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December 1, 2023

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.

The Takeaways

  • 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.

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