What to Consider to Secure Procurement a Seat at the Top Table

Our good friend and procurement maestro extraordinaire, Mr David Smith, sometimes known as Peter’s brother, other times, his father, has written a short article on his top tips for promoting procurement to ensure it’s seen as a key function by the senior team. It is published on the Bloom website – Bloom, you will recall, are the professional services procurement specialists. And they have been busy recently speaking with the man himself.

What makes David such a guru of all things procurement? Well, his 30-plus years’ experience in senior and board-level procurement roles goes some way to answering that question. And his 11 years as one of the UK government’s most significant and influential Commercial Directors and commercial adviser to Ministers, also contributes. But it was as President of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), that David advised and lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and Australia to the public and private sectors, giving him an even wider, and even culturally-specific knowledge of the procurement function, the management of its stakeholders and suppliers, and what affords it the best chance to have a voice at the top table.

So in his post, Top 5 tips for Putting Procurement at the Top Table, David gets straight to the heart of the matter – no fluff, no nonsense – just wise words in five succinct tips.

His final recommendations to support what he believes senior leaders, from CEOs to Ministers, want from their procurement functions is simply:

  • You to tell them what you can do, not what you can’t!
  • Supply chains properly managed to eliminate risk
  • Consider efficiency and sustainability in all plans and decisions

Do read the full blog post to take in his five tips that lead up to that closing statement – five minutes of your time very well spent, we believe. You can read it here.

And if you’d like a bit more on that subject for your holiday reading, see our Spend Matters paper A Seat at the Top Table free to download here.

And our guest post from last year: The Winds of Change: Procurement Gets Its Seat at the Top Table!


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