The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World

The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World

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By (author) Christian Schuh, By (author) Michael F. Strohmer, By (author) Stephen Easton, By (author) Armin Scharlach, By (author) Peter Scharbert

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  • Publisher: aPress
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 19 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkley
  • ISBN 10: 1430249625
  • ISBN 13: 9781430249627
  • Edition statement: 2012.
  • Illustrations note: biography
  • Sales rank: 286,147

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In the novel The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World, we meet Thomas Sutter, a German-American living in Dusseldorf and working as a procurement manager for a major global automobile manufacturer, Autowerke. On a chance encounter while flying to Chicago, he meets the CEO of Heartland, a major food company in the U.S. Sutter impresses the CEO with his knowledge and, after a whirlwind courtship, he joins Heartland as its new Chief Procurement Officer, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Hired to transform procurement at Heartland, Sutter has an enormous challenge: to bring its procurement practices into the 21st century and save the company $5 billion. Despite the knowledge and experience he gained at Autowerke, Sutter fights over the next 18 months to find his place at Heartland, institute world-class procurement models and methods, win over the procurement teams and senior executives, and meet his goal. At first, his reputation--and his marriage--suffer, along with the company's overall sales and revenue. Can he pull a rabbit out of the hat? The CPO: Transforming Procurement depicts the real-life challenges of transforming procurement, while demonstrating the benefits of innovative procurement and leadership methods. Written by global thought leaders in A.T. Kearney's procurement and supply management practice--consultants who have helped numerous companies chop billions of dollars in costs out of their procurement budgets--The CPO will prove invaluable for those in purchasing and procurement. It will also present essential information to those in the C suite looking for ways to boost profits and productivity. The CPO: * Portrays best-in-class, real-life, actionable methods to turn procurement into a function that can save billions and improve the bottom line. * Provides a fun way to learn essential lessons in procurement and change management. * Shows how rejecting victimhood in all its aspects leads to personal and business success. * Presents lessons in novel format--like The Goal, Who Moved My Cheese, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and others--to engage you and show techniques in action.

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Author information

Christian Schuh is the leader of A.T. Kearney's Supply Management Practice in EMEA and is based in Vienna, Austria. He joined A.T. Kearney 17 years ago and has since then led multiple projects for clients in the automotive, construction equipment, defense, high tech, packaging, and steel industry in Austria, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, Ukraine, and the USA. His areas of expertise include strategic sourcing, high-end R&D, and organization. He is the author of various books (most notably The Purchasing Chessboard), monographs, and articles. Before he joined A.T. Kearney, he worked several years for Unilever. Schuh studied aeronautical engineering at TU Graz (Austria) and holds a doctorate in business administration. He lives in the historic city center of Vienna.

Table of contents

44 chapters--titles to come.