Bernhard Raschke – a procurement leader leaves PWC

When we think of the most influential people in procurement, we tend to think of the CPOs of large organisations, plus perhaps the odd academic, writer, the CEO of CIPS or ISM perhaps.

But there is a group of individuals, often behind the scenes, yet who wield considerable influence on the profession, and indeed on how many of those big firm CPOs perform and are perceived. That group is the top procurement and supply chain partners in the big consulting firms – Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PWC, KPMG, A.T.Kearney and McKinsey probably being the most influential in our professional world.

These folk are working with many of the world’s largest organisations, defining what is leading-edge thinking and practice in procurement terms, driving investment in technology, and generally doing a lot of the scene-setting for where we’re going professionally. But the nature of their jobs means they often stay in the shadows somewhat – the CIPS or Procurement Leaders Award goes to the client, not their consultants!

Anyway, that’s a preamble to say that one of the most influential of this coterie, Bernhard Raschke, is leaving PWC where he has worked for the last six years. He was their global Network Lead for the team of over 500 procurement consultants around the world and a partner in the UK consulting business. He’s worked with many large organisations including being behind the scenes on more than one award winning procurement transformation project!

Before that, he was at A.T. Kearney, and prior to that KPMG after his very early career in . He’s also been involved with Professor Andrew Cox and the IAAPS organisation, and is generally very well connected in the senior procurement world.

So he’ s a big loss for PWC, in terms of his personality as well as his knowledge and experience. Raschke has lived in London for twenty  years now, but I suspect his sense of humour, creativity and informal style pre-date that – yes, those qualities suggest that he is the least archetypal German I know! His teenage sons are also talented cricketers, playing for Middlesex juniors, so we look forward to the England team featuring a Raschke before too long.

I know he’s taking some time to consider his next move, and he’s certainly not retiring, so it will be interesting to see where he lands next. And I’m hoping to interview him in July and get his informed views on the state of the procurement nation – where we’re at, where we’re going and what he sees as the key issues. So look out for that soon, and we sih him every success whatever comes next.

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  1. Graham Moore - VP EMEA Procurian:

    I fully echo Peter’s sentiments having worked on a few projects with Bernhard during my time at ATK way back in 2000 – 2001, we were then in the early throes of eSourcing. Always a pleasure to work with and brings a level of depth and insight not readily available. PWC’s loss will undoubtedly be someone else’s win!

    Good luck Bernhard and look forward to observing the next leg of your journey.

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