Victoria Owens

Procurement Category Manager within Travel & Marketing at Arqiva

Victoria has 21 years’ experience working in Hotels, Events and Procurement holding Senior positions and enjoying consistent promotions within the Marriott, MCI, BAE & Arqiva; this is her second year as a mentor on the FF15 programme.

With a true passion for the events industry and steering best practice procurement, Victoria has achieved experience at each stage of the event industry supply chain cycle – hotel, agent, client alongside gaining the highest professional qualification within procurement through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS).

Victoria’s current position at Arqiva working within the Procurement team responsible for Travel & Marketing allows her to buy down through the events industry whilst supporting knowledge and education, she has delivered speaker sessions with the BNC focussing on the importance to buyers during contract negotiations and the legal aspects.

Victoria has enjoyed many successes throughout her career, achieving CIPS Student of the year with results featuring in the top 10% of the UK; she was proud to be placed on the 2010 C&IT A List as well as being nominated for the 2013 Eventia Rising Star Award. She is also sits on the CIPS South Coast committee where she manages and delivers events to the procurement community. Having gained achievements in heavily male dominated industries (Telecoms / Maritime) she understands that as a woman you need to work harder and be sharper to stand out from the crowd and always push to learn new things.

Over a two-year period, Victoria mentored and acted as an assessor within CIPS for two young ladies at Portsmouth City Council assisting them in achieving their level three qualification in procurement whilst growing their procurement skills and knowledge.

Victoria lives on the Southcoast and in her spare time enjoys beach walks, travel and is currently studying an Executive MBA based at Cranfield University with a completion date of December 2021.

Victoria has enjoyed many successes throughout her career, achieving CIPS Student of the year with results featuring in the top 10% of the UK; she was proud to be placed on the 2010 C&IT A List as well as being nominated for the 2013 Eventia Rising Star Award. She sits on the CIPS South Coast Board where she manages the social media and has gained achievements across three industries (Events, Telecoms, Maritime).

Over a two-year period, Victoria mentored and acted as an assessor within CIPS for two young ladies at Portsmouth City Council assisting them in achieving their level three qualification in procurement whilst growing their procurement skills and knowledge.

Victoria lives on the Southcoast and in her spare time enjoys beach walks, travel and is currently considering an MBA.

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