Are you fit to be CPO?

13 November, 2023

On Wednesday 6th September 2023, we were invited to speak at the CIPS Switzerland Are you fit to be CPO? event in Zurich.

The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) brought together Procurement leaders from across Switzerland to discuss the concept of career progression and how to obtain the role you want in the future.

We were joined at the event by CIPS Switzerland’s Pauline King and Varsha Asarpota, as well as two fantastic speakers:

  • Giuliana Orsini – Chief Procurement Officer at TE Connectivity
  • Jay Han – Previously the Human Resources Business Partner at Deloitte

Speaking on behalf of EMEA Recruitment was Neil Cope, Director of our Procurement & Supply Chain recruitment division in Switzerland, and Charlotte Cruise, Senior Consultant, who specialises in Procurement roles across Switzerland.

Neil and Charlotte presented a summary of the employment market in Switzerland, looking at the type of company currently hiring, the level of seniority most in demand, and the changing skillsets required by our clients.

We also highlighted some key statistics on the current strength of the employment market within Procurement & Supply Chain.

Neil and Charlotte then took delegates through a pared back version of EMEA’s Career Pyramid, which is a tool we use with candidates when providing a bespoke Career Consultation. This gave attendees a basic understanding of typical career progression within Procurement & Supply Chain, highlighting the skills and relationships they might need to become a Chief Procurement Officer.

We are planning a follow-up webinar to this event, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss their own career paths in more detail. If you would like to learn more about this event, please reach out to Neil:

We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with CIPS Switzerland, having sponsored the joint CIPS, CSCMP, and Kanton Zug conference for the past seven years. We are sponsoring the next annual conference on Thursday 26th October 2023.