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

Private sector or Public sector: Private

Core business activity of the enterprise: Retail

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 12

Management motto: “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.

Personal motto: “I can and I will”

Membership of professional bodies: CIPS

What is your vision for P&SM: To be recognised as “somebody” that has made a difference to the people of this country by creating jobs and improving the lives of people less fortunate – all by creatively executing my job as a procurement professional

Personal best achievement: Represented South Africa in Volleyball, at World Student games, Olympic qualifiers, All Africa Games, and World Youth Games

Most important commodities: All are important

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My dad

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: There are a few – Shiraz Sarang, Sascha Bender and Hanck van Laar

Person you would most like to meet: Ayrton Senna

What do you like most about your job: I have the ability to change people’s lives

Is there anything you dislike about your job: None – I’m living the dream

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Elon Musk

Favourite quote: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela

Your favourite South African organisation: Bidvest

Your favourite global organisation: Google

Your philosophy about life: If you believe very strongly in something, stand up and fight for it

Favourite reading: Stories of real life (Long Walk to Freedom)

Favourite music: RnB

Favourite sport: Golf

Favourite website: www.supersport.co.za

Hobbies: F1, Golf, Football

Car: BMW

Children: Two girls (Leyah and Bronwyn)