Finalist Interviews for Sourcing Star Awards: Jerome Arfeli, UPS

Posted: 11/16/2022 - 04:38
Finalist Interviews for Sourcing Star Awards: Jerome Arfeli, UPS
How did you get into this field. Was it purposeful or by accident?  
Actually, my entry into Procurement was unexpected. I was finalizing my engineering internship at Solvay in a production facility in Belgium, when I decided to submit my resume to the centralized HR database of resumes without applying to any specific role. A few weeks later, a recruiter called me to discuss an analyst opportunity within Solvay’s newly created centralized procurement organization. I got the job and I was hooked on Procurement ever since! 

4 Strategies to Adopt in a High-Volume Recruitment Process

Posted: 11/11/2022 - 00:04
4 Strategies to Adopt in a High-Volume Recruitment Process
Recruitment or talent acquisition is one of those aspects of your company's growth that seems straightforward but really isn’t. It's challenging and consumes a lot of time, effort, and resources. You don't want to lose productivity and profitability due to vacancies in business-critical positions. Therefore, you have to recruit replacements as fast as possible. 

Dollars Talk, but Great Leaders Keep the Best Workers From Walking

Posted: 03/28/2022 - 09:00
High compensation isn't enough to counter bad leadership and a poor work culture says Eric Harkins, President and Founder of GKG Search & Consulting. He offers five things leaders can do to keep their best employees from walking.

For months and months, we’ve heard and read ad nauseam about “The Great Resignation.” We’ve been given numerous reasons why record numbers of people are leaving their jobs.

But let’s be real about the main root cause. We are experiencing a great exodus of employees nationwide largely due to bad leadership.

The Role of a Procurement Center of Excellence

Posted: 06/29/2021 - 09:00
The Role of a Center of Excellence

Centers of Excellence, or CoEs, are part and parcel of every progressive procurement organization. In the strict sense, they’re internal bodies that perform knowledge-based services on a one-to-many basis for the procurement function and other related stakeholders.

In this piece, I discuss the role of the Center of Excellence in a procurement department, the types of issues they grapple with, and how can they work to ensure that they’re playing a strategic role and helping to facilitate real change across the procurement team.

3 Lessons Learned: From One Woman in Procurement to the Next

Posted: 06/21/2021 - 09:00
3 Lessons Learned: From One Woman in Procurement to the Next

Women in the C-suite are slowly gaining momentum, with leaders like Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi, Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, and Karen Knudsen, CEO of the American Cancer Society all being named “first female CEOs” within the last few months. But there is still opportunity for other women to level up to the C-suite, especially in procurement.

How to Find Calm in the Midst of Chaos

Posted: 04/29/2020 - 04:32

We are in an unprecedented time around the world, with an extremely wide gap in coping skills. Finding calm and peaceful moments is more important than ever right now. Chronic stress and anxiety takes an incredible toll on many bodily systems, most crucially, the immune system. If we can regulate our own emotions, we can pay better attention to those around us and increase empathy and morale.

Where We Stand on the Journey to Gender Diversity

Posted: 12/03/2019 - 03:35
People who know me know that I am a passionate advocate for elevating the role of women in business, and I am particularly interested in seeing more women attain senior leadership positions in the procurement function. I’ve been working in procurement for years, and throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know hundreds of outstanding procurement professionals, many of whom are women

Leading in a Detached World

Posted: 11/12/2019 - 01:42
Leading in a Detached World
Technology is great isn’t it? It allows us to interact with people from around the globe, to share ideas and instantly know the news of the day. It automates processes and allows for more value-added work to occur. However, it also keeps us from talking to the person seated next to us on the plane and creates the ability to hide behind Instagram photos when there is pain, sorrow or simply a need for someone to talk to. How often do we opt for a text message over calling because it is quicker? How many of those interactions are we missing because we are consumed with our phones?


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