Guest: Doug Paul, GM Sourcing – Global Operations at GE
The quality and accessibility of master data is a critical but often overlooked pillar of all successful procurement teams. Complex and difficult to master, it’s often left to the side while we pursue “easier” transformation and improvement initiatives. Technology is now opening up a new world of possibilities for converting seemingly disparate data into useable intelligence by taking new approaches – leading to more effective sourcing and category strategies.
I’m joined on the show today to discuss the mastery of your master data by Doug Paul, a GM of Sourcing at General Electric’s Global Operations Group. Doug has responsibility for developing, improving & standardizing shared sourcing processes, operations & tools across all of General Electric. I’ve got to know Doug well over the past 12 months – as you will hear in the interview, he is passionate about the role of procurement, but also the need to continually improve, challenge our assumptions, and to take control of our own destiny.
Towards the end of our discussion, we also try out a new feature – the quickfire round. I’d love to know if you think this should become a regular feature!