Business Transformation

Procurement – Is it a Force for Good?

One of the characteristics of 21st Century procurement is status anxiety. Barely a week goes by without another article or blog bemoaning stakeholders who don’t appreciate the strategic contribution professional buyers make to the organisation. Admittedly I’ve been around the profession for while – starting out as a buyer for

Procurement 2018: Getting off to a great start

You lead a procurement function. You worked your butt off in 2017 to hit your savings target, and improved supplier performance through your SRM efforts. Those SRM efforts stretched to improving your key supplier’s business operations, and you secured the lion’s share of the benefits that accrued from that support.

Sales – We need to talk about Procurement

What’s happening to the Sales profession when it comes to its engagement with professional ‘Procurement’ at the customer? I honestly thought Sales professionals would all be used to dealing with Procurement by now, positively reveling in the challenge to articulate the value of their offerings to forensic, value-hungry buyers. Any

Sales: Build a Better Relationship with Procurement

You’re in a sales role? You meet with professional buyers on a fairly routine basis? You think you understand them, and their interests…. really understand them? Well, let’s take a few minutes to think about that. Salespeople rightly take pride in their ability to build new relationships, deepen existing ones,

Selling to the Professional Buyer: The Toughest of Times for Sales?

Sales has never been the easiest of careers to embark on. Calling on prospects with solutions the decision-maker doesn’t see the need for (or one that is simply dealing with other priorities) is a tough but necessary ask. It takes a special blend of personal resilience, character and optimism to make

SRM Video Series: #1 What Are You Doing It For?

In my thirty-one years (so far) of working in the procurement field, I’ve seen the profession grow in stature, and as my mentor Professor Andrew Cox has said, witnessed procurement become something of a science. When I started out ‘Purchasing’ was all about being able to negotiate deals with (mostly)

Part 2: Procurement: the real challenges to effective working with internal stakeholders (and how to overcome them)

In his previous blog on the challenges of securing stakeholder involvement and buy-in for procurement strategies initiatives, Professor Andrew Cox expands on how these could be overcome, citing IIAPS client cases. Tactical Solutions to the Lack of Cross-Functional Involvement & Buy-in Building on our previous analysis of the 12 Major

Procurement: the real challenges to effective working with internal stakeholders

Four Pillars’ work in the procurement sphere often involves working with cross-functional teams in developing category and supplier management strategies. We would go as far to say that effective procurement is most-definitely a cross-functional endeavour, particularly so when strategic categories of supply and key supplier relationships are being considered. Generic

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