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A Purchasing Officer

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

Meet Lorraina Littlewood, a Purchasing Officer at Kier Group.

1. Why did you choose this career path?

I happily fell into my career path 15 years ago, it was not something that I was expecting to stay with, but after seeing what I liked and progression, I am still here enjoying every aspect. I am lucky that every day is different and that is what I thrive on.

2. What did you study in school/university?

I went to college and studied Health and Social care with the view of becoming a counsellor. Being a person who has no formal higher academic qualifications, but years of professional experience, it has become my mission to help businesses break away from the norm and encourage non-academics into leadership roles.

3. What certifications are associated with your career?

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply. The programme consists of 1,200 learning hours (equivalent to 120 Masters' level credits), and requires a high level of personal investment, commitment and drive to succeed.

4. What do you love most about your job?

I always joke that I get to buy something every day, but what I really enjoy is knowing that whatever materials I am procuring, are making someone else’s job easier and helping them to achieve their goals and targets.

5. What do you dislike about your job?

Auditing/processes and procedures are something that I am working on.

6. What advice do you have for someone looking to pursue this career path?

Talk to everyone. People will share their knowledge with you if you ask and I believe this is how you learn. Share your viewpoint and always be willing to challenge 😊

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