[Live Q&A] - What's the Tension between HR and Procurement?

HR Procurement Alignment

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10:00a PT / 1:00p ET for a casual discussion with Dean Edwards, former VP of Global Strategic Sourcing at Levi’s and James Hudson, former Global Talent Acquisition Director at Levi’s.

In large enterprises, the external workforce is typically managed by Procurement or HR.  Both groups bring a different set of skills for supporting contingent workers and outsourced staff. Procurement has the experience of managing vendor relationships, and HR naturally is best suited for tracking people and work quality. 

The reality is that both departments need to work together so that the external workforce is sourced, onboarded, and off-boarded correctly. But the two groups don’t always have the same goals. In this conversation, Erika Novak will explore this tension with former HR and Procurement leaders from Levi’s

Below are a few questions that the group will discuss:

  • What are the challenges for HR and Procurement to align?
  • What are the main hot button issues between the two?
  • How can better reporting facilitate a better relationship?
  • Who should own the contingent workforce program?


Dean Edwards

Dean Edwards 2

Dean Edwards is a seasoned procurement and operation’s executive with experience of a variety of industries including; apparel, healthcare, internet media, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, FMCG, and automotive. He has built, transformed and led high-performing teams covering both direct and indirect expenditure. Amongst his other operational responsibilities have been Supply Chain, Real Estate, Facilities, and Security. He has worked for many household name organizations such as Levi Strauss & Co, Yahoo!, Kaiser Permanente, and GlaxoSmithKline.

James Hudson

James Hudson

James Hudson most recently led global talent acquisition for Levi Strauss & Co. His specific expertise lies in building and leading in-house recruitment teams, globally, in luxury as well as traditional volume retail environments (and their associated supply chains). He is fortunate to have spent his career searching for the best talent across North America, Europe, and East Asia.

Erika Novak

Erika NovakErika Novak is a seasoned Contingent Workforce thought leader and practitioner with 14 years of experience. She has built and evolved Enterprise Contingent Workforce programs during her times at eBay and LinkedIn, consulted Fortune 500 companies while at Brightfield and has now moved into building products with Utmost as their Head of Client Services.