By Susan Avery
Like many procurement and supply management professionals, Nick Ammaturo, didn’t study supply chain management in college. In fact, it wasn’t until he was working in China and recruited by PepsiCo for a role in global procurement that he gave the profession any thought.
Today, Ammaturo is Director, Profit Improvement and Procurement at Hudson’s Bay Company in New York, and a ThomasNet and Institute for Supply Management 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Star. He was nominated for the recognition by Robert Odomirok, Senior Manager, A&M Procurement at PepsiCo Inc.
“I love procurement,” Ammaturo tells My Purchasing Center in a podcast interview, ThomasNet ISM 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Star! “At a company rich in history, every day I am making an impact.”
After studying management and international business at Villanova University, Ammaturo wasn’t sure what he wanted to do after graduation. He moved to China where he worked on foreign direct investment and got his first taste of procurement with some exposure to Request for Proposals (RFPs).
Falling into procurement “by chance,” Ammaturo worked for Pepsico for six years, where he says he got a great foundation. “I was able to learn the nuts and bolts of negotiation and strategy.” After this role, he moved to a smaller company so he could take what he learned “and see if I could run it without process behind me.” Most recently, Ammaturo was with the global sourcing organization at Avon Products, Inc.
Now, at Hudson’s Bay Company, the oldest company in North America operating in the U.S. as retailers Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, Ammaturo seized an “opportunity to really shape” the procurement function. “We are striving to consolidate and leverage common platforms and systems and become a best-in-class retailer,” he says. “My role is exciting. I am rolling out e-procurement tools and developing a procurement policy for managing spend.”
Ammaturo aspires to continue progressing in procurement, challenging himself with new projects and categories he hasn’t sourced. Once he picks something up, a project or category, he tells My Purchasing Center, “I always focus on leaving it in a better place.”
In addition to his busy career, Ammaturo serves as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISM-7 Counties in New York and Connecticut. “It’s exciting,” he says. “We’ve got an amazing board” that recently launched an emerging professional event for ISM members young and old beginning a career in supply management.
“It’s our best attended event to date,” he says. “Now, we are leveraging that and focusing on building our membership.” To do that, he’s examining what he, as a Millennial, is looking for from ISM. “We want to make it exciting. For the most part, people are doing this outside of work. We want to make it fun.”
ThomasNet and ISM recognized Ammaturo and other Rising Stars at ISM2015 in May. He says the honor “has definitely motivated me to promote the profession and encourage others to get involved.”
ThomasNet and ISM is now accepting nominations for the Second Annual 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program. To nominate a young purchasing or supply chain management professional deserving of recognition for his or her contribution and making a difference, visit thomasnet.com/30under30. The deadline is October 30, 2015.
My Purchasing Center Contributing Editor Nikita Saharia Chaturvedi contributed reporting to this article.
Last year at ISM2014, ThomasNet and ISM introduced the program to address a major challenge facing the industry. A “perfect storm” is approaching as the Baby Boomers who dominate supply chain management get ready to retire without a pipeline of new talent to take their place. This is happening just as Millennials become the largest living generation in the U.S. ThomasNet and ISM hope that by spotlighting young superstars, they will help inspire other Millennials to choose supply chain careers.
ThomasNet and ISM recognizes 30 individuals who are 30 or younger, and whose initiative, collaboration, innovation and/or leadership are already bolstering the profession.
Contributions to their companies, associations and the industry at large will all be considered. The first group of winners, announced last January, exemplify these qualities. They are achieving far beyond their years of experience, and diving into their jobs head first to deliver excellent performance.
“Our first group of 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars is truly indicative of our industry’s future leaders,” says Tom Derry, CEO at ISM. We‟re excited by their incredible accomplishments, and their enthusiasm for the profession. To attract and keep more people like them, we need to build on what we’ve done so far. We encourage everyone in supply chain management to pay it forward, and nominate more superstars who should be recognized.”
To help these winners build on their accomplishments, each new rising star will receive complimentary membership in ISM for one year, where they can take advantage of educational and networking programs. One “megawatt” professional from the second group, along with their nominator will also receive an all-expense paid trip to ISM2016 to be held May 16-18 in Indianapolis. For information, please go to: thomasnet.com/30under30
Listen to the complete interview with Nick Ammaturo on the My Purchasing Center podcast, ThomasNet ISM 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Star!
Susan Avery is Editor-in-Chief at My Purchasing Center. She writes articles, blogs and white papers and manages and creates other content for the online procurement and supply management publication. She produces and moderates roundtable discussions, podcasts, webcasts and video interviews. Susan has 30 years experience covering procurement and supply management for Purchasing magazine and Purchasing.com.
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