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  /  Harm Veerkamp

Harm Veerkamp

Driving Innovation with suppliers, professionalising Procurement and the future of Procurement has his passion. Agility, yes. Once, hiking in the Himalaya, he decided to run his own business on his mobile and shortly after he started doing so. He gives masterclasses Procurement and Workshops for leadership teams, University lectures and key notes in different occasions in Europe and APAC. He is senior advisor and involved from the early days to the Supplier Enabled Innovation Centre of the London based Procurement Leaders. Besides his European activities he is active growing his activities in APAC. In his Global Procurement career, recently he was responsible for a global transformation of Procurement in 17 countries and before that he worked as Director Purchasing Excellence and Global Procurement Director in DSM, a global Life Science and Performance Materials company. Harm was responsible for initiating and running ‘INNOVOLVE’ the supplier enabled innovation program and the supplier sustainability program in a procurement organisation that developed from ‘strong average’ to ‘top quartile’ in maturity. Further Harm has a wide standing experience in senior management of global purchase and sales organisations in multinational corporations with always a passion for innovation. He has been responsible for many market launches of incremental and breakthrough innovations in his sales career as well as bringing innovative business models and product innovation from suppliers to success. Previous companies have been: FrieslandCampina, Gist Brocades, BP Nutrition and Unilever. He loves to drive change, excellence and to operate on the interface between companies. His life has been one of travelling and the last 10 years extensively in Asia where he holds part time residence in Shanghai.

Key Specialities and Interests

  • Procurement strategy
  • Interim & Transformation management
  • People development and recruitment
  • Supplier enabled innovation
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Driving functional excellence programmes
  • Digitization of procurement
  • Strategic Sourcing

Current Innovation research areas

  • Procurement
  • Supplier innovation
  • Customer of Choice
  • Talent management
  • Stretching Supplier relationships
  • Digitization

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • Five dormant languages German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and currently trying to master Mandarin
Available
  • Europe (Base Amsterdam)
  • APAC (Base Shanghai)