Auditors and CFOs – Healthy Relationships or Too Close?

Much has been written recently about the oligopoly of the big four auditing firms and the dominance they have in terms of major audit work. […]

The Future of Procurement – Our Hot Topic For A Hot Summer

Our pub debate last week was my last “event” of the pre-summer season. No more webinars, conferences speeches, workshops or the like until September now. […]

Andrew Daly of Hempsons – Public Procurement Legal Update at HCSA Event

At the recent HCSA conference we heard from Andrew Daly, a partner at law firm Hempsons and an expert in public procurement regulations. He talked […]

Book Review: “Relationship Management – Unlocking the Hidden Value in Your Supply Base”

It’s almost four years since we reviewed Jonathan O’Brien’s book “Supplier Relationship Management – Unlocking the hidden value in your supply base”. This impressive work, […]

Recruiting an Executive Search Firm in Procurement: 7 Questions to Ask and Evaluation Criteria [PRO]

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Talent makes procurement happen, and executive search firms play a critical role in bringing new talent into organizations. But when it comes to recruiting senior talent, few procurement teams we’ve spoken to take anything but a relationship-driven or ad-hoc approach to selecting executive search firms. The same relationship-based approach is also common with senior HR staff, CFOs and even CEOs, who often lead the selection process with executive search firms when they plan to hire a new chief procurement officer [...]

Can Procurement With Purpose Save the World? Pub Debate Arguments Against the Motion

Yesterday we focused on the arguments put forward by our two proposers of the motion “This House Believes that Procurement with Purpose can save the world” […]

Can Procurement With Purpose Save the World? Pub Debate Arguments For the Motion

Hats off to our four speakers (and Chair, James Marland of SAP Ariba) at the Spend Matters pub debate last week – they were truly […]

Tenuous Link to World Cup Procurement Post – How to Score Tenders

OK, we apologise, we have re-scheduled a couple of this week’s articles so we can feature something about the World Cup. Well, if we can’t […]

SAP Ariba Launches A New Sourcing Front — Decision Optimization (Part 2: Solution Analysis) [PRO]

In a perfectly logical world, sourcing optimization would become the default means of the majority of strategic negotiations with suppliers. At Spend Matters, we believe its superiority to other sourcing techniques — especially in its ability to extend procurement’s influence to supply chain, finance and other areas of the business by incorporating multiple elements of data collection and analysis — is unmatched. But even though the benefits of sourcing optimization are real and core sourcing optimization technology requirements are well [...]

The Intelligent Way to Manage Supply Chain Risk – Insight from Rolf Zimmer of riskmethods

We’ve worked with riskmethods for a while but I don’t think I have seen Rolf Zimmer (co-founder) speaking in public. He did so at the […]

Supply Chain Risk, Heatwave, Drought, Maths and Hedges

As the heatwave and drought continues in the UK, procurement and supply chain managers will be looking at their contingency plans if we get into […]

SAP Ariba Launches A New Sourcing Front — Decision Optimization (Part 1: Solution Components) [PRO]

SAP Ariba has opened a new front on the strategic sourcing optimization software battlefield. We recently received a detailed product demonstration of the next evolution of SAP Ariba’s decision optimization capability, as well as a glimpse of what’s on the roadmap. Our take is positive. SAP Ariba’s foundation and future plans represent a solid start in this area. And while other established providers of sourcing optimization tools have a decade-long head start, we expect SAP Ariba to progress faster in [...]