To gain further insight into JDP and our team we are publishing our 'Interview with...' series over the coming months. We are starting with Jenny Powell, JDP Founder and Managing Director;
Jenny is a highly experienced, MCIPS and Prince2 qualified Commercial Director, having reached board level in-house Jenny setup JDP in 2008, creating a business that has delivered procurement excellence consistently for a growing base of clients.
Getting into Procurement;
I started as a graduate Buyer at Kodak, supporting in direct and indirect procurement activities, starting with the basics of how to make a difference at ground level and the potential impact of procurement.
My career developed through multiple sectors and various roles eventually taking global accountability for key categories across group companies. My skills and knowledge have developed into wider business transformation encompassing strategic and operational procurement, supply chain and outsourcing expertise.
I enjoy driving the agenda for continued board level recognition of procurement, the unique position we have to influence all aspects of business is exceptionally rewarding.
I enjoy delivering tangible results, measuring my worth to a company and the ability to drive change and transform.
The opportunity to travel so extensively for work, taking me all over the world and adapting business practices to suit global cultures.
In terms of delivery it’s usually the most challenging of projects that on reflection are the most rewarding upon successful completion, delivering the largest legal sector outsource at the time, covering end-to-end IT services from Infrastructure to Helpdesk was one such project. Managing both the commercial aspects as well as change management and overseeing project implementation was a complex job but a fantastic learning experience with exceptional results.
Relaxation and Spare Time;
I love netball and am currently working towards my level 1 coaching qualification. It’s the fast pace, team effort and competitive nature that I really enjoy.
My passion for travel continues away from work with a healthy mix of relaxation holidays absorbing beautiful scenery, to holidays exploring cities and gaining wonderful insights into different cultures.
Although I never expected it to be the case as I started on my journey with JDP, I continue to enjoy networking, meeting people with such a variety of backgrounds, approaches and business styles has always fascinated me.
I will continue to build on the success of JDP to date. Strengthening our service offering and taking our services to wider markets while maintaining our ethos, service excellence and flexibility as we grow and evolve is a continuing challenge.
I believe Procurement is evolving at a fast pace, increasing numbers of procurement professionals are becoming influencers and increasingly decision makers, driving the agenda for change as opposed to reacting to it.