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.
Home to many infamous sights, the southern town of Salisbury is a great place to live and work and has a thriving tourism economy. Located in the south of England, not far from Southampton, Bath and Bournemouth, there are several unmissable and world-famous tourist attractions in the area, most notably the Stonehenge. But this should not overshadow the other numerous attractions in the town, including Salisbury Cathedral, Stourhead Gardens, and Old Sarum. There are also more artisan attractions, such as the Salisbury Farmer’s Market and Charter Market, which are both great visits for tourists and locals alike.
Due to its thriving tourist demand, it is necessary for Salisbury to keep on top of its travelling options. For this reason, there are no shortage of major roads around the town, including the A36 and the A30. Salisbury train station also provides and additional means of transport to further afield locations around the south of England. Whilst Salisbury itself does not offer an international airport, Southampton airport is only 45 minutes’ drive away.