Leon McRae is a Global Procurement Manager within Essity’s Global Procurement Department. He supports Market Research globally and Corporate Services and Marketing locally and regionally. Leon has been with Essity for eight years but has been doing Procurement and Contracting for over 30 years. This is his first venture into manufacturing which was one of the highlights of taking this role. Leon found Essity and the role very interesting because it is a global company with many opportunities.
- I wanted to expand my horizons in terms of doing things culturally that were different from my previous experiences, and this has been exactly that. It's allowed me to go to Europe, which I now do often, but at the time it was really exciting, interesting, and new for me.
As Procurement Managers, Leon and his colleagues support stakeholders with supplier contracts, price negotiations and requests for proposals. Globally, he concentrates on market research projects. Essity’s two big product brands are TORK for their Professional Hygiene side and TENA for their Personal Hygiene side.
- Lately I’ve also been supporting the Medical Team on multi-regional market research projects for our JOBST brand for compression therapy. The quantitative and qualitative research studies, again, attempt to provide an indication of where Essity is versus the competition, and how we might go about improving on our market share regarding this.