A Week in the Life—Peter, Sourcing Manager A Week in the Life—Peter, Sourcing Manager


5:00 a.m.
Sleep In

On any other Monday, I'd be getting up and heading to the airport, however, the project start date has been pushed back one week, so I'll be working on a Client Workshop, Proposal and White Paper from Sydney this week which means I can sleep in.

8:00 a.m.
Future of Procurement

We have been invited by a top beverage company to facilitate a workshop with their leadership team on The Future of Procurement. Part of my time this week will be spent helping structure and develop the presentation.

5:00 p.m.

As a Manager, you receive plenty of opportunity to get involved in the Business Development (sales) process, and this week I'll be coordinating the development of a proposal for a prospective mining client. I receive the brief over the phone and quickly start compiling a storyline (document structure).


6:00 a.m.
Salt Water Rinse

Making the most of being in Sydney, I mix up my exercise routine by heading out for a sunrise surf. With a big day ahead, it's a great way to start the day.

10:00 a.m.
Knowledge Network

After reviewing a wealth of A.T. Kearney information on the intranet, plus recently delivered presentations on industry trends, I circulate the first draft of The Future of Procurement with the team for review.

3:00 p.m.
Sharing our Insights

As a result of conducting projects with leading companies, consultants are in a unique position to understand and share insights on leading industry practices. I'm supporting the development of an article on a common pitfall with procurement category management; poor internal relationships.


5:00 a.m.
A Global Family

The Procurement & Analytic Solutions team consists of ~300 consultants globally. We keep in touch through fortnightly update calls and this time it's my turn to attend on behalf of the Australian team.

1:00 p.m.
Client Review

We take the opportunity to run through our draft presentation with the client to ensure they are comfortable with the content, and it allows us to ask a few more clarifying questions. The client is impressed with our insights, so aside from some minor tweaks we are ready for tomorrow.

6:00 p.m.
Peer Group

In addition to the Buddy and Mentoring programs, the Peer Group allows consultants of the same grade to meet and discuss issues pertinent to them. As a peer group leader, I recently took the latest issues to the Head of the Australian unit, so I prepare the feedback to share with the group.


11:00 a.m.

Following introductions with the client leadership team, we start the workshop on The Future of Procurement. The session is very well received and we're invited back to discuss one of our procurement solutions for logistics. That's a win!

5:00 p.m.

Following two review sessions with the Partner and calls with relevant A.T. Kearney experts, the proposal will now be reviewed a final time before sending it off to the prospective client.

7:00 p.m.
Team dinner

The three of us who worked on the Future of Procurement workshop take the opportunity to debrief on the day's session and have a general catch-up over dinner at a renowned Thai restaurant.


9:00 a.m.
Buddy Coffee

It's been a big week for my buddy (assigned when you join) as she has been working with a demanding client whilst juggling other work commitments. We act as each other's support network and this time it's my opportunity to suggest some new techniques for her to try out.

12:00 p.m.
All Systems Go!

Confirmation has been received that our project team will be travelling to the client's offices in Melbourne next week. Time to make travel arrangements and ensure we are ready for the kick-off.

5:00 p.m.
Happiness Barometer

And like clockwork, the drinks trolley rolls down the corridor just as the Happiness Barometer email hits. I reflect on what's been achieved this week and accordingly submit my level of happiness with a beer in hand.