Procurement Director, Xero
“The plan was never to become a procurement professional, but somehow a masters degree in Japanese and Journalism landed him there about 20 years ago, and Diedrik has loved it ever since. Originally from The Netherlands, Diedrik started his procurement career working for large Dutch multinationals, like DSM and Shell, and moved to New Zealand in 2008. Based out of Auckland, Diedrik has held various procurement leadership and consulting roles in organisations like Vodafone, Fonterra, ASB and healthAlliance.
Since 2019 Diedrik is Procurement Director at Xero, the New Zealand grown global cloud-based accounting software platform for small businesses. In 2020 Diedrik completed a Masters of Technological Futures degree, allowing him to combine procurement leadership at a tech firm with his passion for building partnerships, supplier innovation and social procurement. Diedrik is also a member of the New Zealand Procurement Excellence Forum and gets a kick from seeing the growth and development of the profession in New Zealand and Australia.”