Procurement Leaders

6 strategies to rank as a procurement leader

LindaAshok_100.jpgIt is excellent if you have already gained a grip on procurement's changing landscape. If not, for many businesses, procurement remains quite intimidating. There are concerns about co-ordinating upstream and downstream processes. Risk management, supplier intelligence, advanced analytics and a drive towards innovation all suffer from disruptive digital transformation. "To keep up with the fast-changing supply chain landscape, a procurement leader has to have control over aspects that govern procurement", says Linda Ashok, a content, communications and branding professional.

CPO Leadership Profile: Pascal Exbrayat

PascalExbrayat_100.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Pascal Exbrayat from Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR).

Full name: Pascal Exbrayat

Position: Head of Procurement, Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR)

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: US$450-million

Who does P & SM report to: Head of Supply Chain, Nestlé ESAR

The unenviable task of the Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO)

CRO_125.jpgBy Matodzi Ratshimbilani

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Finance have, on several occasions in the recent past, informed South Africa that mega state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will soon be under the helm of chief restructuring officers (CROs), of whom a lot is expected to turn around the fortunes of beleaguered SOEs.

On 30 July 2019, the appointment of Freeman Nomvalo as CRO of Eskom was announced. However, previous announcements were scant on the details around the role of CROs at SOEs. The nomenclature of CROs seem to be borrowed from the United States where the practice was abound after the 2008 financial crisis.

Join us at Smart Procurement World in September, where we will look at what procurement functions can do to build more confidence in SOEs and how procurement should be positioned to protect and strengthen SA's core institutions.

4 CPO futures

MatthiasGutzmann_100.jpgProcurement is under immense pressure to transform and reinvent itself. The role of the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) and their teams in the future will look very different to how it looks today.

Matthias Gutzmann, Founder of Digital Procurement World, chatted to some procurement leaders and the conversations that ensued suggest that CPOs are at a turning point with four potential paths to follow: up, over, down or out.

Leadership Profile: Dr Faith Mashele

FaithMashele_100.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Dr Faith Mashele (MCIPS, MBA, PhD), from the Tshwane University of Technology.

Full name: Faith Mashele

Position: Financial Director: Expenditure

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: R1.1-billion

Bringing demand planning to board level

JohannesGiloth_100.jpgThe telecommunications industry is evolving at tremendous pace. Nokia predicts that in 2025 the number of connected devices in the world will have risen from less than 10-billion to around 50-billion. These will include machines such as cars and household appliances that will communicate with each other.

"Today, most data sets are generated by human beings; in the future much more data will be generated by intelligent machines that will talk to each other. The volume of data is exploding and so too is the demand for real-time communication. This will require different hardware and software solutions and will have a massive impact on the supply chain," says Johannes Giloth, senior vice president of operations for Nokia Networks.

Giloth sat down with Supply Chain Movement's Helen Armstrong to describe the challenges of operating in this extremely dynamic and competitive marketplace.

Interview with Novartis CPO Wolfgang Rauch

WolfgangRauch_100.jpgHow and when did procurement and supply become your passion and career choice?
I have not always considered procurement as a career path. I was initially inspired by scientific and technical jobs: I dreamed about becoming a chemist or a jet pilot. But my professional life developed differently. I started a commercial apprenticeship at a mid-size company based in Germany and one day several emergencies arose in the procurement department. I was asked to join the supply management team and that was the starting point of my successful career in the discipline that became a lifelong passion.

Procurement's role in making progress on society's biggest problems

StephenWills_100.jpgMaking progress on society's biggest problems requires governments to make better use of data, involve citizens and collaborate with other sectors.

Procurement is constantly under threat. We always fight for recognition and access to full business spend. And, at the very time when we achieve acknowledgement for our contribution and procurement is widely understood, our function becomes a target.

For decades we have provided supply chain transformation projects, led group-wide savings programmes as well as developed risk and budget control policies and governance.

Yet, unlike other shared-service functions who are accepted as core business functions, we are tolerated as long as we deliver new benefits, yet challenged on our business results and KPIs. Our budgets become leaner with never-enough resources to achieve our goals. Once our skills are understood by the business, it wants to commoditise and outsource them to a systems-led provider or an inexperienced team of 'worker bees'.

Therefore, with this background of change and uncertainty, it is good to reflect upon and be upbeat about where strategic procurement leaders can contribute to society and to business, writes Stephen Wills (FCIPS, MBA), international senior procurement and supply chain expert, and former CPO in public and private business sectors (UK), in this month's SmartProcurement.

