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September 2017

Implementing SRM: Does your organisation have what it takes?

By David Atkinson

My interest in SRM goes back many years, in particular my experiences in aerospace and automotive. A specific feature of those two sectors is that suppliers are usually selected very carefully, because switching mid-programme can be expensive, hugely time-consuming, and sometimes feels close to impossible (regulation and custom and practice in safety-critical industries […]

The Petroleum Institute

The Petroleum Institute is a world-class engineering University which has become a leading teaching and research centre supporting the oil and gas industry in the Middle East. Located in Abu Dhabi, it is funded by a consortium of national and international oil companies, is home to more than 2000 students and 200 faculties, and as […]

August 2017

Creating transparency in the Supply Chain to Reduce Risk

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, by integrating smaller firms into their network […]

Supplier Relationship and Value Management: The Five Programme Killers, and How to Overcome Them

This webinar offers two perspectives on implementing Supplier Relationship and Value Management: Firstly, as a programme, and then as a method.

At the programme level, David Atkinson, MD of consultants Four Pillars, provides a model for developing your organisation’s supplier management strategy by introducing the five critical questions that will mean the difference between failure and […]

Measuring your Procurement Capability…A Self-Assessment Technique

This webinar will provide you with a do-it-yourself process for evaluating your and your team’s capabilities across a collection of key competencies in executing modern procurement.

Capability assessment has been, and will always be an important part of career development and team performance. There are solutions you can purchase and now there are self – assessment […]

CPG Manufacturer Achieves 5 to 10% Savings Across Multinational Organization

After a major reorganization, this CPG manufacturer and Fortune 500 company recognized that further drastic changes were required to better manage spend and drive purchasing efficiencies.

This company, like so many other massive, publicly-held multinational organizations, relied exclusively on manual systems and Excel spreadsheets, which resulted in a significant lack of accurate, real-time consistent data, office […]

Scottish Councils

South Ayrshire Council (SAC) and East Ayrshire Council (EAC) are two local authorities lying in the southwestern corner of Scotland. Each operates a centralised procurement function, responsible for supervising the strategic spend of up to £150 million annually on a wide range of goods, services and works, to deliver best value to the local community. […]

June 2017

Finding Hidden In-Year Savings

Most procurement plans establish targets to be delivered over a number of years, and indeed most of the effort in the current year will not achieve maximum returns until future years Procurement. But there is still a target to deliver this year, and due to unforeseen circumstances you many need find benefits that will count […]

Agfa Gevaert N.V.

Agfa-Gevaert NV is a Belgian multinational corporation that develops, manufactures and distributes a wide range of analogue and digital imaging products, systems and IT solutions.

In 2011, the CEO and Executive Management announced a company-wide improvement programme, which identified ‘Efficiency in Purchasing’ as one of the key work streams. In 2012, Agfa Purchasing as a Global […]

The Digital Procurement Era

As organisations move to an environment characterized by cloud computing, the Internet of things, distributed computing, and mobile applications, it will be important to understand where and how these technologies can create value and support procurement decision-making.