What’s your procurement elevator pitch?

This applies whether you're the junior buyer, the senior category management, or the Global VP and CPO. You meet the boss today - in the lift, in the Gents / Ladies, in the canteen.

And they say, "so what are you up to at the moment"?

Are you ready? Do you have your 30-second elevator pitch* ready? Does it strike the right balance between humility and confidence, between aspiration and achievement? Does it leave the boss thinking, "goodness me, that individual / procurement function is really aligned with and contributing to my personal and our corporate objectives"?

Because that's the impression you want to leave.

Or do you just mutter, "not much, just working on some contracts..."

If you haven't thought about this before... spend 10 minutes today doing so! (And if  you manage a team, consider a session to agree the team version as well as your personal pitch).

And anybody want to volunteer their own here?

* "An elevator pitch is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a product, service, or organization and its value proposition. The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes".  (Wikipedia)

First Voice

  1. Huhh?:

    “I am taking the many ludicrous and short sited edicts that you and the executive team have made and attempting, through unpaid overtime, to translate them into something that will not be a complete disaster for our organisation”

    That would cover most large, hierarchies. Or too cynical?

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