Great procurement professionals are not born, they are bred and SIG is helping to produce truly great procurement professionals.
I was recently approached by a member who said they had to forgo rejoining SIG this year because they had no membership budget for 2014-2015. I was surprised to hear SIG described as merely a membership organization versus an organization for training and networking. Once I explained all the various ways that SIG offers training opportunities, including custom training, online resources, webinars and town halls, not to mention the regional events and global Summits, they realized we belonged in their training bucket not their membership bucket and found the funding to remain an active member.
I guess the reason I am writing this is to make sure everyone understands more about what SIG is and what it isnï¿½t. We are an ever-changing fresh, innovative organization, not a club. We host our live events for senior executives and their direct reports, and produce hundreds of training sessions per year in a virtual environment. About three years ago our membership asked for more training, so now we offer up to 100 webinars per year, and have nearly 300 recorded webinars in our archives. We also provide live and online custom training along with certification of completion for anyone that needs to document their progress. We work with our Provider members to develop SIG specific one hour training in subjects as diverse as How to Build a Cost Model to Performance Metrics to Negotiation Tactics to Lean Manufacturing and everything in between. We teach on diversity and have been certifying suppliers for years through Womenï¿½s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Strategic sourcing and outsourcing may be the cornerstones for SIG, but there isnï¿½t a topic related to our industry that we wouldnï¿½t embrace and develop training for if our members needed it. We also customize our toolkits for a particular industry as needed and work with CPOs to customize training to their specific needs.
So when you think of SIG you need to think of us from the perspective of your entire company. If you are the executive, think of the networking, best practice sharing and relationship building our Summits offer. For your staff, consider all the ways they can develop as procurement professionals by attending our live and online events and accessing our vast online tools, technologies and resources available to them. For that matter, if you have staff you think would benefit from presenting, why not offer them a chance to lead some training for other SIG members?
The world of sourcing and outsourcing is changing rapidly. With new challenges and issues in talent management, big data and even social media, this is no time to maintain the status quo. Keep SIG at the top of your mind as you think of developing your team and yourself. And on that note, I am off to develop a customized training class for another SIG member!