The Latest Trends in Contingent Workforce Management with Julia Braun

By Kelly Barner | July 19, 2023

Contingent workforce is certainly not a new category of spend for procurement to manage, but it is a category that has gone through substantial changes over the last few years. Every major trend in talent, from The Great Resignation to layoffs and hiring freezes to quiet quitting, affects how companies balance and blend their sources of talent.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Julia Braun. Julia has over 25 years of experience across all indirect spend categories, managed and outsourced services, with a focus on negotiations for software, cloud services, and professional services. Today she is the Director of Enterprise Procurement for Highspot.


In this interview, Julia shares her perspective on the macro trends, best practices, and tech advancements that are affecting contingent workforce management:

  • How the category is being affected by larger labor trends like hiring freezes and layoffs
  • Whether managing this spend is an opportunity to bring procurement into closer collaboration with Human Resources
  • How contingent workforce allows procurement to advance multiple DEI initiatives
  • The prevailing trends around tech in the sourcing and management of contingent workforce spend


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