He: “Hey I just went out on my first date with Jenny on the third floor!”
Me: “Isn’t she the one Procurement? How did that go?? Stereotypically boring, I bet!”
He: “Dude. On the contrary, I have never had a better time in my life.”
Me: “WTF? Really?”
He: “Let me explain…”
She was WISE with money
“How about we order a bottle of champagne, Jenny?”
“Hmm … sure, I have the best champagne from Paris for exactly this occasion!”
Procurement professionals are sagaciously cost conscious. It’s in their DNA. At the first suggestion of “splashing out” with an expensive purchase, Jenny is looking at cost benefit analysis. She has planned months in advance and has sourced the best for less at the Christmas sale. She even bought that expensive French wine when she visited the winery in Napa! Esp for such an occasion…. She will never disappoint!
She was different!
“So … what have you got planned after the meal?”
“Well, Jenny – I thought we’d catch a movie.”
“Hmmm … Lets walk to the movies.”
[Two minutes later …]
“Ooh look! Ballet… wanna try? If we don’t like it we can leave.”
Here’s the thing about procurement professionals. They thrive on negotiation. You are always right, but you will land up seeing things their way till it becomes your way! Win- Win! She has promised to catch Die Hard-4 next weekend! Apparently, she has discounted tickets for the opening! And I get another date!
She kept her word
“Hi Simon, Thanks for coming with me to the Ballet! Remember our date to the movies on Saturday? I’ll be ready at 7! ”
“Sure! See you then!”
Procurement and supply management experts know their way around a contract. They also have a laser-vision focus on ensuring every benefit listed in the contract is realised. She knows to get maximum benefit from the contract, she must keep an eye on managing it effectively to get the best value. She knows it’s a two-way process – where you give some to get what you signed up for! She will make sure, you get what you deserve and she gets what she wants!
She was full of surprises
“The movie was great Jenny! Would you like to go out again next week?”
“Sure! Why don’t you come over and I will cook you a meal?I”
“Sounds like a plan, Jen! I’ll see you Saturday!”
Procurement professionals are tasked with driving innovation in the supply base. This means that even when her suppliers are delivering in-full and on-time, Jenny is constantly looking for innovative ways to work smart and not hard! To her word, she had the loveliest meal ready, with lobsters and steak. Obviously, while I was busy talking, she was measuring me up, for she had stacked the house with my favourite beer and we had the choicest wine with dinner. She had mindfully rented a comedy action movie which we could both enjoy and when I left, she handed me a bag of things I loved and had mentioned in passing. Nothing misses a Procurement Professional! No emotional banter! We spoke about politics, religion, sport, cooking and finances! Not a dull moment! It was like the most interesting chat with the most beautiful guy!
Are you the lucky guy who is married to a procurement professional? Or are you dating (You lucky bastard!) one?