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9 MARCH 2020

Theofanis  ZOUMIS

Head of Procurement – Data, Systems, Processes & Compliance (DSPC),Global Process Owner Procurement

3 Questions For Theofanis Zoumis

How to pursue digitalisation projects to achieve operational excellence?

There are different ways how to achieve operational excellence. Digitalisation is one of the means to e.g. increase efficiencies in the organisation. Either C-level management supports digitalisation or a strong business case is needed to convince stakeholders.

What can industry 4.0 do for your business?

Industry 4.0 brings all functions within and outside a company closer together and allows everyone to optimise resource requirements.

Why is it important to invest in new talent and capabilities for the procurement function? How to attract new talent into procurement and retain it?

The traditional procurement will disappear in a few years. Everything from Source-to-Pay can be automated, analytics and innovation will be in focus. Data science will become more and more important; those skills are seldom available in today’s procurement. Future-oriented action is exciting and attracts talent!

27 FEBRUARY 2020


Global Sustainable Procurement Manager
Air Liquide

3 Questions For Shui Mahieu

How to improve sustainability and compliance across your global supply? What is the first thing procurement professionals should have in mind when improving sustainability and compliance across the business?

Air Liquide is a world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and healthcare. The Group strives to lead its industry, deliver long-term performance and contribute to sustainability. Embedded in the Air Liquide Group Procurement Department, the sustainable procurement function translates the regulatory and operational requirements into a Group Procedure, defines and monitors accordingly objectives and KPIs for each major geography and business unit, and ensures the Group Procedure’s deployment with the selected suppliers via a worldwide correspondents network.
First of all, the sustainable procurement is a transversal challenge that needs a full alignment between interacting functions such as Legal, Ethics, Sustainable Development, Operations, Supply Chain, Human Resources, etc. and a comprehensive understanding of the business and geographical specificities.

What is the unique blend of strategies to reduce costs and add value?

With more than 10 years evolution within the Group, a strong willingness from the Management guides the sustainable procurement actions from risk management towards value creation. Take an example of Supplier CSR day in China. In addition to regular online trainings, we consider that the “physical contact” with the suppliers will always bring its value to strengthen the relationship and further sensibilise on sustainable procurement topics. In 2018 & 2019 Air Liquide China has initiated the “Sustainable Supplier Day” in collaboration with EcoVadis, such events contributed to the supplier engagement in the evaluation campaigns as well as the corrective action plans completion. It reduces the distance between Air Liquide buyers and the suppliers who should share and jointly reach the CSR objectives.

Shui joined Air Liquide in 2008 as an international procurement process and performance manager in Air Liquide Healthcare. She moved to Air Liquide Head Office as Global Sustainable Procurement Manager in 2014. Before joining Air Liquide, she was a global e-sourcing project leader in Alcatel-Lucent HQ (Nokia Corporation) for 4 years. Shui animates a working group “Duty of care” with around 20 companies in France. She was born and raised in China, living in France for 16 years, having two masters in Engineering and Business in China and France, Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, trilingual and bicultural. In 2019, the project managed by Shui received three awards: EcoVadis leadership awards, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) leadership awards and Handeco awards.

18 DECEMBER 2019


Director Strategic Market Intelligence And Operations, DSM Procurement Excellence

Questions For Lex Sips

How to pursue digitalisation projects to achieve operational excellence?

Digitalisation is not an objective. It is a “means”. Within DSM, we have defined a maturity road map. A road to achieve higher value from procurement. The utilisation of digital tools will be a key component.

What can industry 4.0 do for your business?

In an environment where changes occur with an increasing frequency and speed, the advantage of being the “first mover” is increasingly important. High digitalisation, robotisation and process alignment will not only make an organisation more efficient but will also allow the purchasing professionals to be more focused on the “external developments”.

Why it is important to invest in new talent and capabilities for the procurement function?

How to attract and retain new talent in procurement?
The role of procurement will continue to evolve. It will move away from the traditional processes such as PtP to strategic supplier management, etc. This requires different skills. Attracting professionals with the right skill set and training them will be the key. We value diverse perspective within DSM.

Lex Sips is currently Director Strategic Market Intelligence and Operations for DSM Procurement Excellence. Previously he has held positions in sales, marketing and in direct and indirect procurement. Over the years he has led the team which implemented various ERP platforms. He pioneered the development and implementation of best practices for supplier management/development, strategic sourcing and agile contracting. Lex holds an engineering degree in Industrial Engineering. He lives in the Netherlands and is married with three daughters.

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