Fernando Martin del Campo, Chief Procurement Officer Latin America at Kellogg Company, explains how Procurement Leaders’ Mini MBA equipped him with the tools needed to deliver the best service and value equation for his organisation.
Procurement Leaders’ Mini MBA alumni, Fernando Martin del Campo, CPO for Latin America at Kellogg Company, shares his experience of the course, the benefits he has reaped from taking part and the international network of professionals it has opened up to him.
“It really is a robust programme that enables you to start thinking about the future of the procurement function,” says Fernando. “One of the areas that attracted me most to the Mini MBA for Procurement was the calibre of those presenting and driving the course.
“Looking at the teachers and facilitators I saw they had outstanding résumés and vast experience from an array of different industries. They also brought unique – and highly valuable - approaches to procurement. They weren’t coming from one set angle that was purely theoretical, they were people who have made a huge difference to the procurement function and have so much to pass on to others.”
The Mini MBA has been developed from in-depth research drawn from Procurement Leaders’ rich global network to ensure participants build the competencies that will enhance the value proposition of procurement within their organisation. Fernando has no doubt about the impact his Mini MBA experience has had on his approach to procurement and his ability to adapt to recent developments in the function with strategies learned on the course.
“This past year has seen many changes both in procurement and in my organisation,” says Fernando. “The Mini MBA really helped me make sense of the processes and key transformations we’ve been experiencing. It isn’t just about boosting your résumé, as some standard MBAs do, it genuinely helps drive a change in mindset that helps you perform your role better.”
Procurement Leaders’ Mini MBA places an emphasis on providing practical examples that can be put into immediate use in a participant’s professional career.
“The final module of the course, entitled ‘Call to Action’, was the highlight for me,” says Fernando. “It helps you set the right approach for strategy and equips you with the conflict mining tools you need to deliver the best service and value equation for your business. It’s an amazing tool and so easy to use. I’ve put it into practice in my current role and it has been a massive help both within the function and with key stakeholders.”
As well as developing management and strategic skills, Fernando also found the Mini MBA helped boost his professional network. Procurement Leaders run Mini MBAs courses in London, Miami and Boston and its participants come from all over the world to attend. All attendees become members of the Procurement Leaders Mini MBA Alumni Network for continuous networking and development of strategies taught on the course.
“I’m still in touch with several people from the course,” says Fernando. “They come from different countries and completely different sectors so it helps give you a view into the global nature of the procurement function. Having people from North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America in the same room is invaluable and being able to share and swap ideas directly with them makes the programme unique.”
With such a positive experience from the programme it comes as no surprise that Fernando is a keen advocate of others in his organisation attending the Mini MBA.
“I certainly have no hesitation in recommending this course,” says Fernando. “People in senior management positions can only benefit from attending which, in turn, can only add value to their company.”
To find out how the Mini MBA for Procurement can support your high-potential team members become strategic business thinkers and influencers, please speak with our academy advisor Chris Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.procurementleaders.com/academy.