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So far Iain McKenna has created 38 blog entries.

What is the procurement professional’s greatest challenge today?

2021-11-05T13:26:05+00:00November 5th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome Procurement Excellence Consultant, Andrew Tanner-Smith to answer the question: "What is the procurement professional’s greatest challenge today?" As a procurement process expert, Andrew has spent 20 plus years career finding solutions that make purchasing better for the customer. Working in large complex organisations such as Nokia, he understands what it means to be more efficient, more cost-effective and more closely aligned with strategy and vision. Today he will answer the question, “What is the procurement professionals greatest challenge today?” Visit Andrew's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tannersmith/

How do you build diversity into your procurement department?

2021-10-22T09:19:39+00:00October 22nd, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome Lisa S. Jones, Founder & Chief EyeMail Officer, EyeMail Inc. to answer the question: "How do you build diversity into your procurement department?" Before founding EyeMail Inc., Lisa served in the Office of Supplier Diversity for the nation's largest wireless telecommunications provider. Based on her success with EyeMail, Lisa is considered a trailblazer for women in technology. As a result, she is a recognised industry thought leader, having made the Thinkers360 Top 10 list in multiple categories. With this in mind Lisa will answer the question; “How do you build diversity into your procurement department?” Visit Lisa's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisasjones/

Soft skills: Why are they important for procurement professionals?

2021-10-14T11:14:59+00:00October 14th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome the Founder of The Work Psychologist, Sarah-Jane Last to answer the question: "Soft skills: Why are they important for procurement professionals?" A self-described human dynamo who helps organisations achieve their potential by tapping into their most precious asset – their people, Sarah is a business strategist, business psychologist and executive coach who will answer the question; “Soft skills: Why are they important for procurement professionals?” Visit Sarah's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjanethain/

How do you harness the real value of procurement data?

2021-10-08T10:53:16+00:00October 8th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome Spend Analytics Expert, Eddie McGeachie to answer the question: "How do you harness the real value of procurement data?" Over a career spanning nearly 40 years, Eddie McGeachie worked with globally recognised brands such as IBM and Lenovo, the latter with whom he established a Centre of Excellence. Eddie understands the power and potential of data. Today he will answer the question, “how do you harness the real value of procurement data?” Visit Eddie's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/accelerated-insight/

What is the best way to manage tail spend?

2021-10-01T12:12:39+00:00October 1st, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome an experienced leader in professional services sourcing and procurement, Kathy Hess to answer the question: "What is the best way to manage tail spend?" For 25 years Kathy Hess has been an experienced leader in Professional Services Sourcing and Procurement for some of the world’s most notable brands including Mastercard and Accenture. Today we call on Kathy’s deep experience and expertise to answer the question; “What is the best way to manage tail spend.” Visit Kathy's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathyhess/

What is procurement’s purple cow?

2021-09-22T09:18:17+00:00September 22nd, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome speaker, trainer, author and coach Alison Smith to answer the question: "What is procurement’s purple cow?" For more than 21 years Alison Smith has used her LANDSCAPE toolkit full of gorgeous and down to earth, if unconventional, tools to help procurement teams to think more creatively to see situations from all 360 degrees and uncover options currently hidden from view. With this in mind Alison will answer the question; “What is procurement’s purple cow.” Visit Alison's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisonsmitheu/

Why is it important to take a holistic approach to procurement?

2021-09-08T11:17:29+00:00September 8th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome the Global Head of Procurement Services at Flutter Entertainment Plc, Colum Colbert to answer the question: "Why is it important to take a holistic approach to procurement?" Over his 23-year career Colum has held management positions in both procurement and finance, which has provided him with a uniquely balanced view of our profession. It is through this diverse lens that Colum will answer the question: "Why is it important to take a holistic approach to procurement?" Visit Colum’s LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colum-colbert-9962bb2b/

What is a successful negotiation?

2021-08-25T09:26:22+00:00August 25th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome Tim Cummins President at World Commerce & Contracting, a Professor at Leeds University School of Law, and the Chair for the International Commercial & Contract Management to answer the question: "What is a successful negotiation?" Over the past five decades Tim Cummins has distinguished himself as an industry trailblazer, thought leader and even a futurist. Having been at the helm of IACCM - now World Commerce and Contracting organisation Tim is uniquely and expertly positioned to answer the question; " What is a successful negotiation?" Visit Tim's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-cummins-62248a/

How do you deal with suppliers in a post-pandemic world?

2021-08-18T17:54:14+00:00August 18th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome author, educator and architect of the Vested business model Kate Vitasek to answer the question: "How do you deal with suppliers in a post-pandemic world?" Besides being a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine and Founder of Vested Outsourcing, as a faculty member of the University of Tennessee Kate’s passion is the pioneering work she’s leading in Vested and Vested Outsourcing at the University. As a result of her work in this important area, Kate is expertly positioned to answer the question; "How do you deal with suppliers in a post-pandemic world?" Visit Kate's LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katevitasek/

Why is supplier innovation important to your organisation?

2021-08-04T09:16:43+00:00August 4th, 2021|

Procurement in 5-Minutes We live and work in a busy world in which there is little time to read, watch or listen beyond the headlines. Hello, my name is Iain Campbell-McKenna, and this is “Procurement in 5-minutes.” That’s right, in 5-minutes I promise to tackle some of the biggest challenges and deepest questions our profession and industry face on a day-to-day basis. In today’s 5-minutes I welcome SHV Energy’s Global Procurement Director Robert Bonnar to answer the question: Why is supplier innovation important to your organisation? Over his career that has spanned four decades, Robert’s diverse roles that have included being an industrial chemist and financial analyst to his present position as Global Procurement Director with some of the world’s largest and most recognisable brands uniquely positions him to answer the question; Why is supplier innovation important to your organisation? Visit Robert’s LinkedIn profile @: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbonnar/