CPO Club: skill building and training buyers

By 29 March 2017December 17th, 2018No Comments

On Monday evening, TOLSON hosted its monthly CPO Club at the beautiful Châteauform venue in the 7th arrondissement.
The topic of conversation was skill-building and training buyers. Here are some takeaways after an enriching roundtable discussion:
1. The content of training courses is aligned with same needs for all participants, more or less

  • Specific purchasing training in order to improve procurement practices
  • Induction of a manager, especially when the manager is coming from another department other than procurement
  • General personal development courses organized at the company level
  • Company-specific training to understand company culture

2. As for the method, things depend strongly on the nature of the training and the company

  • e-Learning is growing in popularity but in person training is still essential for certain types of courses and to create a sense of community

3. One point strongly emerges: integrating training into daily life

  • Mentorship, feedback, concrete case studies, coaching by external actors on specific categories: the goal is to become a learning company

4. The cost of training is poorly understood and the return on investment is difficult to assess

  • Best method: evaluation by the employee AND his manager


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