Interview: Orla Slattery, Procurement Administrator

Why did you choose to work in Procurement?

As a student starting out, I wanted to get into a business with a future. I chose Procurement as it is a rapidly growing area in today’s world. It is an industry where I can grow and learn at a rapid pace in a short amount of time. Being a fresh graduate, I am like a sponge when it comes to knowledge. With Procurement, you collaborate with individuals from various sectors, gaining a wealth of cross-industry experience.  It is an excellent way for me to get as much information as I can while putting my learning into practice.

What do you like about iDDea?

The freedom and challenges that come with the job are surprisingly its greatest perks. It is a ‘thrown into the deep end’ system of working. It is also a system where the greatest rewards are reaped. The team that the company is built on is second-to-none. We are all cogs in the same procurement-driven machine, which wouldn’t run unless we were all part of it working together. The opportunities, responsibilities and knowledge-sharing that come with working with iDDea has proven itself to be the greatest possible start to my Procurement career.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve gotten?

There are a few.

‘Don’t make any career decisions based on money, it is not the be all and end all.’

‘You don’t know what you don’t know until you know’ – given to me by the renowned Caroline Walsh, great advice for anyone starting out and worrying about knowing nothing!

‘Don’t be afraid to broaden your horizons’ – given to me while I was on the search for a job but restricted it to a 15-mile radius of my home in Tipperary. Looked like broadening my horizons to Cork paid off!

What advice would you give to people new to Procurement?

Don’t be afraid to learn and improve your company. Just because you don’t know the meaning of something doesn’t mean it won’t work. Procurement is becoming more important for businesses willing to adapt and change their ways for the betterment of the company.

Don’t be a creature of habit and fall behind, take the plunge, reconsider your strategy, think Procurement practices. Trust me – it’s a great iDDea!!

What do you think are the top qualities necessary for Procurement professionals?

A positive, can-do attitude may be the most important attribute of all since it can’t be taught. Procurement can be tedious but the challenges with it are exciting and the rewards reaped are worth it. Of course, all Procurement professionals need excellent communication skills – it’s essential. They also need to bring a bit of sass and be savvy to negotiations. The biggest learning curve I have dealt with while working with iDDea is the ability to prioritise. Some tasks are more important than others and it is vital that you know which ones are which.



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