Hosts: Rodney Apple and Chris Gaffney
In This Episode:
We speak with Martha Buffington, a Chief Procurement Officer who talks with us about how an interest in working internationally turned into a great supply chain career in sourcing, including overseas assignments. She shares her thoughts about how first-hand experience in multiple restructurings and transformations has influenced how she and her team rolls them out. She provides advice about how you establish your brand and build up trust through your relationships. Martha emphasizes the value of working across a variety of areas of supply chain for those who want to move up to executive roles. She provides an overview of the three phases of your career, and advice for those who are moving up from managing others to leading others. Martha closes with recommended resources for women in supply chain.
Who is Martha Buffington?
Martha Buffington is Chief Procurement Officer of SC Johnson. Martha was also Chief Procurement Officer of Royal DSM, where she lived in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Before DSM, she had a 21-year career at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. She was Chief Procurement Officer of a $4 billion division of the company and previously was VP Indirect Procurement and Center of Excellence. As divisional CPO, she was a board member and governance chair for the Cross-Enterprise Procurement Group, which is the Coca-Cola system’s procurement consortium. Her career has included leadership roles and experience across a broad range of supply chain and procurement functions. Martha is an active mentor and supporter of women in business. She was an executive sponsor and board member of the women’s employee resource groups (ERGs) at Royal DSM and The Coca-Cola Company. She has an MBA from Emory University and a BS in International Relations from Georgetown University.