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May 10, 2021

The EMEA Recruitment podcast was proud to welcome Daniel Johansson.

“I’ve picked people who make sure my blackspots are covered, so that, together, we become one unity.”

Daniel spoke to Paul Toms, the Founder of EMEA Recruitment, virtually, due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation kicks off with the reasons that Daniel can speak seven languages – his curiosity stems from an interesting source!

Daniel has over 15 years’ experience in global Procurement & Supply Chain, which has taught him the importance of patience and perseverance. His early involvement in Indirect spend forced him to work with business stakeholders in understanding the power of Procurement. Coupled with honesty, he explains why these traits are essential for forming long-standing relationships within organisations.

In fact, a person’s values are what Daniel looks for when recruiting new people into his team. Business Intelligence (BI) and Data, too, will influence the personalities and skillsets needed in the Procurement discipline of the future.

We find out how Daniel “slipped” into Procurement, as well as the promise his first Indirect Procurement hiring manager made to him before he took the role.

Daniel has created his current Procurement department from scratch, forming a high performing team that brings different skills and personalities together. He always has the end goal in mind when recruiting new people, which he finds results in fewer wrong hires.

Finally, Daniel reveals who he would interview on a podcast if he could only have one guest – it’s a popular choice, but not the person Paul expected!


If you’d like to find a particular part of the episode, please use the timestamps below:

01:23: What Daniel is looking forward to this year
02:11: Which competition inspired Daniel to learn 7 languages?
04:38: Patience & perseverance in Procurement
06:26: The key to positive relationships
09:24: What Daniel focuses on when recruiting
13:03: The impact of BI & Data on Procurement
17:00: How Daniel slipped into Procurement
18:23: Creating a complete department
20:54: Always have the end goal in mind
22:51: The cost of a wrong hire
26:13: Daniel’s dream podcast guest
28:04: How to connect with Daniel

The best way to connect with Daniel is through LinkedIn – click here to view his profile. 


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The EMEA Recruitment podcast is hosted by Paul Toms, our Founder, and Rose Jinks, our Senior Marketing Executive.

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