Exclusive interview with Rachael Legg – CPO / Transformational Director

  • 13th March 2018

In recognition of International Women’s day, Rachael Legg was good enough to share her inspiring career story in an exclusive interview for Excipion.

Rachael Legg managed to defy the belief that Engineering is a man’s world, to take control of her career and become an interim Chief Procurement Officer / Transformational Director for a leading global manufacturer in Science and Engineering.

Starting her career as a Craft Engineering Apprentice for Elida Gibbs, (now known as Unilever) where she was 1 of only 4 females across all Engineering teams, Rachael has always worked in predominately male environments.

Rachael smashed her studies, attaining a first class honours degree in Engineering, Manufacturing and Management from UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology). Being 1 of 12 females compared with approximately 300 males, a ratio of 25:1,  Rachael made sure that being female wasn’t going to stop her from achieving her goals.


I’ve been told ‘you can’t do that’ as a female carving a career in Manufacturing Engineering…my advice is…if you have the passion – believe in yourself – and do it!


Rachael graduated at the top of her year with multiple awards including Royal Academy of Engineers, which is awarded to only 12 people nationally each year across several universities.

From university, Rachael started her professional career as a Production Line Manager at ICI Paints (now Akzo Nobel) where she later moved across to Procurement, becoming the European Packaging & Buying Manager.


I took ownership of my own development and made the change to where I could see myself having growth and career progression.


Having worked in various CPO / Transformational Director roles helping companies ‘move the needle’ in their Procurement and Supply Chain challenges, Rachael now manages a Procurement Excellence programme for a leading global manufacturer in Science and Engineering.


My philosophy in life is, be the best version of yourself you can be, and help others up the ladder, whether that’s inspiring people to start their career, or develop themselves further, in the wonderful profession of Procurement and Supply Chain, or indeed Engineering.


Rachael now continues to study, working towards a Doctorate in Professional Consulting, whilst working full-time. She is definitely inspiring us to take control of our professional future and to constantly better ourselves.

Thank you Rachael for sharing your story with us, we look forward to hearing about your future successes.


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