Bryan has over twenty five years of supply chain / procurement experience in the automotive, packaging, aerospace, and metals industries. He has rendered millions of dollars of cost savings through category management, strategic sourcing, and lean manufacturing projects. Bryan holds a supply chain management degree from Western Illinois University. He began his supply chain career as a Supply Administration Specialist in the United States Marine Corp.  He is currently transforming indirect procurement at a large, aftermarket automotive company.

How to Achieve CAPEXcellence

Along with corporate services, capital procurement is often the last part of the procurement organization to mature.

It’s an opaque category that doesn’t immediately get attention for a number of reasons. It’s usually non-repeatable spend. It’s often decentralized and managed by folks at the site level. It’s sometimes assumed by management that these folks know this technical category best and meddling in their business will cause problems.

Because it’s often the domain of engineering, procurement must sometimes wedge themselves a seat at the capex table.

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Guest — Karla Ruiz
I have the opportunity to work with Bryan Robinson and he has the ability to think "out of the box" and conceptualize his ideas in... Read More
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Procurement Goals and Objectives for Individual Contributors: You Get What You Measure

This is the last in a series of posts on performance reviews and objective setting for the start of the New Year. Click here to read my recent posts on performance reviews from the manager’s and employee’s perspectives, as well as objective setting for procurement managers.

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Procurement Goals and Objectives

Are you just joining us? We’re working our way through a series of posts on performance reviews and objective setting for the start of the New Year. Click here to read my recent posts on performance reviews from the manager’s and employee’s perspectives.

If your company works on a calendar year financial close schedule, your Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for 2014 is probably well-developed by now. While these AOP objectives will form a large part of your staff’s goals and objectives, a more comprehensive approach is required for achieving great things in 2014.

Developing and effectively communicating goals and objectives to your staff may be the most crucial thing you can do as a manager.  

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Hi Bryan, very nice post. I would be curious on your view on setting bonuses for procurement professionals. We wrote a blog on i... Read More
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Performance Reviews for Individual Contributors in Procurement: Grow, Hold, or Exit

Just joining us? Last week we looked at performance reviews from a procurement manager’s perspective. This week we are looking at the same topic from the perspective of the person being reviewed.

You will likely have a performance review coming early in the New Year. Some people see performance reviews as “facing the music” while others see them as an opportunity to “toot their horn”. For the sake of your own career, I recommend thinking in terms of the latter.        

Review time is an opportunity to display your accomplishments, demonstrate your capabilities, and discuss potential opportunities with your manager.   At a higher level, this is also a good time for introspection to honestly access your future with the organization.  

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Performance Reviews for Procurement Managers

  It’s that time of year. Don’t shrink from the performance review process. It’s a time to reflect on the past year’s results, recognize accomplishments, and reset expectations with your staff fo...
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I am the newly hired employee on the procurement department of the fastest growing company in Ethiopia. it is my first week of s... Read More
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