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 large town in Northern Yorkshire, is the most populated area in the county of Northern Yorkshire. The eastern town, not far from the coast, is found as a somewhat middle ground town, between larger cities such as York and Newcastle. Despite this, Middlesbrough still stands on its own two feet, with its own very successful Middlesbrough Football Club, the naturally beautiful Roseberry Topping, as well as a larger percentage of employees in sectors such as Education and Health, compared to the average percentage for the country as a whole – making it a great place to work as part of a recruitment agency as well.
In addition to the diverse benefits of the town and the various things it has to offer, being such a staple town in Northern Yorkshire, it is unsurprising that travel to Middlesbrough is made easy; the A1(M) and A66 both ease travel around the area, as well as the A19 and A172 both explicitly helping motor travel around the town. The town also includes several train stations, including Thornaby, Middlesbrough and James Cook University Hospital Station. If this wasn’t enough, Teesside Airport is within 20 minutes’ drive of the town as well.