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2010-05-24 15:09:07 GMT 2010-05-25 10:00:00 (GMT -06:00) Central Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Welcome to *****!! *************************************. You’ve come to the right place to learn how to submit your story to the 2010 ***** Challenge.
Let’s take a look at where you should begin. First, you need to determine how you will tell your story. You have three options. 1. Words. You can submit a written report or a PowerPoint presentation. 2. Pictures. You can submit a storyboard on a display with photographs, charts, and graphs. Keep in mind that this will need to be sent into the Chicago office for judging, but don’t let that deter you from using this submission method. And 3. Video. You can submit a videotaped presentation of yourself and/or your team members explaining what happened in your situation or by providing a “show-and-tell.” Whichever presentation method you choose, plan to tell your story in 15 minutes or less!
The purpose of this Challenge is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate how well you’ve assumed your responsibility as a Smurfit-Stone Procurement Professional. You might describe how you have actively participated in our supply chain as the first link to help deliver a sustainable, quantifiable, competitive advantage for Smurfit-Stone while concentrating expertise and ensuring our internal clients receive quality supply. You might describe how you have leveraged Smurfit-Stone’s purchasing power or fulfilled the company’s requirements for materials, goods and services delivered in full and on time. You might choose to explain how you have contributed to the company’s growth and profitability, while seeking continuous improvement of supplier-provided benefits. As an example, you might include a discussion on lead-time reduction or flexibility in supplies etc. And don’t forget, you can describe how you have developed a supplier relationship, which emphasizes value and perhaps has surpassed the traditional notion of price. Can you talk about how you’ve created value beyond price? Have you achieved results by fostering competition among suppliers? You might have a story to tell about how you’ve continually monitored the performance, reliability and viability of suppliers. As you can see, you have many areas that are good topics for your submission to the 2010 ***** Challenge!
Let’s take a minute and talk about the role you play as a Smurfit-Stone Procurement Professional. You can achieve results in a variety of scenarios. Often you work as an individual on activities. Some efforts require that you work as a department team member. And very often, you are called upon to assume the role of a member on a cross-functional or cross-divisional team. You can select which project you worked on that you are especially proud of to submit for this Challenge.
Once you’ve selected your topic and determined your presentation method, you’re ready to submit your story. Remember, each of the five sections is worth 20 points or 100 points in total. A Chicago Team will determine the winners.
All right! Here we go. You are now ready to roll up your sleeves ad start your submission. Here is what you need to do:
Step 1 – Identify your ***** Challenge winner category.
Step 2 – Describe your situation.
Step 3 – Describe your opportunity.
Step 4 – Explain your plan of action.
Step 5 – Describe the situation now.
Don’t forget, you will address each of these areas while planning to tell your story in 15 minutes or less! Now, let’s look at each step a little closer.
Step 1 requires that you identify your ***** Challenge Winner Category. Which of these four do you fit into? All *****2010 Corporate Team Award, Super STAR 2010 Corporate Individual Award, Rising *****2010 Plant Team Award, or the Shining **** 2010 Plant Individual Award. Have you accomplished results working alone or on a team? Does your story relate to a corporate result or a plant result? It’s easy to find the category that fits.
Step 2 requires that you describe your situation. What does this mean? Describe the situation you were in before you identified an opportunity for improvement. How did you know this situation needed improvement? And finally, what was the timeframe? As an example, did your discovery occur in the first quarter? Or January 2010? Be sure to state the timeframe.
In Step 3, you’ll describe the opportunity you identified. Exactly how did you identify this opportunity? Over what timeframe did it take for you to identify this opportunity? Here’s an example, you might say that we knew we had a situation in January and, after interviews, data collection and analysis, by March, we finally had a grasp on what we needed to improve.
In Step 4, you’ll explain your plan of action. What did you do to solve this problem? What did you do to overcome an obstacle? What did you do to take appropriate action? In this section, you might list what you did and when you did it. As an example, week one you called a team meeting, week 2 you collected data, week 3 you analyzed data, week 4 you presented data, etc.
And finally, in Step 5, you’ll describe the situation you have now. What is your situation now? Who benefits from your improvement? Why do the people/groups benefit from your improvement? Please remember to include dates and financials. As an example, what were your immediate cost savings and what future cost savings do you expect to realize and in what time frame?
Remember, we are looking for ways that you have been able to drive sustainable savings: with effective use of procurement intelligence, through continuous measurement of performance and contract compliance, by designing efficient and effective procurement processes, and by developing leading edge capabilities.
We’re looking forward to your 2010 Challenge submission. Take this opportunity to share what you’ve done to achieve results. Corporate Procurement works cross-functionally to maximize our sourcing effectiveness and deliver results. As a Procurement Professional with Smurfit-Stone, you have responsibilities that result in stories and successes you can share. Let’s review again where your stories might come from:
1. Your active participation in our supply chain as the first link to help deliver a sustainable, quantifiable, competitive advantage while concentrating expertise and ensuring internal clients receive quality supply
2. How you’ve leveraged Smurfit-Stone’s purchasing power
3. How you’ve been able to fulfill the company’s requirements for materials, goods and services delivered in full and on time
4. Ways you contributed to the company’s growth and profitability, while seeking continuous improvement of supplier-provided benefits; as an example, lead-time reduction or flexibility in supplies
5. What you’ve done to develop supplier relationships, which emphasize value and thereby surpass the traditional notion of price. In other words – what you have done to create value beyond price?
6. How you have been able to foster competition among suppliers while supporting our diversity and sustainability initiatives
7. What you have done to continually monitor the performance, reliability and viability of suppliers
We’re excited to hear your story! Enjoy the submission process, and remember whichever presentation method you choose, we’re only expecting for you to tell your story in 15 minutes or less! Good Luck!
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