What are you especially interested in?
Ask experienced colleagues and management what concerns them about purchasing in the digital age.
What questions do they have?
What are the topics to which you and your purchasing team can contribute ideas?
Regular exchange makes it easy to keep your finger on the pulse of the company - and to know the strategic goals of the company.
2. Industry knowledge:
Knowledge of the market, developments in the bearing industry and in B2B buying is essential. Even with online trading and digital sales, the following applies more than ever: network with people who can offer you exciting perspectives and insights into the roller bearing market. Social networks such as LinkedIn are a good place to start. Use the key word search for people, articles and events to find exciting contacts and inspiration on current developments in buying and roller bearing trade.
3. technological competence:
The ability to understand and apply different technologies and tools in digital buying is crucial to optimize the buying process. Try new things, be a pioneer in your team! For example, take the opportunity of a Friday Session, a Coffee Presentation 33 or a Workshop to briefly introduce new purchasing tools and trends. It takes people like you to actively shape the future of the roller bearing trade. That way, you and your team are on the pulse of time - and you can inspire the people in your company.
4. data analysis and management:
The ability to collect, analyze and interpret data is crucial for decision making and monitoring trends in digital buying. Good data management is also important to ensure that all important information is available at all times. Interested in data and analytics? All the better. With online courses and tutorials, you can quickly and easily educate yourself on these topics or simply brush up on your knowledge. YouTube & Co are good starting points, online training providers like LinkedIn Learning could also be exciting for you. Just take a look.
5. empathy and negotiation skills:
Good negotiation skills and empathy - the ability to put yourself in the other person's shoes - are equally important in day-to-day dealings within the company and in strategic purchasing projects. This will help you achieve your goals faster, get quality and effective pricing. Talk to colleagues early on when an important purchasing negotiation is coming up - incorporate their ideas and experience.