Ronald Mlalazi (FCIPS) appointed MD of Commerce Edge

Ronald_small.jpgCommerce Edge South Africa has announced the appointment of Ronald Mlalazi (FCIPS) as their new Managing Director.

He succeeds Bernie van Niekerk, who, after 18 years leading the business, will now focus on Commerce Edge's international business expansion.

Mlalazi joins Commerce Edge's team of country heads from Australia, Africa outside of SA, and soon-to-be-established USA.

Leadership Profile: Professor Marcus Ambe

Marcus_Ambe.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Prof. Marcus Ambe, from the University of South Africa, Unisa.

Full name: Prof. Marcus Ambe

Position: Chairperson of the Tender Committee (Other Projects) at Unisa;
Chairperson of the Supply Chain Management Research Group, Unisa;
Chairperson of the implementation committee for Enterprise and Supplier Development Programme, Unisa;
Professor in Supply Chain Management, Unisa School of Public and Operations Management;
Deputy Chairperson: Technical Standards and Competencies for the interim Supply Chain Management Council, SA

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: R2-billion

Who does P & SM report to: Chief Finance Officer (CFO)

Leadership Profile: Mark Kuipers

MarkKuipers.PNGThis month SmartProcurement profiles Mark Kuipers, Chief Director: Capacity Building, National Treasury and Chairman of the SCM Council.

The SCM Council seeks to professionalise supply chain management (SCM) within South Africa - making it a discipline governed by national SCM norms, standards and principles. The Council engages with SCM stakeholders to unpack leading practices and strategies that can be used to qualify SCM practitioners in the country.

Currently an 'Interim SCM Council', it was launched as a collaborative effort between National Treasury's Chief Directorate: Capacity Building, within the Office of the Accountant-General (OAG), and the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO). A fully-fledged SCM Council will be established in terms of the Public Procurement Bill as soon as it is enacted.

How do 9 CPOs improve relationships with their business partners?

Fabian_Ziegler.pngMatthias Gutzmann recently came across a quote from Fabian Ziegler, the CPO for Shell, at this year's World Procurement Congress in London who said, "Procurement is a relationship business." An article by Steve Kiefer, GM's purchasing chief, called "Relationships Matter" echoes this sentiment.

Fabian's quote is especially resonant because building business relationships - both internally and externally - is so critical to procurement's business success, today and in the future. Sure, other functions also require strong relationship-building skills, but as procurement's definition of value is evolving from "savings only" to "value beyond savings," these (soft) skills are paramount for procurement to deliver on this new promise.

Given the relevance of this topic, Gutzmann, the Vice President of Old Street Labs (the creators of Vizibl - a platform that links buyers and sellers to aid supplier management and collaboration) wanted to explore further and reached out to his fellow CPO friends to see how they improve relationships with their business partners.

Here is what they said:

Leadership profile: Ntokozo Zondi

NtokosoZondi_small.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Ntokozo Zondi, Head: Group Procurement at Orion Engineered Carbons.

Full name: Ntokozo Zondi

Position: Head: Group Procurement

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: R750-million a year (South Africa only)

Who does P & SM report to? Global Supply Chain VP (Frankfurt, Germany, EU)

Ntokozo will be speaking at Smart Procurement World's Western Cape Conference in May 2018

Leadership Profile: Mogamad Rafique Jassiem

RafiqueJassiem.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Mogamad Rafique Jassiem from the Oceana Group.

Full name: Mogamad Rafique Jassiem

Position: Executive: Group Procurement

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: Approximately R5-billion p/annum

Who does P & SM report to: The CFO, who is currently also our acting CEO

Leadership Profile: Yogan Naidu

Yogan_Naidu.jpegThis month SmartProcurement profiles Yogan Naidu, from Woolworths.

Full name: Yogan Naidu

Position: Head of Procurement

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: A lot!

Who does P&SM report to: Group Finance Director

Leadership profile: Sese Chasakara - South African Reserve Bank


SeseChasakara.jpgThis month SmartProcurement profiles Sese Chasakara, Chief Procurement Officer at the South African Reserve Bank

Full name: Sese Chasakara

Position: Chief Procurement Officer

Your organisation’s procurement expenditure: Sizable

Who does P & SM report to: Group CFO

Hear from Sese Chasakara at the Smart Procurement World Conference in September. He will be a panellist on the discussion around Why the C-suite needs CPOs to become strategic thinkers.



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