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There is no one route by which a procurement professional is expected to map out their career. There are a number of specialisms within procurement, numerous routes into the profession and different skills and experience that can be valuable in progressing so the variety of options is almost endless. There are, though, examples of success, which may be of assistance to anyone interested in planning their future procurement career.
The Government Procurement Service has compiled profiles on procurement professionals who have reached a significant point in their career. The aim of these profiles is to try to demonstrate some of the options that can be considered in a procurement career and hopefully to provide inspiration from those who have faced similar challenges before you. Most of all, the profiles demonstrate that a broad range of skills and experience can be of value and that sometimes taking a small challenging step can lead to great progress.
None of the profiles are prescriptive - everyone comes into procurement in a different way. Progress is not about which scheme or recruitment you entered procurement through, as these profiles show - wherever you start from it is possible to find and create opportunities.
Ruth Brutnall - "Fast Track to Success"
Sally Collier - "Inspiring Achievement"
William Jordan - "Delivering Value for Money"
April Kryzaniak - "Continuing Professional Development"
Tim Leaver - "Power of Procurement"
Rachel MacAleese - "Challenge and Change"
Patsy Northern - "Making a Difference"
Fiona Ross - "Setting the Agenda"
Liz Rowland - "Building strong Relationships"
Morag Stuart - "Going for Gold"
David Smith - "Determined to Deliver"
Keith Stewart - "Delivering Expertise"
Ian Taylor - "Encouraging Education"
Additional profiles will be added over the coming months.