|In the current business environment where agility is a necessity, and many traditional opportunities for competitive advantage have disappeared, organisations are expecting more from their Contract and Procurement teams than ever before. In order to meet the challenges presented by this dynamic business environment, Contract and Procurement professionals must rapidly evolve their skill-sets, pursue a renewed focus on performance and value creation and have a firm grasp on what it means to be a true business partner. Leadership skills are pivotal in making this transformation a reality.
Professionals from highly technical backgrounds like Contracts, Supply Management and Procurement Specialists usually advance in their careers on the merits of their specialised knowledge and skills. Contract and Procurement professionals who are transitioning, require strong business acumen that integrates traditional principles of Contracts and Procurement management with robust tools and analytical techniques. People management and leadership is often not on the radar or even a consideration early in their career. High potential Contract and Procurement professionals will exhibit a unique combination of hard and soft skills which extend beyond the traditional boundaries of the Contract and Procurement skill-set.
Contract and Procurement leaders must possess the ability to drive strategic change, communicate and influence at a top level and inspire transformation across the enterprise – from the shop floor to the boardroom. In order to progress and break through to the next level, Contract and Procurement professionals need shift their focus to ensure leadership and people management skills are on their development radar. Refining these skills will ultimately increase the opportunities to acquire higher level roles.
Based on extensive experience, this ground-breaking program will enhance the leadership and strategic capabilities of participants in making the transition from technical specialist to a leader in Contracts and Procurement . This course has been designed to support participants through discovery of how to do more with less, explore the theory of working smarter and not harder, and ultimately how to become transformational leaders who can position Contracts and Procurement to effectively partner with the business to unlock value and enhance business performance. Participants will come to understand the attributes of transformational leaders, how to overcome common causes of leadership failure, gain mechanisms for leading under pressure and learn high-level communication skills to assist in managing change and dealing with difficult situations and people. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other emerging leaders and take away the tools required to enhance effectiveness and impact as a key decision-maker and agent of change.