is known for being quite upmarket, which isn’t surprising considering the town is so famous, especially for the grand spectacle that is the yearly horse races that have taken place there annually since 1911. The town has many picturesque locations worth visiting, which includes various parks such as Pittville and the Imperial Gardens. With such a rich and diverse history, several buildings such as the Everyman Theatre, Montpellier District, and Pittville Water Pump all are worth seeing.
Being the tourist hotspot that it is, combined with its success as a town, transport links around Cheltenham are of course well-established. This includes several A-roads such as the A40, and it is within 5 miles of the M5. This is incredibly convenient as Gloucestershire Airport is along the M5, and is similarly less than 5 miles from Cheltenham town. Cheltenham Spa train station also provides an additional means of transport should one be looking for it.