an innovative, high-level exposure job within a typical conservative functional organization
Global Procurement Business Analyst (Former Employee), Evansville, IN – July 14, 2014
Pros: high-level exposure, innovative projects, great management
Cons: lack of authority from top management, organization silo effect.
As a procurement business analyst, I reported directly to the CPO(Chief Procurement Officer), the head Global Procurement Department. 50% of my job assignment was to develop innovative analytic tools, such as econometrics model, commodity category deep dives, etc. to support the CPO on strategic decision making. The rest 50% of my work was supporting four category directors, my internal customers, on their daily RFX activities, contract negotiations,etc with data gathering and analysis.
The greatest learning experience was that I have witnessed and participated in the centralization reform of the procurement organization. Working under the CPO, I have also learned his strategic way of thinking, leadership skills, and business insights.
But this learning experience also happened to be the biggest challange though out my job. The resistance of change from all the regional procurement organizations and the Silo between regions have even made simple jobs such as data gathering very difficult sometimes. Essentially, due to the fact that department was relatively new and the lack of authority from the top management, the challenges were faced by every member of the team.
The most enjoyable part was leading innovative projects. Researching and realizing theory that I learned from school was very rewarding.
new people are energetic and dedicated learned to work in disorganized environment learning how marketing research is important difficult to get clear answers (turning in circle) silos are preventing open communication more planning would help reduce urgencies