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August 2017

Changing Roles of the Procurement Leader: The Analytical CPO

The business world constantly changes, so procurement leaders have to change with it. While much of the recent focus has been on the need for procurement professionals to develop strong interpersonal skills, we’ve been observing another trend that is driving somewhat different needs.

To succeed now, a procurement leader must also be increasingly analytical and data-driven, […]

MRO Sourcing Strategies Content Pack

By Jason Busch, Executive Editor at Spend Matters

We know MRO can be a major headache. But with so much money on the table, the opportunity to drive category management savings plus truly impact procurement organization results and business ROI is monumental.

For manufacturing companies, or any business that operates a number of plant facilities, the efficient procurement and […]

Leapfrog the Competition by Transforming Your Supplier Relationships from Tactical to Strategic

The procurement whitepaper title makes it sound so easy but don’t be fooled. There’s hard work in transforming supplier engagement. In our supplier relationship whitepaper you will learn:

How and why organizations are transforming their supplier collaboration best practices
New insight into a more proactive, deliberate supplier relationship management approach to work with your procurement supply base from source to pay
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Driving Lasting Savings by Reducing Cost with Spend Compliance

CPOs are tasked to manage reducing cost and increasing savings so their organizations can deliver products and services without disruption – and get the most from source to pay and supplier management to support supplier development. This complex procurement outlook and savings tracking all needs to take place in the face of market volatility, fluctuating commodity prices and supplier uncertainty. […]

5 Procurement Mistakes that Leave Value on the Table

At no other time have procurement organizations been in the position they are today – with immense opportunity to move beyond cost-control to deliver immediate and sustained impact on business performance. Unfortunately, the increased scale and competing stakeholder interests have left many procurement organizations struggling with where and how to innovate.

Thankfully advanced tools, including sourcing […]

Next Generation Supplier Relationship Management

Next generation supplier relationship management is a core component of today’s procurement strategy. As more organizations of all types understand how important suppliers and supplier performance is to their company success and procurement effectiveness, it becomes increasingly important to understand emerging procurement best practices and the latest thinking regarding supplier enablement.

How to Run an Effective Proof of Concept When Evaluating Procurement Technology

The procurement technology market can be daunting. With a plethora of options available – on premise, cloud, point solutions and full-suite offerings – determining which technology is best for an organization is no easy task. One method organizations are using today is to evaluate technology via a “Proof of Concept” (POC).

In this whitepaper you will explore the […]

Proving Your Procurement Value

This whitepaper looks at how procurement can forecast, track, communicate and realize the benefits and value that we all believe are possible through excellent procurement performance.

That starts with procurement’s role in planning and forecasting, both at functional level and into the business. It continues through tracking, reporting and management of procurement activities. Benefits realization – […]

July 2017

Creating Transparency in the Supply Chain to Reduce Risk

29 August 2017 | Live Webinar with Q&A

Labor and Human Rights. With the advent of disasters like Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, as well as factory work in low cost countries, working conditions are becoming a hot button for many companies. An important transition into creating transparency is when large organizations can create a “federated” network, […]

Supplier Relationship and Value Management: Does your organization have what it takes?

26 September 2017 | Live Webinar with Q&A

There’s no point designing an SRM programme if your organization lacks the competency to deliver it. Equally, simply training people without an agreed SRM method or strategy is a route to wasting your precious training budget. In this webinar, Four Pillars’ David Atkinson lays-out the skills necessary for […]