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In the era of digitization and massive inflows of data, the Procurement function has an opportunity to use the insights provided to advance its strategic contributions in areas beyond the traditional scope of the function, such as supplier-led innovation, customer-centric services and organizational reputation enhancement. Four years into our transformation journey at Johnson & Johnson, we have achieved our initial program goals while building resiliency. We remain focused on our overall company mission, exceptional category management strategies and practices, our promise to separate strategic work from tactical execution and enhancing individual performance through a learning culture. My personal journey of close to 40 years of operations and supply chain management has grounded me in the evolution of the Procurement function from a tactical manufacturing support role into a valued business partner with the ability to combine advanced analytics, external resources and innovation mining to deliver new insights and expanded capabilities to the business. Procurement at Johnson & Johnson has embraced this challenge; what follows is just the first chapter of our story.

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