If there’s a global management consulting firm whose name is practically synonymous with strategic sourcing, it’s A.T. Kearney. Colloquially known as “Kearney” or “ATK,” this firm basically authored the 7-step sourcing process back in the 1980s/1990s that is burnt into the DNA of most strategic procurement professionals. The 500-600 strong procurement practice at this firm has maintained a leadership position in procurement and supply chain through a combination of:
- Thought leadership (e.g., its recurring Assessment of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Study
- Tools (e.g., the Purchasing Chessboard)
- Category knowledge and analytics (e.g., single category optimization work)
- A very deep bench of seasoned practitioners who don’t just implement sourcing, but also implement the broader supply chain all the way from strategic supply chain transformation down to the nitty-gritty shop floor work.
If you are looking for a deep, broad and global management consulting firm with both strategic vision and also the ability to execute, you pretty much have to invite A.T. Kearney to the table. It won’t be the cheapest, but it will likely be the deepest.