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Karen Mansell

Karen Mansell has held  the dual role of Head of Corporate Procurement and Business Process Outsourcing at AstraZeneca since joining the organisation in July 2008. Her task is to develop an intelligent sourcing strategy, leveraging the corporation’s inhouse expertise while at the same time optimising the sourcing process from an operational and process-driven standpoint.

Karen Mansell started her career in the aerospace and defense industry with an early focus on “indirect” category management, later moving into corporate categories such as HR, professional services, tax, legal, and procurement. Having outsourced her original job, she moved to Unisys and supported their financial services outsourcing operation in India, where she spent nine months. Later moves took her to Cable & Wireless, building on her outsourcing expertise in IT, Finance and Procurement, and then Barclays, where she supported HR professional services categories.

"In terms of the procurement strategy, on the other hand, our aim is to ensure risk mitigation and to bring innovation and insight from the supplier base into the customer base. I think we are currently on that path, and expect that we'll be really good at it in a few years. The next thing will then be to challenge ourselves to...Full Article »