DuPont is a world-class science and engineering company with a proud history spanning over 200 years. The company’s mission is to protect the planet and the environment for future generations by decreasing dependency on fossil fuels and helping to ensure the world can provide food for an ever expanding population.
Operating in over 90 countries, DuPont serving markets as diverse as agriculture, nutrition, electronics and communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.
To help with the strategic planning of DuPont’s procurement function, Raymond Palmen, Regional Corporate Director Procurement, Sourcing & Logistics, believes it is vital to have access to the very latest intelligence and analysis.
“Procurement Leaders is the first port of call for me and my team when we are looking for information and inspiration,” reveals Raymond. “It’s very important to look at what the global procurement community is doing. You need to look outside your company, whether by reading research reports or getting out there and meeting others and exchanging ideas.”
Raymond is a regular attendee of Procurement Leaders events and a keen advocate of its ability to connect members across the globe through its events and networking communities.
“Outside opinion is of huge value,” says Raymond. “You have to go out and meet people and constantly ask what you can learn from others. It’s good to understand what they do and why they do it.
“Procurement Leaders allows you to measure yourself against other companies and be more strategic in your thinking. I always come away from a Procurement Leaders’ event with new ideas that I can apply to my work. It’s this kind of inspiration that gives membership of Procurement Leaders so much value.”
As well as plugging into the intelligence resources and networking opportunities, Raymond places great emphasis on the customer service provided by Procurement Leaders to its members.
“The personal touch from Procurement Leaders is a big factor for me,” says Raymond. “For example, I was very interested in the findings of a report by Tom Seal, Head of Research at Procurement Leaders. Through my membership I was able to get direct access to Tom and strike up a dialogue and get even deeper insights into the topic. It was hugely beneficial.”
“The value Procurement Leaders place on interacting with members is second to none. Someone is always available to help me out if needed.”