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Old 02-18-2011, 11:11 PM
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Lightbulb Innovative Job Title?

I have been challenged to come up with a job title for myself. Although I'd like to think I'll work here until retirement I want to be realistic and get a title approved that will effectively communicate to others in the industry....should I have to seek employment elsewhere. I'd also like the title to communicate to suppliers that I am in a position regarded as integral for negotiating deals.

I am fairly well seasoned having been in the biz of buying for 30 years...and I've been called many things (don't snicker!)....manager, director, buyer, specialist, analyst, etc...

What I do in particular here is work very closely and actively with project teams that are developing new concepts/products for other companies. We are a think tank, no repetitive buys, most are one-time and a lot of the items are in beta or have been obsolete for fifty years including sourcing/buying highly restricted items.

The engineers I work with want me to have technical title, however I report up through the finance group....I am a hybrid model! My scope of responsibility encompasses directing the work of two other buyers in the department, handling all contract administration, sourcing some really REALLY unusual stuff and just making things come together to support impossible project deadlines. I report to the CFO.

All suggestions welcome!
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:10 PM
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Default Purchasing Professional

Keep in mind that if in fact you do not stay with your current employer, you will want to have a generic place holder that represents your highest level acheived. I made the mistake of giving myself a "Manager..." title instead of "Director..." when I was given the oppportunity to create my job title and that created unnecessary obstacles when seeking a job change. The more senior position you can claim the better you will be positioned for salary negotiations and placement with your current or subsequent employer.

After that, let your creativity be your guide. You may want to put an aspirational identifyer in the title. For example, if you are involved in buying but have dabbled in and wish to expand your responsibilities to, for example, logistics, you may want to add a reference to "value chain" in the description. Good luck and you are very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to create your own job title!
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:11 PM
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Director, Busines Process Management?
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:02 PM
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Default Create your own job title

How about:

Technical Director, New Product Introduction
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