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MCIPS-qualified professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa earn 38% more

 

SalarySurvey.png• 57% of Sub-Saharan professionals received a salary increase in the last 12 months
• In a change from 2016, when the private sector reported the highest average salaries, last year's top performer was the charity/not-for-profit sector
• Men earn more than women at more senior levels, especially at advanced professional level where the pay gap is 26%
• Unlike the UK and in line with last year, women tend to earn more than men at managerial, operational and tactical levels
• Despite a downturn in the economy, 41% received a bonus in the last 12 months

Q&A with Lenovo's VP of Global Procurement


GlobalProcure.jpgChallenges of Global Procurement


Rob Handfield
, Co-Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at North Carolina State University (SCRC), recently spoke to John Zapko, Vice President of global procurement for technology company Lenovo, about what’s going on in the world of global procurement. Zapko has procurement authority over all software, Latin America, and emerging markets.

R H: What do you see as big challenges facing Lenovo as you look at global procurement in the areas that you work in?

What to do in your first 90 days leading a procurement division

 

Sanet.jpgChanging jobs or even organisations can be daunting. Managing the change is a strategic process requiring a strong sense of visionary leadership, a clear picture of the objective and reasons and a strong process of communication and involvement.

Sanet Shepperson, a Procurement Executive at Cell C, provides a ‘play book’ on how to walk in, take the reins and lead a procurement department.

8 ways procurement can radically reduce costs

 

GibsonSibanda.pngProcurement-managed expenditure accounts for an average of 65-75% of many organisations’ outflows. Tough economic situations, therefore, require procurement professionals to continually implement and manage cost reduction programmes.

As many organisations continue to search for ways to reduce costs, there should be an agreed and well-defined programme for and by supply chain professionals to cut costs. Gibson Sibanda (MCIPS), general secretary of CIPS Zimbabwe branch, outlines eight initiatives and contributions that procurement practitioners can adopt to reduce and contain costs, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

To transform procurement, stop thinking about procurement

 

IanGeorge.jpgMaking a significant impact on an organisation and its key stakeholders is statistically likely to end in failure: it is a pattern that has been repeated for decades and the reasons are many and complex. However, by applying some key strategies, the potential for success can be improved significantly, writes Ian George, from the Procurement Leaders Network and Transformation Lead at ProPar consulting, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Smart Procurement World celebrates 10 years serving procurement and SCM

 

Thumbnail image for Mediacy.jpgSmart Procurement World celebrates a landmark year in its history this year. “We are celebrating 10 years of serving the interests of procurement and supply chain professionals in South Africa. Smart Procurement World would like to say ‘thank you’ for your unwavering support over the years,” said Mediacy Mudekwa, Head of Content, Smart Procurement World.

Smart Procurement World debuts in KZN

 

20160609_085026.jpgThe inaugural Smart Procurement World KwaZulu-Natal conference saw more than 467 attendees, 41 exhibitors, 223 SMMEs and 169 delegates hosted at the conference.

Focus on value, not cost, to beat odds

 

BillMichels.jpgChief Procurement Officers (CPOs) have a very short window of time in which to make their mark at a company (the average tenure of a CPO is less than five years), and the terms of engagement are brutal: corporate mandates to reduce costs in the supply chain set up procurement officers for failure since costs can’t be reduced year over year indefinitely without a breakthrough change, which is hard to achieve, said Bill Michels, CEO and founder of Aripart Consulting.

10 Traits of a successful 'procurement entrepreneur'

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What is ‘Entrepreneurial Procurement’? How can the term entrepreneurial be applied to people who are working for large organisations? (Most are in procurement) Surely being entrepreneurial is about coming up with a new idea and building a business from the ground up?


“That is the conventional view of an entrepreneur, but in the context that we are using the term we are referring to a particular mindset and set of behaviours,” explains Nigel Wardropper, Managing Director of Procurement and Supply Australasia (PASA).
 

Wardropper provides a list of traits that he says demonstrates entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour in procurement.

9 skills for a successful career in procurement


1. Project Management Skills


thinking.jpgAt the core of procurement, there needs to be a competency in project management. Procurement is a culmination of many different activities that produce a finished product. A procurement professional initiates, plans, executes and monitors the project through to completion. The best people to work in procurement are organised enough to take on this responsibility. Are things being done on time and correctly? This is the mindset.


Project management solutions can help by streamlining operations and providing visibility.

 

How can procurement executives build a winning internal strategy?

 

strategy.jpgBe sure to lay groundwork for open ongoing communication among the departments partnering with procurement


It has become clear that the most effective procurement departments not only rely on their own departmental capabilities and resources, but also leverage internal partners to support their work. Below is a series of best practices that procurement leaders can follow to establish and make the most of their relationships with internal partners.

Complying with National Treasury's Central Supplier Database

 

national tresuary.pngNational Treasury will establish and administer the Central Supplier Database (CSD) on behalf of all departments, constitutional institutions and public entities. The CSD serves as one single source of supplier information to all spheres of government.


National Treasury has not yet confirmed an exact date, but certain reports have speculated that all suppliers to government must be registered and verified on the CSD from 1st April 2016.

Five Disruptive Forces Keeping CPO's Awake at Night

 

lisa malone.jpgBusinesses today have more exposure than ever before to trade, investment, jobs, people movements and especially flow of information. This represents a threat to some and an opportunity to others, says Lisa Malone, General Manger at Procurious in this month’s SmartProcurement.


“Opening our companies up to a globally connected market has had enormous commercial benefits and uncovered new consumer and supplier markets. But, for all this benefit, the enormous geographic and economic shadows our organisations’ now cast leave our businesses far more exposed to risk” explains Malone.
 

Mitigate supplier risk to safeguard your brand

 

Greg Brown.jpgReputable brands attract good suppliers, valuable partners and strong customers. They enjoy a positive public image and are seen as the benchmark for other players in their respective fields.


But it is not only clever marketing and strategic public relations efforts that give prominent brands around the world their position at the top.


“A brand’s reputation is, first and foremost, dependent on a company’s ability to deliver on promises – and leading companies are well-respected because of their commitment, reliability, responsibility, compliance and, quality,” said Greg Brown, Director of LexisNexis Governance, Risk & Compliance in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Procurement's role in keeping your SAP material master data honest

 

download.jpgWill the company that has reasonable material master data please stand up!? SAP’s material master data, without a doubt, is the bane of any Procurement Manager’s existence. This will also not be news to any manager in purchasing, with most companies despairingly accepting that master data always has and always will be an insurmountable problem. This, after several failed attempts to fix the challenges that material master data presents, says Steven Freemantle of SweetThorn Thought Leadership in this month’s SmartProcurement.

UNDP backs CIPS' call for creation of a procurement licence

 

Graduation.jpgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged its support for the creation of a professional procurement licence.


The endorsement was revealed at the CIPS Pan African Conference in July in Johannesburg.


David Noble, group CEO, CIPS said in a statement that “as a profession, we need to step forward and be accountable for our actions. In a world of scarce resources and increasing supply risks, we can no longer accept inadequate procurement and supply practices and, therefore, we must ensure this profession is fit for purpose to move on to its next generation – a licensing approach will ensure the right structure is in place for this to happen.”


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