Finalist Interviews for Rising Star Awards: Leyanna Torres, Amazon

Posted: 11/16/2022 - 03:52
Finalist Interviews for Rising Star Awards: Leyanna Torres, Amazon
Finalist Interviews for Rising Star Awards: Leyanna Torres, Amazon
Truly dynamic and well-respected trailblazer within her field; Leyanna Torres started her journey at Michigan State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in packaging engineering shortly followed by her MBA at University of Phoenix. She spent most of her career in automotive, specializing in vehicle packaging process and lineside packaging design. She eventually transitioned into direct then indirect procurement leadership at some of the largest automotive tier 1 suppliers in the world. She is now a Global Senior Category Manager for Amazon focusing on safety and powered industrial truck autonomy sourcing and technical program management.  She is member of the Michigan Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40, has delivered a TED talk spin off on ‘Mindset and Culture’ and was a panelist on the Real Sourcing Networks (RSN) procurement talks alongside other global procurement leaders discussing the procurement hurdles they overcame during the pandemic.


How did you get into this field. Was it purposeful or by accident?

It was by a happy accident. I started in the packaging engineering industry. In that industry, I played the role of purchasing by sourcing my own customized packaging. In the process of combining engineering design with negotiation my savings were exceptional which pivoted me into purchasing and eventually into a purchasing leadership role.  

In what ways do you hope to influence or transform the industry?
I believe that sourcing should include agile leaders. Those that may have a different point of view, understanding many different areas of a business adding additional value, even technical knowledge to the sourcing process. I am hopeful that my unique background shows others and companies that agility is not only important but a pivotal part of the sourcing industry. Having a broad perspective can add exceptional value.  
Who are the mentors or role models who have guided you in your career?
My parents, husband, Manish Senta, Joe Gaus and Jeff Wells.  
What is something you wish more people knew about the sourcing and procurement industry?
The market is the real cost driver. Quality is often more important than price. From a career perspective, you do not have to start your career in supply chain to enter the procurement industry. Anyone can learn to negotiate and source a supplier. It’s about your ability to mine data and use it as leverage during the procurement process and most importantly your ability to build long term relationships.  
Looking ahead, what trends do you think will emerge in the sourcing and procurement space?
The ability to more agile. Engineers, finance, and other roles bleeding into the procurement space bringing forth diverse perspectives to the role.
What advice do you have for those who are considering a career in sourcing or procurement? 
Engage a mentor as procurement opens doors to other roles and industries. The possibilities are endless. Keep and open mind and always be willing to learn. The number of years someone has in procurement doesn’t always translate to their potential and expertise. Take in all advice you can get as they may provide an alternative perspective you may not have considered. Watch the market and know what is going on around you, always. This allows you to be successful in your future negotiations and lets you know where your leverage may or may not lie.

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The 2023 Future of Sourcing Awards recognizes organizations and individuals that show innovation, leadership and transformation in categories that are critical to the sourcing industry. The Awards will take place on October 18, 2023, the capstone evening at the SIG Global Executive Summit. Attendees will enjoy dinner, networking and an awards ceremony that brings together some of the brightest minds to create a truly remarkable experience.