The best procurement consultancy firm for your business will be able to drive value in the shortest time period. How do you test their ability?
Topics: Procurement Consultancy
When I tell people that my passion is procurement, most people move on to ask the person next to me what they do for a living. A few others ask questions about the biggest tender I have ever dealt with, or how I feel about supermarkets bullying tactics with food growers and the like.
The uninitiated think that as procurement professionals we spend our time creating tender documents and beating up suppliers on price.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
Our approach is VERY different.
"Best practice" is a phrase that can be over-used, but nonetheless sought-after by all concerned. This list combines suggestions from the top industry gurus - including our modest selves!
Recent surveys show that many UK businesses are already preparing themselves for BREXIT by redesigning their supply chains in favour of UK companies.
Procurement teams are generally assessed on their ability to meet budgets. But if they hit their target every time, does that mean they are really good at their job, or that the spend target is too easy to achieve?
Should you be asking your procurement team to cut costs even more, or should their success be more closely aligned with company goals and driving shareholder value?
Clearly, when margins have been cut back several times there comes a point where simple cost cutting cannot be achieved. As a consequence, the more astute procurement teams focus instead on ways to impact total cost of ownership, overall profitability, business competitiveness, risk reduction and other elements that drive enterprise value.
To test whether your team has made that leap and moved away from the traditional procurement role into the more dynamic, mission-critical role that your business needs, try this simple checklist:
Today's procurement teams are being challenged to reduce costs, but in many cases are finding that suppliers have no further room for negotiation.
After round upon round of cost reduction projects, the traditional approaches are running out of steam.
Procurement consultants aren't usually challenged with driving business innovation.
More likely, they are charged with reducing the bottom line financial figures.
Procurement has, for a long time, acknowledged the need to look at reducing the total cost of ownership. We found this reference from 1995, but I am sure this is a topic that has been raging for decades.