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Frank Godbersen: Headhunter Secrets:

Finding and Nurturing Procurement Talent.

“Unlocking Success in Sustainable Procurement:”

Dear Chief Procurement Officers.

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, sustainable procurement has become more than just a buzzword; it’s a strategic imperative.

In this blog post, I’ll explore how to find, nurture, and leverage top-tier procurement talent to drive sustainable success in your organization.

The Sustainable Procurement Landscape

Sustainable procurement involves not only cost-effective sourcing but also considering environmental, social, and ethical factors.

To excel in this field, it’s crucial for you to have a team of procurement professionals who share your companies vision.

Start by identifying Procurement Talent

  1. Skills Assessment: Begin by assessing the skills required for sustainable procurement. This includes a deep understanding of supply chains, environmental regulations, and ethical sourcing practices.
  • Cultural Fit: Sustainable procurement is as much about values as it is about skills. Look for candidates who align with your company’s sustainability goals and values. Their passion for sustainability should shine through in their personal and professional lives.

Recruitment Strategies

  1. Network Building: You can also attend industry events, join sustainable procurement forums like “@the sustainable procurement pledge” and connect with like-minded professionals.
  • Personalized Approach: Get to know candidates on a deeper level, understanding their aspirations and how they align with your company’s mission.

Nurturing Talent

  1. Continuous Learning: Encourage your team to engage in continuous learning. Provide access to courses, workshops, and resources on sustainable procurement. This not only enhances their skills but also keeps them motivated.
  • Mentorship: As a CPO, your guidance and mentorship can be invaluable. Share your insights on the industry, sustainable practices, and personal development with your team. This fosters a culture of growth within your organization.

Measuring Success

To achieve your goal of making your procurement more sustainable, you need to measure success in sustainable procurement. Key performance indicators (KPIs) could include cost savings through sustainable practices, reduced environmental impact, and positive supplier relationships.


You, as the Chief Procurement Officer have a unique opportunity to shape the future of sustainable procurement.

By identifying, recruiting, and nurturing top-tier procurement talent who share your values and strategies for sustainability, you can drive your company towards your ambitious financial and success goals.

Remember, success in sustainable procurement isn’t just about profits; it’s about leaving a positive impact on the world. With dedication and the right team, you can achieve both financial success and a more sustainable future.

Feel free to let me know if you’d like to explore any specific aspect of this topic further or if you have any questions.

As a strategic Headhunter for procurement Talent and given my personal passion for sustainable procurement, I understand the significance of this approach.

Frank Godbersen