Down the Procurement Pub with Mr Raschke, Vroozi, “Ridiculous” Salaries, Pasta and Reading Festival

Here is Mr Bernhard Raschke enjoying a very sober lunch with me at Cafe Murano yesterday. (Good food, reasonably priced for the quality, also very busy). He head-hunts for Korn Ferry where he is the Head of the EMEA Supply Chain Centre of Excellence. We had a very enjoyable discussion covering his sons’ sporting exploits, Brexit (no real impact as yet on the market but he has some concerns), as well as procurement competence and capability models. More on that topic to come, we hope. We also talked about what makes a successful CPO, and we’ll write something more detailed about that next week.


We’ve written bit about Vroozi in the past – “one such e-procurement provider making a growing name for itself among a small community of P2P process owner connoisseurs that value certain features, such as putting forth a full mobile-first vision for buying”…  Anyway, they have raised $4 million in growth equity, the funding led by Southern California based private equity firm Ally Holdings. They’re growing at 100% a year apparently – the next Coupa, maybe?


Two different reports this week that can’t help but make you think. The Daily Telegraph published a “shock horror” piece about UK public sector wages saying that “more than 700 civil servants, officials and 'quangocrats' earned more than £100,000 last year”. Terrible, isn’t it? Over half of those earn between £100K and £142K, the Prime Minister’s salary. There were various outpourings of outrage at this, but meanwhile, it was also reported in the Guardian that a very similar number of professional services firm Deloitte partners (721 to be precise) will receive an average payout of £822,000 this year as “consultancy revenues surge”.  Oh, and by the way, Yaya Toure gets £240K A WEEK for not playing for Manchester City.  Draw your own conclusions about who “deserves” what.


OK, if you cook pasta, this is going to change your life. Nothing to do with procurement, I hear you say? Au contraire, this is a great money saving and planet saving tip (energy use). You just need to stir your pasta for a minute or too once the water is boiling – but then you can take the pan off the heat and just leave it to stand for the 10-15 minutes you need, depending on the pasta! You don’t need to maintain the rolling boil that we were all told was essential. And it really works. We’re lucky enough to have an Aga so I put the pan in the bottom warming oven once it has boiled but it works just left on the bench. And you don’t even need a big pan of water – just enough to cover the pasta. Revolutionary. I can’t find the article I saw that gave us this information so apologies for that but it does work!


We’re still coming down from Reading Festival - intoxicated by the music, nothing else I should say – and the BBC now has various sets and tracks available if you want to watch some of the highlights. Here are Strong Asian Mothers on the BBC Introducing stage – this was their only song really before they had technical issues (his laptop wouldn’t work)! But a great song to do if you only have one. And as a bonus, Paris Youth Foundation (from Liverpool) who we also loved.

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