The 8 Modules, 31 Focus Points and 5 Collaboration Phases of the SEIC Methodology provide a path to success

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Our Diagnostic Tool provides a gap analysis of SEI capability to support the strategic planning process

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In-depth explorations of the approaches and techniques used by leading organizations in the field of SEI today

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Thought leadership and insightful articles on the most important issues for companies pursuing an SEI agenda

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Insight calls are available to join for all members of the SEIC and will be addressing a number of topics

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Useful downloads, from unique research to practical templates, frameworks and tools being used by SEI leaders

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The 11 modules of the SEI methodology focus on the key processes that enable the successful rollout of SEI

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Our Capabilities Assessment tools provide the means for organizations to gain insight into their own SEI approach

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In-depth explorations of the approaches and techniques used by leading organizations in the field of SEI today

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Thought leadership and insightful articles on the most important issues for companies pursuing an SEI agenda

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Useful downloads, from unique research to practical templates, frameworks and tools being used by SEI leaders

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Building an SEI professional job role

What do you get when you ask a group of execs to ideate through what an SEI professional might look like? A lot of insight, and a fascinating job role...

The winning team

 

An in-depth workshop, facilitated by the Supplier-Enabled Innovation Center (SEIC) at the World Procurement Congress in May, offered an opportunity for those involved to dig deep into the challenges faced by those looking to improve their capabilities in the area of Supplier-Enabled Innovation (SEI).

 

Using a design-thinking approach, the three groups spent time exploring inhibitors, developing solutions and, finally, working on a pitch for how the best of these solutions might be presented in order to gain greater support from key stakeholders.

 

This is a useful skill and framework to put to use, as it helps those who take part to build on the ideas of others, to collaborate effectively, and to extract and explore the thinking and experience of myriad stakeholders.

 

We focused on skills, stakeholders and suppliers – three of the foundation stones of any successful SEI program, with the winning pitch belonging to the team that focused on skills.

 

Here’s just a few of the takeaways from how that team developed out a job role for an SEI Manager, a role they later defined as an Innovation Accelerator.

  • The successful candidate will have a specific focus on SEI, and be charged with understanding intimately the needs of the business.
  • They will think across silos, and be cross-functional in their approach – perhaps having deliverables into multiple stakeholders.
  • They must be credible in front of internal stakeholders, possess bundles of energy and see it as their responsibility to motivate the business to harness supplier innovation.

In terms of competences, the individual will:

  • Possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and be a natural networker.
  • On top of this, they will be analytical, intensely curious yet at the same time be able to deal with significant amounts of ambiguity.
  • They will be politically savvy, possess a great deal of business acumen to the extent that they exhibit the characteristics of an entrepreneur.
  • And if that wasn’t enough, they will also be a subject-matter expert – a point linked inextricably to the point about credibility.

So, what does their typical week look like:

  • Essentially, a lot of interactions and conversations, lots of travel and an 80:20 split in favour of the time spent with suppliers versus the organisation.
  • They will have regular exposure to the leadership team – given the strategic nature of the role.

A couple of things of note here – the power of bringing together a diverse mix of stakeholders to explore and workshop difficult concepts was clearly evident, with some great output being generated.

 

Second, if the above sounds like you – the future’s bright.

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