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Striving for Procurement Excellence? Here’s What You Need to Do

Dec 10, 2018

The role of procurement in organizations is no longer a matter of debate. Sourcing and procurement have been gaining increasingly strategic relevance in companies and has been the object of constant attention as it is directly related to the level of effectiveness of the organization and closely connected to the company’s cost structure. There is a new recognition in companies of the positive impact that procurement excellence can have on important performance indicators, like costs and spend patterns. Now, top players across industries are contemplating ways to attain sourcing and procurement excellence in order to gain a sustainable cost advantage for business. Furthermore, companies can analyze their procurement operation and think strategically using reliable data which is a foundational building block of procurement excellence.

Execute transformational changes

Leading organizations leverage internal and external data while undertaking transformational changes in procurement. This helps them shift focus to strategic buying vs. tactical procurement. Combining these elements give companies unprecedented visibility over their procurement functions and better leverage its role in increasing profitability. Companies that have harmonized data around their spending tend to attain sourcing and procurement excellence. For instance, while purchasing raw materials, manufacturers must gain an understanding of the change in spending on a year-on-year basis in order to proactively pinpoint and cater to any significant fluctuations.

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Develop strategic buying plans

Once organizations get relevant information about their spend data on a daily, monthly, or quarterly and annual basis, makes it easier to identify issues like price discrepancies and can quickly mitigate them. They can make significant strides toward procurement excellence. Best-in-class organizations today are adopting a strategic approach when it comes to sourcing and procurement. Establishing a strategic focus is another critical component of procurement excellence. Having strategic buying plans also encourages buyers to make proactive decisions. Furthermore, an understanding of where markets are going forms an integral part of strategic buying plans. Companies that have a proactive, forward-looking strategy, based on future supply market conditions, can transform procurement decision-making and contribute millions of dollars in savings to an organization’s bottom line.

Manage procurement teams

Long-term sourcing and procurement excellence goals are often supported by having the right people on board in the right positions. These professionals must be well equipped to manage supplier relationships as well as embrace and support the organization’s improved approach to procurement. Bringing about transformations in the procurement practices is a time-consuming process. Therefore, it is integral for organizations to build a strong skill pipeline to create a lasting, positive change within the organization.Contact US

Final thoughts

 Forward-thinking organizations are focused on reducing costs and boosting performance. They are increasingly turning to continuous improvement strategies to achieve those goals. At SpendEdge, we combine information, analytics, and expertise with best practices to help companies pinpoint their weak spots, and effectively address those issues on the path to attain high-level goals like organizational profitability and overall corporate performance.

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