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Faculty Insights 2012


THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Know You're Right

Do you remember your first day in the role and how daunting it was to sort fact from fiction, data from noise and reality from perception?

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

It's not all froth and bubbles

Not every Category Manager gets to work behind the scenes of our famous soft drink and mixer brands, but for Connie Scheibert, it’s been all in a day’s work during her time at Schweppes.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Procure for a Cause

The smartest CEOs know the competitiveness of the business and the health of the community in which they operate are closely tied. 

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

The need for speed

If you are one of those advanced Category Managers who has applied total cost management across your category, it may now be time to look at your suppliers’ costs, according to Jimmy Anklesaria.

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

Agents of Change

“Procurement people are change agents,” according to Antoinette Brandi, Manager Procurement and Logistics, Industrial Energy Division at Leighton Contractors..."

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

The Art of Procurement

Considered one of Australia’s best kept secrets, The Brett Whitely studio in Surrey Hills was recently the setting for a unique gathering of Sydney’s leading CPOs.

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

Up close with Manh Tran - Capital Projects Council Member

Category Manager and Capital Projects Category Council member, Manh Tran has been working at Australia’s leading multinational food and agri-business company, Simplot, for over four years. 
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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Mix with the Best

“The Procurement Executive Program is an outstanding program for gaining an understanding of strategic procurement and in developing leadership skills..."

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

Looking at the bigger picture

“Keeping in mind that procurement is part of a process, and not the whole activity, is critical in delivering successful project outcomes,” so says Category Master Nick Milani..."

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

"Why Cost Analysis Matters" by Jimmy Anklesaria

For over twenty five years, I have had the privilege of working with some of the best companies in the world. It never ceases to amaze me as to the similarities between companies in different industries or diverse countries. 
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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Two Speed Economy, Low Gear Productivity

At a recent UBS Wealth Management presentation attended by The Faculty, the audience was surprised to learn that Australia had one of the lowest productivity levels in the world.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Resolutions – What have you committed to this year?

The New Year is already underway and for many of us, our New Year resolutions have focused on getting fit and spending quality time with family and friends. 
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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

My Forum takeaways - Deanna Lomas

Deanna Lomas is the General Manager Supply Chain for Minerals and Metals Group. Attending her first Asia-Pacific CPO Forum, Deanna shares her insights as a procurement leader.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

My Forum takeaways - Alexandra Goffey

Recently promoted to Senior Consultant within The Faculty, Alexandra Goffey shares her perceptions of this year’s Forum.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

BRW features CPO of the Year

Keep an eye out for next week’s edition of BRW magazine, where 2012 CPO of the Year, Sharyn Scriven, will be profiled. Here, Sharyn goes on the record with The Faculty to answer five pressing questions for procurement

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Five Things The Faculty are Working On

It is full steam ahead at The Faculty. Here are just a handful of the projects that have been keeping the team busy.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Myth versus reality

For the first time since the GFC, the Asia-Pacific CPO Forum started with an unexpectedly upbeat assessment of the economic climate. “There are a lot of fear mongers out there,” acknowledges Phil Ruthven, Director of Ibis World and opening keynote speaker, “The trouble for bearish journalists, however, is that the economic facts simply ruin a good story”.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Betsy Harrington named a 2012 Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive

The Faculty is immensely proud to announce that our CEO Betsy Harrington has been named as a 2012 Provider Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive. 
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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Just keeping up is not enough

Arguably the hottest topic at this year’s CPO Forum, Williams, something of a social media evangelist, believes that when it comes to social media, procurement either needs to get on board, or get out of the way!

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Transformer

Amazing but true, more than a decade into the professionalisation of procurement, Australia is experiencing a surge in the number of greenfield procurement opportunities and transformation of brownfield sites.

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Daring to succeed - the Cas and Jonesy story

“Adventure is an activity with an unknown outcome,” says James Castrission, who along with pal Justin Jones makes up the inspirational young duo better known as ‘Cas & Jonesy’.

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

Nirvana: one contract, one way to spend

Every category manager’s dream is to have their whole organisation buying off the one contract. One global resources company is one step closer to making this dream a reality.

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CPO OF THE YEAR 2012

Take us to your leader

CPO of the Year 2012 will be awarded to one Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) from the Australia/Asia-Pacific region, in recognition of significant leadership of the profession. In order to determine what characteristics make for an outstanding CPO, The Faculty has engaged...

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

The Category Management Revolution is happening now

The recent Faculty Category Councils benchmarking survey reviewed the maturity of Category Management across three key categories – Maintenance, Repairs and Operations (MRO)...

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THE FACULTY QUARTERLY

Mind the Gap

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The moment a new employee walks in the door, the clock starts ticking with judgements and opinions rapidly formed on both sides.

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THE CATEGORY WRAP

Make an asset of yourself

Category Managers should think outside the box and work with suppliers to improve total asset utilisation and productivity on their capital equipment, rather than just providing a spare parts and maintenance service...

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