Defining The Role “Head of Supplier Management” For Your Company

Author: Alan Day, Chairman and Founder


Defining The Role “Head of Supplier Management” For Your Company

In almost 20 years helping clients to make Supplier Management successful, we have learnt that it is crucial to get the right person for the head of Supplier Management role, but not only this, equally important is making sure you have set them up for success. Too often we have seen heads of Supplier Management appointed because they have done a good job managing one or two large complex relationships or been good at managing procurement systems and processes so it would seem a good fit to expand their role. In our experience, to make Supplier Management work in an organisation, it needs to be supported by a business change programme which is led by procurement but is not a procurement change programme. So how do you establish the role and the programme for a successful outcome?


There are three areas that we recommend getting right:

1) The role description

2) The focus of the role

3) Defining success criteria and metrics




Upcoming Webinars

We will also host a webinar about this topic on the 4th and 5th of June. Learn in 30min how to set up your new ‘Head of Supplier Management’ for success. What should be in the job description, what needs to be the focus of the role and how can you define success metrics? The tips in this webinar will help you find the right person for the job, or identify the skills needed to fill the role. There will be time for questions during the 15min Q&A session.


EMEA: Wed, Jun 5, 2024, 10:00am - 10:45am BST  

APAC: Wed, Jun 5, 2024, 8:00am - 8:45am AEDT  

NA: Tue, Jun 4, 2024, 5:00pm - 5:45pm CDT