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INDUSTRY WHITEPAPER

Changing Roles of the Procurement Leader: The Analytical CPO

The business world constantly changes, so procurement leaders have to change with it. While much of the recent focus has been on the need for procurement professionals to develop strong interpersonal skills, we’ve been observing another trend that is driving somewhat different needs.

To succeed now, a procurement leader must also be increasingly analytical and data-driven, making decisions and setting direction based on evidence and analysis, not just personal judgement.

This paper will explain why tomorrow’s procurement leader will also need to have impressive analytical skills – ideally personally, or (as a minimum) at their disposal to support their work.


About the Author

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Peter Smith

Managing Editor, Spend Matters

Peter has 30 years' experience in procurement and supply chain as a manager, procurement director, consultant, analyst and writer. He edits Spend Matters UK/Europe, and with Jason Busch, the founder of Spend Matters in the US, has developed it into a leading web-based resource for procurement and industry professionals. Peter is also Managing Director of Procurement Excellence Ltd, a leading specialist consulting firm, and is recognised as one of the UK's leading experts in public and private sector procurement improvements.