How to build the procurement Dream Team


From developing interns to training veterans, building the right procurement organization is a lot like managing a sports team

By David Hannon — Purchasing, 2/14/2008

“If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”

The words football coaching legend Bill Parcels used to sum up his reasons for leaving the New England Patriots after a dispute with management may also ring familiar to the average CPO today. With procurement’s value in the organization being recognized more and competition for top procurement talent at an all-time high, many leading-edge firms are taking a much more strategic approach to building their procurement “Dream Team.”


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