Mike Rager

Mike Rager has more than 30 years experience and has held leadership positions in supply chain and operations management in the aerospace, defense and commercial industries at such companies as United Technologies, Raytheon, Invensys, Electrolux, Diebold Inc. and Tyco International. 

Mike has proven success at implementing programs and processes to increase value in the supply chain. He has expertise in Lean/Six Sigma methodologies. His contributions include strategic sourcing and the associative cost savings, analyzing corporate and business segment spend and implementing programs to enhance supplier performance. 

He’s passionate about managing and nurturing procurement talent. 

Mike is a U.S. Navy veteran. He holds an Executive Master’s degree with a concentration in finance from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science in industrial technology and Bachelor of Science degree in business from Central Connecticut State University.



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Rethink Indirect or Discretionary Spend

December 6th

Have you embraced the concept of discretionary spend? No, I am not just talking about demand management. We cannot just focus on forcing our business to do more with less. We need to help them do much more with different approaches. Here are some examples… Read More

Tips for Leading an Outsourcing Team

November 13th

Outsourcing, i.e., moving the business to focus on its core competency, continues to be one of the key agenda items for many CEOs. When this business strategy is launched, Supply Chain will normally have the responsibility to lead the process. Read More

Procurement: Forge Your Own Road to Success

October 16th

So what's your plan? You know you need to set yourself apart from the competition. How can you show your value to a potential employer? Read More

Procurement Career Kick Start

October 3rd

Over the past several weeks I have been discussing leadership, talent management and career development from the corporate perspective of an employer. As a job seeker, here are some ways to put yourself at the top of the list Read More

Role Models and Mentors in Procurement

August 29th

Mentors can be a valuable asset to help guide you on your career journey. Look for someone that is where you want to be. Have a discussion with that person to see if they would be your mentor. To keep a balance of input and viewpoints, pick two or three me… Read More

Keep It Simple and Ask Questions

August 1st

Successful leaders share a common focus. Execution of fundamental knowledge is the key to winning, and in the case of sourcing, creating value for the business. Read More

With Wisdom Comes Responsibility

July 18th

I speak with countless interns, college cooperative students (co op), supply chain undergraduates and MBA students. The common thread they all have is that they believe they can become a Supply Chain Vice President or a CPO in a very short time. Read More

Thoughts on Leadership Development

July 7th

Talent management requires a process, with measurements, expectations, goals and a deliverable. Here are some ideas that have worked for organizations that have solid talent management programs. Read More

Managing Talent Raises Questions

July 2nd

Great companies have recognized the realities of a solid talent management process. Talent management starts with a desire to create an internal environment that fosters collaboration among all levels and all functions within the business. It requires thou… Read More