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030 Career100-Becoming a Procurement Agent- An Interview with Barbara Espinal

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There are so many common misconceptions about the Procurement department in companies today. In this edition of the Career 100 podcast, Felicia Gopaul interviews Barbara Espinal, a procurement specialist who will shed some light on the importance of the procurement department. In this podcast, she will share everything there is to know about being a Procurement specialist and why this career belongs to the Top 100.

Barbara holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from St. Peter’s College. She completed her Certificate Public Purchasing I (CPPI) certification from the University of Rutgers, and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM). She is currently a Category Manager at one of the top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies in New Jersey. She is part of the Strategic Sourcing & Demand Management organization supporting Environmental Health & Safety and Site Management. In her role, Barbara is responsible for procuring Remediation Services, Site Management Services, Non- Research Capital Equipment and Energy and Utility Services for the New Jersey Head Headquarters. Barbara joined the pharmaceutical company in 2004 as a Sourcing Manager supporting Research and Development responsible for procuring Research Capital Equipment and Services. In 2006 she transitioned to support areas within Commercial Operations.

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Listen to what is in store for you in this edition of the Career 100 Podcast. Gather valuable information and learn more about:

– Types of procurement agent and the roles they play in company operations
– Problems that procurement agents address and the different clients they face
– Career path if one wants to become a procurement specialist
– Common Misconceptions in the procurement field
– Why this career belongs to the Top 100 of the decade.

Most, if not all, are getting more expensive by the minute. Companies now would want someone to think out of the box and take charge of procuring things that are of the best value, for the best dollar. If you are a strong willed person, and someone who has great negotiating skills, then this could be the career for you. Don’t miss this edition of the Career 100 Podcast.

To get additional information on Barbara Espinal, click on her LinkedIn page to get in contact with her. There you can also see her other affiliated organizations as well.

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