Why we should stop talking about women in procurement
As Sheryl Sandberg said “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Chloe Jansen and Lyuba Kirilova interviewed four women in senior procurement positions to gain insight on the often discussed topic – women in procurement. The industry has made great advances in terms of equality and diversity however, as with most industries, there remains a disproportionate lack of women at the top. To get to the root of the problem perhaps we need to stop talking about women in procurement and tackle the issue at a higher level?
Procurement and Supply Chain functions are continuing to evolve in response to the challenges and opportunities facing businesses. As Procurement 2020 – our survey of C-Suite executives – showed, operating models are evolving to push the functions from a more traditional, back-office role to becoming integrated and proactive. Key to any effective profession is attracting, developing and retaining the right talent. For Procurement and Supply Chain this means securing well-rounded people who can combine hard skills, such as commercial nous, with the softer skillsets essential to acting as a critical friend and facilitator to the business.
To measure the pulse of progress, Ayming interviewed senior female Procurement and Supply Chain professionals across a variety of industries. Our findings show that there is reason for celebration, albeit with an element of caution…
What does the women in procurement whitepaper cover?
Jansen and Kirilova cover a variety of topics with their interviewees: