Procurement Strategy

Understanding the shape and cut of procurement organisations

ElainePorteous_100.jpgElaine Porteous clears up some common misconceptions about the ways in which procurement organisations can be structured as well as demystifies some of the associated jargon...

Starting a new job can be both stressful and exhilarating. The people are different, the location is strange and the way they work is peculiar to that enterprise. There may be a seven-level procurement organisation chart or a loose, undocumented reporting structure to be navigated. What is also daunting is the 'in-speak': specific terminology which may be like a foreign language to you. So, what do they mean?

The five rights of procurement

EmanAbouzeid_2_100.jpgThe primary task of procurement is to provide the 'right' inputs for an organisation's processes.

The 'right' inputs are traditionally described as follows:
- Inputs of the 'right quality'
- Delivered in the 'right quantity'
- To the 'right place'
- At the 'right time'
- For the 'right price'

These are often called the 'five rights' of procurement and supply.

Eman Abouzeid (CSCP, CIPS), a procurement and supply chain professional with global experience, unpacks why it is important to achieve the five rights.

The management of procurement value

SergiiDovgalenko_100.jpgIt is now apparent that procurement can deliver an extensive value proposition in addition to traditional savings and compliance. Procurement has the potential to be a revenue centre, empower suppliers' product innovation, manage risks, contribute to customer satisfaction and so much more.

Traditional procurement strategy that pragmatically concentrates on return on investment (ROI) and the enablers of ROI does not sufficiently elaborate on the variety of value elements that can be unlocked.

A step towards introducing this new dimension of value elements is to develop a classification of different values.

A group of authors from Bain & Company, in their article The Elements of Value, has undertaken such an approach and built the Value Pyramid, which can be customised for procurement.

Sergii Dovgalenko (FCIPS), Head of Procurement, Etihad Airways, takes us through the process at a high level:

Procurement perspectives: exploring a more efficient procurement process

StephenBauld_100.jpgIf a municipality intends to explore the possibilities around effective and efficient procurement by adopting a more strategic approach, then it must place emphasis on taking proactive measures to improve the purchasing function.

"It is not sufficient to rely on only those measures that would prevent things from going wrong; it would be time well spent to concentrate, initially, on conceptualising an overall proactive approach to the procurement function", says Stephen Bauld, a government procurement expert.

Your procurement resolution: don't settle for best-in-class

AlexSaric_100.jpgWhat better time to set and start tackling key objectives for 2019? Your New Year's resolution should be to be better than best-in-class...

"Achieving best-in-class performance won't result in procurement becoming truly strategic and may actually hinder progress in the long term. So, don't settle for best-in-class", says Alex Saric, from source-to-pay suite provider Ivalua.

Procurement predictions for 2019

LucyPatchett_100.jpgSupply Management's Lucy Patchett takes a look at some of the key trends for 2019...

Walk the talk: machine learning and big data for procurement analytics

SammeliSammalkorpi.jpegIn procurement analytics, there are two clear trends:
1. Data is the new oil.
2. Big data and advanced analytics, such as machine learning, deep learning and neural networks, definitely create new opportunities.

The way we can automatically extract insights from vast amounts of data will both unearth new opportunities as well as move tasks performed by humans to machines.

As these great opportunities exist with a lot of buzz, the big question remains: how do we walk the talk? Sammeli Sammalkorpi, Co-founder of procurement analytics solutions provider Sievo, tries to answer this question.

Join us at Smart Procurement World in 2019! Our exciting theme this year is Walk the talk: high impact procurement. We will explore topics such as policy vs. impact, governance for results and delivering impact at board level.

Procurement must champion IoT or risk falling behind

Su-SanSit_100.jpgThe procurement function will fall behind and suffer a wider skills gap if organisations do not proactively pilot the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, writes Supply Management's Su-San Sit.

Perfecting the art of procurement? Learn from the masters

KevinDoran_100.jpgTo move your procurement organisation to the next level, it pays to learn from the masters...

New research conducted by Accenture Strategy shows that a small group of procurement masters - defined as the top 10% of procurement organisations in terms of performance - are delivering a 15:1 return on investment (ROI) to their organisations. This tangibly impacts the bottom line in a way that makes CEOs take note.

"Other companies can learn a lot from these masters", says Accenture Strategy's Kevin Doran, Managing Director: Global Procurement Practice Lead.

6 reasons you're still stuck in procurement 1.0

JulianHarris.jpgEvery business desires growth and success. They set targets to support the overall objectives of the GDP. However, it is natural to encounter many roadblocks along this journey and procurement is seen as an important area as it can block or support growth.

Procurement analytics provider Robobai surveyed 250 procurement specialists and asked them what their pain points are within a growing organisation. Sharing the results, Julian Harris, Robobai chairman and founder, shares the top-six reasons an organisation might be stuck in 'procurement 1.0'.

Optimising the procurement process to boost efficiency

OptimisingProcurement_300.jpgThe role of procurement extends far beyond the belief that procurement's primary function is to obtain goods and services in response to internal needs. A world-class procurement process aims to optimise the whole process to create significant business value. Procurement optimisation leads to a number of benefits and adds remarkable value to your organisation as a whole. It ensures efficiency in your procurement process which in turn has a domino effect of positive reactions within your entire organisation.

Since the procurement process touches every organisational department and affects revenue directly, it is essential to keep the process running smoothly by regularly reviewing what's working well and what needs to be optimised for greater efficiency.

Procurement Academy's Marc Wins takes a look.

How can procurement help drive organisation strategies in the face of turbulence and vulnerability?

Mediacy_.jpgCountless studies have established that the C-suite and boards of directors want their supply chains to become fully-fledged business functions and with the ability to influence organisational objectives or in the case of private sector, profitability. We have been here before, but what has been tangible proof of "from backroom to boardroom, procurement goes strategic"? How do you measure the true value of procurement's influence on organisation strategy? The answer is a function of the level of influence supply chain teams have on overall organisation strategy, says Medacy Mudekwa, Head of Content for Smart Procurement World.

Smart Procurement Review will soon hit the shelves. To get insights into procurement developments over the last 12 months, email us for your copy.

Love procurement - because it can impact society and the environment

Join us at Smart Procurement World 2019, where one of our conference themes will be "Walk the talk: High-impact procurement"

RobertFreeman_100.jpgProcurement work is much more than just securing the right products, in the right quantity and quality at the right place... Let's think wider, more holistically, writes Robert Freeman, a procurement and supply chain expert at Future Procurement, a procurement coaching and consultancy organisation.

Optimising value with a win-win supply chain

StevenBowen_200.jpgSupply chain partners that collaborate drive continuous improvement and innovation. But getting there takes a new approach, writes Steven Bowen and Kate Vitasek.

Procurement in 7 memes

DistractedBoyfriend_small.jpgThey say a picture tells a thousand words. How about a procurement meme?

Okay, millennials. Strap yourselves in, because Hugo Britt, Content Manager at Procurious, is going to attempt to meme. Is meme even a verb? Perhaps not, but that isn't going to stop him.

For older readers who don't really know (or care) what memes are, don't worry - Britt's got you covered. Whether it's Bad Luck Brian, Kermit Sipping Tea, or King Leonidas screaming "SPARTA", Britt will attempt to add a bit of context around the meme before applying a Procurement gripe to each.

Join Britt at Smart Procurement World Gauteng in September, where he'll present procurement's "guide to blockchain technology and how it will change our world". He'll look at early applications of blockchain in supply chain, specifically automotive, freight and logistics.

8 ways to create procurement value

SergeyDovgalenko.jpgProcurement professionals who traditionally measure their effectiveness by means of savings will sooner or later face the following problems: a depletion of supplier resources and a loss in supplier motivation in terms of further co-operation. Suppliers cannot always be the sole source of benefits, patching holes in your company's balance sheet with their funding, says Sergey Dovgalenko (FCIPS), Head of Procurement, Etihad Airways.


 

 

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