Being cautious doesn’t mean you’re not ambitious. It’s not always a good idea to throw caution to the procurement wind.
Miguel Caulliez, Chief Procurement Officer at Nokia, explains why it doesn’t always pay to make spur-of-the-moment, opportunistic decisions as far as your career is concerned. We should be cautious and take the time to assess what is right.
Miguel, who has worked for Nokia since 2010, values innovation and diversity in the talent he employs and lauds the benefits of having solid career mentors.
1. What were your first 3 jobs?
- Financial Analyst at Auchan
- Category Manager at GE
- E-Business Leader at GE
2. What’s one thing you know now, that you wish you’d known at the start of your career?
I think it’s important to try to not be too opportunistic. Take the time to be cautious when choosing which industry you want to work in. Changing function is a challenge, but changing industry could be an even bigger, and unwelcome, challenge.
3. What key skills are critical for procurement in the next 5 years?
Procurement pros need to be curious and have a willingness to disrupt. They should also fully understand what innovation means and be able to work innovatively.
4. How valuable have mentors been in your career?
Mentors have been essential throughout my career. I could not and would not have achieved what I have done without, particularly two of, my mentors.
5. What does it take to work at Nokia? What are you looking for when you hire talent?
Opportunities are unlimited at Nokia, so I am always looking for talent who can find their own way and work independently.
I see it as my responsibility to give a framework to my teams, but I very much appreciate the diversity in opinions, backgrounds and methods.
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