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.
This city is part of the stunning county of Herefordshire, with lots of natural beauty on offer, including the notorious Hereford Cathedral, Wye Valley, and Berrington Hall to name but a few of the possible attractions and days out in and around Hereford. Additionally, various informational days out may include the several museums that on offer, with the Waterworks Museum, Black and White House Museum and the Hereford Cider Museum all contributing very unique experiences and days out. For more day-to-day activities, the Old Market and Buttermarket, compliment the already countless places to shop in the city, which include the Maylord Shopping Centre, and various large superstores such as Primark and Marks & Spencer. Overall, living and working in Hereford has every aspect of life covered, despite appearing to be a more secluded and rural county.
It probably isn’t surprising therefore that various A-roads come in and out of the city, including the A438, A49 and A465 – all offering slightly different ways of navigating around the thriving city in the heart of the county. If this wasn’t enough on its own, Hereford Train Station of course offers quicker transport to multiple locations across England.