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Sebastien Bals

Chief Procurement Officer


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I'm a true spend entrepreneur that has built a proven track record in both corporate and start-up environments globally and across a wide variety of industries. I had the pleasure to lead and develop high performing teams that leverage Procurement Excellence both internally as well as externally whilst striving to deliver value beyond savings. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than working with people who share my passion for sustainable procurement and my ambition to elevate the influence and impact from procurement. All my personal and professional experiences also have enabled me to continue my learning journey and have made me more aware of who I am: - As I need purpose in life, I want to provide one for others as well. I always seek to develop and create clear alignment around a shared purpose and vision, both in the office or on the hockey pitch - Thanks to my narrative and story telling capability I inspire and mobilise cross-functional teams to achieve sustainable results - People give me great energy and they help me thrive. I therefor highly regard relationships and continuously invest in making them stronger - I value feedback as it enables me to continue to grow as an individual and a professional - I never focus only on what's in the boundaries of my direct control but try to always see how the collective could benefit or be impacted by my actions As I enjoy meeting new people and share my experiences and learnings with others, I'm proud to be an advisory board member of Procurement Leaders, guest speaker and lecturer at both academia and conferences, and active member of professional associations such as Procurement 50 (World50 Inc). Also in my private life I try to make a difference by being a loving husband, a good father, a dear friend, an inspiring coach and a committed citizen. Professional keywords I stand for: Procurement I Team Development I Spend Management I Change Management I Business Transformation I Excellence I Strategic Partnerships I Executive LeadershipNegotiations I Strategic Planning I Business Development I Sustainability I Digitization I Agile Procurement I Public Speaking I Strategic Sourcing I Continuous Improvement I Purchasing

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Current Position

Chief Procurement Officer at UCB


Executive Education, General Management Program