Q&A With the Judges for the Global Procurement Awards!

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With the nominations for the Global Procurement Awards swiftly underway, chances are that you’ve already heard about the awards from one source or another. But, if you happen to be one of the few who are scratching their heads wondering what we’re talking about, no need to worry because we’ll fill you in!

The Global Procurement Awards (or GPA’s, for short) were created to celebrate those committed to excellence in the procurement profession. There are 6 categories, including a People’s Choice Award where the public will get to decide who the winner is. For the remaining 5 categories, we have an expert panel of judges who are all thought leaders in the procurement world, and will be using their expertise to determine the winners. You can learn more about the GPA’s by clicking here.

Now that you’re all filled in on what the awards are, it’s time to learn a little more about our fantastic panel of judges! Since we place great emphasis on recognizing procurement professionals from diverse backgrounds (we are the Global Procurement Awards after all) we are so excited to be joined by judges with expansive experiences in the procurement profession – we were curious to learn more about them, and what they will be looking for when judging!

Tania SearyTania Seary, Founding Chairman of Procurious
Just to allow the readers to get to know you a little better, name a quote that you live by!
“Know you’re right, rather than hope you’re not wrong”…followed closely by my second favourite quote “Hope is not a strategy”

What is your favourite thing about being involved with the procurement profession?
The breadth, scale and scope of the wide range of business issues we deal with.

In your opinion, what are the top three qualities of a fantastic procurement leader?
Clear vision
Engaging
Builds C-level relationships

The Global Procurement Awards have six different categories – which category are you most excited to judge?
Procurement Professional of the Year, because I am most interested in Leadership in Procurement

What are you looking for when you judge a nominee?
Someone who thinks out of the box and works hard to drive their ideas to reality.

Why do you think people or teams should nominate themselves or others for a Global Procurement Award?
You are the common denominator in your career (another of my favourite quotes).  Nobody will be thinking more about the promotion of your career than you, so put your best foot forward and enter yourself or your team.  Others may not notice your brilliance,or have the time to put you forward.  Make it easy for them to endorse you…..make an entry and then tell them about it!  They will thank you for it!

Jon HansenJon Hansen, Editor & Lead Writer of Procurement Insights
Just to allow the readers to get to know you a little better, name a quote that you live by!
We will seek the truth,  and endure the consequences.

What is your favourite thing about being involved with the procurement profession?
The opportunity to effect change and to be a part of an industry that is on the verge of finally coming into its own.

In your opinion, what are the top three qualities of a fantastic procurement leader?
Courage, Commitment and Perseverance.

The Global Procurement Awards have six different categories – which category are you most excited to judge?
Honestly, all of them.

What are you looking for when you judge a nominee?
Courage, Commitment and Perseverance.

Why do you think people or teams should nominate themselves or others for a Global Procurement Award?
Well, if no one else will . . . but seriously, there is nothing wrong with stepping up provided you have and can walk the talk.

Pete LoughlinPete Loughlin, Managing Director of Purchasing Insight
Just to allow the readers to get to know you a little better, name a quote that you live by!
Ricky Gervais said something like “you know when you’re getting it right when you get hate mail”. What he meant I think is that it’s easy for a performer to be liked – just give people what they want – but to be loved you have to be a bit edgy at the risk of offending a few. So, I like to say it as it is – not to offend or upset but certainly to provoke a reaction. It gets people engaged, And no, I don’t get hate mail.

What is your favourite thing about being involved with the procurement profession?
Favorite thing about procurement? Let’s face it, it’s boring. That’s why this is a great question. Why do I get something out of procurement? Because you can make a difference. Procurement and especially P2P can be quite complex and translating that complexity into something that people can readily understand and but into isn’t easy. But when you get it right, it can be really fun.

In your opinion, what are the top three qualities of a fantastic procurement leader?
Procurement leaders are no different from any other leader. They have to lead in their knowledge and understanding, lead in their integrity, but above all they need to inspire.

The Global Procurement Awards have six different categories – which category are you most excited to judge?
I’m split between Top Team and Operations Optimizer. Collaboration and teamwork is critical and so often not easy but operations too is very challenging to change. These are the two categories that for me highlight the superstars.

What are you looking for when you judge a nominee?
For me, the ideal nominee is genuine. Not some time-served senior person looking for another medal but an inspirational and ambitious person always looking to take things to the next level.

Why do you think people or teams should nominate themselves or others for a Global Procurement Award?
We associate awards with high profile activities all too often. Procurement is often hidden away and awards are a great way to bring back office into the spotlight.

Aman Mann, CEO of Procurify
Just to allow the readers to get to know you a little better, name a quote that you live by!
“Thou shalt not steal thy last donut”. I’m kidding, but seriously, never take the last donut!

What is your favourite thing about being involved with the procurement profession?
The procurement industry as a whole isn’t traditionally known for being the most exciting sector to work in, but it’s definitely changing – people are challenging themselves to find better, faster, and smarter, ways of doing things. This mindset for constant evolvement is definitely my favourite part of being involved with the procurement world. There is so much room for innovation.

In your opinion, what are the top three qualities of a fantastic procurement leader?
Passion, humility, and the desire to constantly find a better way. I think these are so important for any leader, and that’s why they’re at the core of Procurify’s culture.

The Global Procurement Awards have six different categories – which category are you most excited to judge?
That’s really hard to say because they all seem awesome in their own way!

What are you looking for when you judge a nominee?
Personally, I’m looking for someone who isn’t afraid to push the envelope and try new ways of doing things. I think some of the best results stem from the most outlandish ideas, so it would be great to find procurement leaders who found success by thinking outside the box.

Why do you think people or teams should nominate themselves or others for a Global Procurement Award?
Why not? I’m all about celebrating wins, whether big or small, so I think it’s a great idea for everyone who has made an impact in the procurement world to be nominated!

Now that you know a little more about our judges, make sure to get your nominations in before the August 12th deadline and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for updates. We can’t wait to read your entries!

 

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Delaram A. Yazdi

With a passion for everything digital design, Delaram is currently Procurify's Marketing Intern Extraordinaire. When she's not busy avidly knocking off tasks from her To-Do list at work, you can probably find her trying out a new dessert place, or petting her four-legged friend.

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