Some timeless attributes of industry professionals such as Sourcing Managers include:
- Be proactive and prepared
- Stay calm under pressure
- Go the extra mile
- ”Dress the part”…
…Yes, in our world it is important to project a crisp, professional image. However, when you conduct business from home and your image to the outside world is literally chest high, some options emerge that were not previously available.
Our procurement in China use Wechat platform for fast and direct communication with stakeholders and colleagues.
On the left we see an ad hoc task force working chat group of Procurement, Supply Chain and Sales set up for production related topics during pandemic. A lot of such group chats were set up during pandemic for effective communication. It could also include R&D,suppliers, marketing,etc...as needed ! Raw material procurement team also discuss and share insights on business news and market on Wechat group quite often..
Year-end Sprint aka Negotiation Marathon:
End of the year Andreas has to fix not only prices and volumes in contracts but also develop strategies for sourcing of bio based propylene and propene.
On the left picture: Julia, Senior Sustainability Manager at Evonik and Andreas, Director Base Petrochemical Sourcing Manager are discussing Business Line requirements for bio based products.
On the right, you see Andreas right before a real life sprint: After hard negotiations and for his work-life-balance Andreas likes to run. This helps him to generate new ideas and review his negotiation day.