Women in Global Sourcing: Canda S. Rozier

Posted: 01/17/2019 - 00:55

Future of Sourcing Digital is thrilled to bring you a new series titled “Women Global in Sourcing.” This series strives to highlight, celebrate and acknowledge women who are pioneers and leaders in the industry and who have been influential in moving the industry forward. We are excited to feature Canda S. Rozier this week, a well-known leader in the sourcing community.

Canda is Senior Vice President Global Procurement and Real Estate at NTT Security, with responsibility for strategic sourcing, category management, procurement, supply chain management, cost reduction and spend management projects, and contract negotiations for all procurement, as well as all global real estate and facilities. 

Tell us about your career path. How did you get into this field? Was it purposeful or by accident? 
My early career was in application/systems development (aka “programming”), but the company quickly learned that I not only was technical, but could also give presentations and was comfortable in customer-facing situations. I moved into pre-sales support and then into a role as a product manager, where one of my responsibilities was negotiating contracts with application partners.   
When First Data made the decision to create a procurement organization to “leverage the purchasing power” of the various affiliate companies, I was one of two people selected for this. I later became CPO at First Data, and subsequently the procurement executive at other global companies, 
Would you follow that same path again if you had the choice? 
Yes!  Procurement has been a perfect career for me. 
What one factor has most profoundly changed the way you personally work since your first day in your first job?  
Technology. When I started working, there were no cell phones, PCs or even answering machines. Technology has enabled speed, efficiency and globalization that would have never been possible otherwise. 
What do you think are the best characteristics of a strong leader?  
Having empathy, listening, being willing to take risks and knowing that failure isn’t fatal (not for you or your team). 
What three words do you think your colleagues and peers would use to describe you? 
Driven, passionate and focused. 
What three words do you think your friends and family would use to describe you? 
Successful, talkative and energetic. 
Finally, what piece of advice would you give to young women starting their careers in the field of sourcing, outsourcing and procurement? 
My advice to any young person, woman or man, starting their careers is:   
  • be passionate in your career, but keep balance in your life; 
  • learn your strengths and how to leverage them;   
  • know your weaknesses and strive to improve them, or at least don’t let them impact your success; and 
  • always act with utmost ethics—your reputation will both precede and follow you.

About The Author

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Canda Rozier is the Senior Vice President, Global Procurement and Real Estate, Security Division, at NTT Ltd., with responsibility for strategic sourcing, category management, procurement, cost reduction & spend management projects, and contract negotiations for all procurement, as well as all global real estate and facilities. After joining NTT Ltd. in 2011, Canda was named as a Charter Member of the NTT Communications Global Procurement Advisory Board the following year, and now is a member of the Operating Committee of NTT Global Sourcing Inc., as well as a Vice President and Global Procurement Advisor to NTT Holdings.  

With over 30 years industry experience, Canda was previously Chief Procurement Officer/Senior Vice President Global Real Estate at First Data Corporation, where she led the centralization and globalization of strategic sourcing/procurement and the operational transformation of real estate/facilities management worldwide, and had a senior role in the $29B private buyout of FDC.  She has IPO, acquisition, spinoff, strategic procurement and business transformation experience in the US, Europe and Asia; and providing independent consulting advisory services to Fortune 500 and mid-market companies.  

Previous roles have included senior positions at Unisys/Burroughs and American Express. Canda is on the Advisory Board for the Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) and ZagadaExchange.com, and is based in Colorado with a BA from Davidson College. She is a frequent contributor to sourcing industry publications, and speaks at industry conferences and events.