Jenny Draper Joins Spend Matters UK Team – Major Focus On SolutionMap

Here at Spend Matters Towers, the nerve centre of the sprawling media empire that dominates the world of procurement news, analysis, opinion and scurrilous gossip, we have some exciting news to share with you.

Spend Matters UK/Europe has a new team member who joins us to help provide our readers, partners and clients with a wider range of knowledge and experience as we enter a new era of change and development. Please welcome Jenny Draper, our new Spend Matters UK/Europe General Manager.

Jenny has more than 20 years of procurement and commercial expertise and you can read more about her here. She started as a procurement practitioner, working for industrial firm Owens Corning for several years in both CatMan roles and on an SAP implementation.

That led to her getting involved in the first wave of “eProcurement” excitement around the Millennium,  with Freemarkets / Ariba, where she also met Jason Busch, who went on to found Spend Matters. She then successfully developed and ran e-Three, later to merge with Enrich in 2012, providing consulting around ERP, supply chain and financial solutions.

Most recently she was a senior managing consultant at Barkers, who won a CIPS SM Award last week of course, as you heard yesterday. Barkers is a commercial consultancy, helping businesses to understand their transformation challenges and to execute their plans. So Jenny has a strong background in the procurement space with organisations of all shapes and sizes.

Jenny will focus strongly on the Spend Matters SolutionMap range of products and services, but she will also be working with Nancy Clinton and me, developing content and getting involved when we assist clients with webinars and other speaking / facilitation activities. If you haven’t come across it yet, SolutionMap is produced by the Spend Matters research team; it analyses and rates solution providers across a range of procurement technologies. (I’m not involved personally, so I am allowed to say with a reasonable level of objectivity that it’s better in our space – more detailed and more useful - than Gartner’s magic quadrant analysis).

Jenny lives in the north-west of England and will be getting out and about to meet readers, sponsors, and partners over coming weeks. She will be at eWorld for instance on October 3rd in Westminster  if you want to come and say hello; and if you want to get in touch directly, she is at jdraper(at)spendmatters.com.

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