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Procurement staff 'must be receptive to corporate culture'

13 October 2011

Staff in the procurement sector must be appropriately receptive to the culture of the companies they are serving, according to an expert.

Adrian Turner, head of procurement at electronics giant Apple, stated at the recent Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) conference that a firm understanding of how changes to procurement affects the rest of the business is vital.

He said it is essential for purchasing staff to analyse every element of an organisation's structure in order to identify obstacles that may impede the procurement initiatives they wish to implement.

Mr Turner said this may include issues such as the nature of the workplace, the current market and the country in which a business operates, with a failure to do so often causing projects to fail to meet their full value.

"Culture and procurement are uneasy bedfellows, but get it right and it adds value," he said.

This comes after CIPS chief executive David Noble told attendees of the conference that there is currently an increased focus on effective procurement, due to the weakness of present economic conditions.

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