BravoSolution Real World Sourcing – Assessing the Procurement Function

Thanks to the 30 people who came along to our latest BravoSolution Real World Sourcing series session last week – “Assessing the Procurement Function”.  It was a really good group, with plenty of debate, and right at the end, one of the toughest delegate questions I’ve ever had at this sort of session!

I promised the delegates that I would write up some of the output from the “group exercises” we did during the session and post it here, so I’ll be doing that over the next week or so.

We split the time into two major topic areas. Firstly, the what, why and how you might carry out an assessment of the function. Why would you do it? What are you trying to get out of it? Which different approaches can you take – qualitative or quantitative for instance?

Who might be best placed to physically carry out the assessment? IIAPS? A.T. Kearney? An internal team? Or how about contributing to a survey based assessment, either one looking at the broad sweep of procurement responsibilities, or a narrower area such as technology or staff capability?

As you can see, there are a lot of questions to consider if you want to analyse fully the options, and we tried to at least identify those factors you might want to consider.

In part 2, we looked at a particular model I’ve come up with, based on (but better than) the Procurement Capability Review model I developed for the late lamented Office of Government Commerce. That was used to assess all government departments’ procurement functions a few years back.  I’ve tried to improve on that and make it more logically consistent. During last week’s session, we used that model to quickly run though some of the criteria you might look at, in areas from strategy to process, people to measurement, if you want to make an assessment of the function.

Anyway, we’ll return with more detail shortly, but for now, you can access the slides here (free, requires registration).  Once you’ve had a look at the slides, register for the BravoSolution Education Network (BEN), and you can take the 15-question “test” on the topic. That enters you into the competition for the BravoSolution £2500 education scholarship – and the top 10 entrants (subject to qualification conditions) get places at a slap-up dinner in December!

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