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Demystifying the optimal skillset of the procurement buyer in 2020

CPO Club, 6:45 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. | Claridge's, London



Speaker: Charles Letizia, CPO/Group Procurement Director of Tesco

6.45pm Drinks and networking
7.30pm Dinner and discussion
Smart casual

Ensuring procurement teams have the skills to be simultaneously brilliant at the basics and set up to identify future sources of value

Charles Letizia, CPO/Group Procurement Director of Tesco, has managed and built high performing procurement teams to drive business transformation and key to that is having people in procurement with the right skills. However, with increased expectations of procurement in the business, ensuring the team is formed of people able to meet those new expectations but who don’t simultaneously neglect some of the more traditional but equally important procurement tasks is a challenge. Transitioning procurement and its people to a new, more effective state is critical, but so too is ensuring that parts of the current setup which currently work well are not left behind.


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About the speaker

Prior to working at Tesco’s, Charles held Chief Procurement Officer roles with Cable & Wireless, Generali and WindTre. In addition, he was a Senior Expert consultant with McKinsey’s Procurement Practice. Tesco is the largest high street retailer of consumer goods from food to fashion in the UK and operates almost 7,000 stores around the world. It also has operations abroad in Asia and central Europe. With a 500,000 people workforce, they serve millions of customers every week, in their stores and online.

The venue

Set in the heart of Mayfair, Claridge’s is an art deco icon and a byword for timeless elegance. Since the 1850s, Claridge’s has excelled at the finer things in life: glamorous design, inspiring dining, impeccable service. The Foyer Private Dining room brings you all the roaring 1920s style of the Claridge’s Foyer in a more intimate setting, supported by discreet, attentive service. The menu is specially created by Executive Chef Martyn Nail and showcases contemporary cuisine, with a focus on authentic flavours and seasonal produce.


The CPO Leadership Club is a networking club for CPOs and senior procurement professionals. Getting to the very heart of procurement challenges and opportunities, it has been designed to provide a wealth of insight, expert knowledge exchange, and valuable networking opportunities.