Male and female procurement managers must create “an enabling environment for women to thrive” in procurement careers “and provide family and work-life balance”, an event at the CIPS Abu Dhabi branch heard.
Samar Al Mansoori, executive director, project services at TDIC, told delegates that “these aspects are dear to women in general”.
The event also heard more awareness of the profession should be raised through educational talks, forums and social media and an effort to attract young and ambitious women to procurement by focusing on successful female procurement professionals.
Participants also suggested there was a need to introduce rocurement as a career option in early stages of education through collaborations with universities and other educational establishments. A mentoring programme using successful women already in procurement could also help promote the profession.
Saeed Al Ameri, vice president, procurement, contracts and logistics at Abu Dhabi Airports, said that 38 per cent of his total procurement staff and 20 per cent of procurement managers and senior managers are female.
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