Pursuing a Career in Procurement
Sophio Agdgomelashvili, a procurement manager at Liberty Global, provides advice for professionals considering a career in procurement.
The Importance of Strategic Sourcing Methodology
Sophio emphasizes the importance of using strategic sourcing methodology to manage procurement categories. This approach involves analyzing market intelligence and knowledge to understand external forces and market drivers that can impact the category. By taking a visionary approach to category management, procurement managers can achieve outstanding results while saving significant amounts of money.
"I would suggest everyone who is pursuing a career in procurement to follow the same route and take advice and apply this methodology to the categories."
Sophio Agdgomelashvili -
Procurement Manager at Liberty Global
Balancing Compliance and Timely Delivery
The telecom industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving to keep up with technological developments. As a procurement manager in this industry, Sophio faces the challenge of balancing compliance with timely delivery to business stakeholders. This can be difficult when dealing with personal information that is strictly regulated.
"Very often I'm facing this conflict of timelines between processing everything according to rules and delivering the result in a timely manner to my business stakeholders."
Transforming Logistics Management
Sophio's experience in transforming logistics management for purchase goods in Georgia taught her the importance of designing a complex, systematic way of managing logistics. By renegotiating contracts with suppliers, she was able to save her company a significant amount of money. This experience gave her the confidence to pursue her career further on an international scale.
"It helped my company to save a significant amount of money. This result also made me confident about my skills and my vision towards business activities."
Environmental Consciousness in Purchasing Decisions
Sophio encourages consumers to be mindful of their purchases and opt for reusable or recyclable solutions. She also advises paying attention to packaging and opting for sustainable options.
"I would suggest everyone, first of all, to be mindful about purchase itself, whether it is needed or not. Secondly, I would suggest to go and opt for reusable or recyclable solutions. And certainly pay attention on the packaging and always opt for sustainable one."
Procurement offers many interesting opportunities in various categories. By using strategic sourcing methodology, balancing compliance and timely delivery, transforming logistics management, and being environmentally conscious, procurement managers can achieve outstanding results in their roles.
1.Strategic sourcing methodology is essential for managing procurement categories and market intelligence and knowledge is important in managing categories.
2.To be successful in procurement, it is important to be mindful of purchase decisions and opt for reusable or recyclable solutions.
3.Procurement is a complex and interesting field with many opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in it.
Welcome to the aim10x community. Powered by o9. I'm really happy to introduce Sophia, Agdgomelashvili from Liberty Global, one of the world's leaders in video on mobile communications. So, Sophia, a pleasure to have you here today.
Could you please introduce yourself to our members and tell us what you do? Thanks for having me Juan with the pleasure. My name is
Sophia Agdgomelashvili I'm a procurement manager with experience of seven years in international sourcing. I'm active in telecommunications industry, managing at this moment, financial services category, particularly payments, billing and collection services.
I have experience in both direct and indirect procurement across multiple countries and categories. At the moment I'm based in Amsterdam. So this is pretty much everything about my professional route. And I'm happy to be your guest.
One of the reasons that I really was looking forward to interviewing you is that I already seen you've been an expert moving across several industries like construction, health care, chemicals and now telecom. If you were to give some advice to our members, what are some of the transferable skills that you rely on to be successful in your roles? In each
of my assignments, I was using strategic sourcing methodology to manage my categories. And I would suggest everyone who is pursuing career in procurement to follow the same route and take advice and apply methodology to the categories.
Particularly, I would like to emphasize the importance of market intelligence market knowledge when managing the category. Sometimes external forces market drivers have tremendous impact on the category setup. It's also very helpful in the long perspective and give some manager opportunity to have a visionary approach to category management. And I also noticed that you made a career move from Georgia now to the Netherlands.
So could you share with us a profound transformational experience you had in Georgia that encouraged you to make the move to the Netherlands? I started my
procurement career back in Georgia. I was a procurement and logistics manager for construction materials, particularly steel. I was to purchase to all over the world China, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Finland, you name it.
And import purchase goes to Georgia. My during my first year of employment, I had to renegotiate all the contracts with suppliers, particularly the delivery part. This approach helped me to design a complex systematized way of managing logistics for purchase goods. In the end, I had outstanding results.
It helped my company to save a significant amount of money. This result also made me confident about my skills and my vision towards business activities and motivated me to leave the country and pursue my career further in Europe on international scale. One other thing that I would like to ask you. You've moved in different industries throughout your career, and now you land in the telecom industry.
What are some big challenges that you
would like to solve to transform the telecom industry from a procurement perspective? My experience with telecom industry is that this is a technology driven industry. It's extremely a fast paced one. Business needs are changing almost every month to catch up with developments, while on the other hand, we are serving big amount of customers all over the region and we are dealing with lots of personal information about our customers.
And this part of information is strictly regulated and me to be compliant and myself as a procurement manager. Very often I'm facing this conflict of timelines between processing the everything, accounting rules and delivering a results in a timely manner to my business stakeholders. One of the other things that I was really enthusiastic about your profile is that you are also a very advocate, a very big advocate for sustainable causes. So in the telecom industry, how do you think that we as consumers can be more aware of the environmental impact of our purchases?
This is a
very good question. I also think that specific advice can be given based on specific request. However, there are some general rules that apply on purchasing every goods and services. In general, I would suggest everyone, first of all, to be mindful about the purchase itself and whether it is needed or not.
Secondly, I would suggest to go and opt for reusable or recyclable solutions and certainly pay attention on the packaging and always opt for sustainable one. Thank you so much, Sophia, for taking the time to interview with us today. Any last words that you would like to share with our members? Well, I think procurement is a very complex and interesting domain and field.
I would encourage everyone who is considering building up career in procurement to pursue it. So lots of interesting opportunities, lots of categories. And there is always something that you will find interesting based on your profile. Thank you so much, Sophia.
Looking forward to our next interview. And let's stay connected. Yeah, Thanks a lot. Have a lovely day.
Overcome constrained supply with digital operating models
Learn how digital operating models help industrial manufacturers manage supply and demand