Few major companies can boast such a long and successful history as engineering and technology services giants Siemens.
Founded in 1847, the firm provides innovative solutions to companies in sectors as diverse as energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and healthcare.
Headquartered in Germany, Siemens’ global operations currently stretch over 190 countries and employs more than 400,000 people. In 2012 Siemens saw revenues of over $78 billion. In the UK the company employs over 13,500 people, and the company has a strong manufacturing presence with 13 factories alongside a strong and growing renewable energy presence.
Anna-Marie Heywood is Country IT Commodity Manager for the UK and Ireland branch of Siemens. For Anna-Marie, Procurement Leaders membership gives her and her team access to the research and analysis they need in the formats that suit them.
“It’s not just about having access to information, research and analysis,” says Anna-Marie. “It’s about having that information in the format that’s most convenient and practical for you at any given time in your planning process.
“For example, we frequently draw upon Procurement Leaders’ intelligence reports. The amount of analysis and detail they provide is invaluable. However, it’s also vital to stay up-to-date with the very latest developments and happenings in our field; issues that are so new they have not yet been addressed in extensive long-form reports that are published on a quarterly basis.
“For that we can tap into content from other Procurement Leaders channels such as the webinars and panel discussions.”
Procurement Leaders’ Community & Connect channel presents a monthly programme of content from the world’s foremost CPOs. From blogs to magazine articles to webinars, Procurement Leaders’ members can stay fully informed in the manner most fitting for them.
“It is easy to get bogged down with the day-to-day activity of your role and not stay focused on the bigger picture,” says Anna-Marie. “Tuning in to things like the webinars or panel discussions is a great way of staying informed without having to set aside significant chunks of your working day.
“I believe education is never wasted. What we get from things like the webinars makes us able to influence conversations and drive discussions with our stakeholders; ensuring our procurement strategy always adds value to the business.”