Summer, March 2015

CPOs initiate media education program 

The creation of a Strategy Council to proactively raise the profile of procurement across government, business and higher-education sectors was agreed to by members of The Faculty CPO Roundtable this month.

Designed to amplify the collective views of The Faculty CPO Roundtable, the new thought leadership project aims to target key influencers to educate media on the strategic nature of procurement. 

“Outside of the profession, very little known about the procurement”, says The Faculty’s Networks Director, Max Goonan.

“The creation of this new leadership group is very timely given growing mainstream media attention on recent failures in the supply chain like the Nanna’s berry debacle,’ he adds. 

The new representative think tank, co-ordinated by The Faculty Roundtable, aims to fill the knowledge gap among mainstream media and other groups as to the strategic role that procurement plays as trusted advisers to business and government. The ability to better define the role of procurement alongside the need to attract talent within the industry was another key point of discussion by Roundtable members this month.

Representing the collective views of CPO’s from thirty blue chip companies, the Strategy Council will begin as a national working group of seven Roundtable Members to identify key priorities and audiences, document position papers and carry out initial media briefings.  

The Strategy Council’s charter was discussed at a series of Roundtable CPO Meetings across Australia and three key audiences identified: media, professional associations and other likeminded or aligned groups to the procurement profession.

To learn more about The Roundtable and Strategy Council, contact Networks Director, Max Goonan via email: