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From Graduate to CPO: Leadership Career Building in Procurement

Every young professional thinks hard about what they want to achieve and how they might get there. Early on, there are many choices and little clarity about which might be the best path. Which will be more rewarding? Which has too many risks?

The Craig Lardner FCIPS journey from graduate to CPO of a FTSE 100 company, 20 years as a CPO and spend responsibility of $5,000 per minute, non-stop, for 20 years, is an illuminating journey through the world of procurement.

Craig will talk about what happened that mattered, who did it to him, what he needed to do for himself. And, how you might manage your career progression to reach your ambitions too.

He will share his mistakes and (little) wins along the way and cover off the ever important dimension of “If I knew then, what I know now”. His ‘must do’s and ‘must not do’s' are powerful tips on successful career progression. These reflections are invaluable to people who want to understand what worked for others, what failed, and where the bear traps are. And, who you should trust.

You will learn:

  • Definitions of leadership and what I chose to ignore
  • What Procurement Leadership means to me – history and relevance
  • Best advice I ever took
  • Best advice I offered
  • Best questions ever posed to me
  • Life mottos: The cases for and against
  • On Procurement Leadership: “If I knew then what I know now…”
  • The do’s and don’ts

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