Downloads: Procurement Research

Centralise or Devolve Procurement – Why Not Both?

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The debates over centralised and de-centralised procurement, and the linked issue of how much purchasing authority can and should be delegated to end users and budget holders, have been going on for years. In fact, every organisation needs to look at its specific needs, and indeed the right approach may differ across different spend categories. And technology is now helping procurement to square the circle – giving stakeholders real authority, whilst retaining the most important aspects of central control that help procurement drive value and performance. In this Spend Matters briefing paper, you can read about what procurement really needs to control, and how one example of enabling technology is helping procurement functions get this balance right.

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Ask the Expert: The HR Side of Sourcing and Procurement

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Whether you're doing the hiring (or firing), Spend Matters Netherland's Gert van der Heijden walks you through some helpful tips and tactics to recruit and maintain the best possible sourcing and procurement team. From competencies, categories, and kraljic to continuous improvement and output vs. input, this session will help you navigate the HR world specific to sourcing and procurement.

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A Seat at the Top Table

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This paper discusses how procurement professionals can position themselves best to work at the highest levels of organisations, and how they can show they’re ready for the top jobs!

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Choosing the Right Tools – How Procurement Can Better Align with Both Trade and Brand Marketing’s Needs

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In this short paper we look at the particular needs of Marketing, and how procurement can help by providing the right tools that will be relevant and useful to those colleagues.

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Procurement’s View of Outsourcing

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Spend Matters UK/Europe’s Executive Editor Peter Smith tackles “cases where an activity has been performed inside the organisation, at least in part, and is then transferred to delivery via an external contractual relationship,” all from procurement’s perspective of course. He suggest critical factors to pay attention to throughout the entire outsourcing process and solid recommendations for success.

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NEW! The Four Faces of Procurement

Spend Matters – Free Research Download NEW! The Four Faces of Procurement Peter Smith, Spend Matters UK/Europe In this Paper, we look at the changing environment for procurement and procurement professionals, and what that means for the skills and capabilities successful senior executives will need in 2020. We believe the best will be adept at managing across two “dimensions” – the external / internal axis, and the analytical / inter-personal axis. Combining those two axes gives us four quadrants that describe different characteristics for procurement – the most successful individuals will be those who can play any of the four […]

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Balancing Internal and External Service Provision – Key Decisions for Procurement Professionals

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In this Spend Matters research paper, we look at two separate but related topics, the firsts a key role for procurement leaders today, and the second we explain what makes Supplier Information Management a suitable candidate for external provision.

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