4 CPO futures

MatthiasGutzmann_100.jpgProcurement is under immense pressure to transform and reinvent itself. The role of the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) and their teams in the future will look very different to how it looks today.

Matthias Gutzmann, Founder of Digital Procurement World, chatted to some procurement leaders and the conversations that ensued suggest that CPOs are at a turning point with four potential paths to follow: up, over, down or out.

4 key steps to writing sustainable procurement policies

Sustainable_200.jpgDeveloping sustainable procurement policies is an important and worthy goal for any organisation or business. It is not just about buying the eco-friendliest products out there - sustainable procurement means taking the social and economic influences of purchased goods and services into account, along with their environmental footprint.

Through sustainable procurement, your organisation can build resilience and become future-proofed through increased efficiency and effectiveness. Policies will benefit your bottom line and help you to manage supply chain risks, so it is a win for your business as well as for the planet and the people on it.

So, where do you start? And, more importantly, how can policymakers know what sustainable or 'green' procurement even means?

A framework for developing SCM professionals

IngridDuBuisson_100.jpgBy Ingrid du Buisson

South Africa currently ranks 61st out of 137 countries within the 2017/2018 Global Competitive Index (World Economic Forum, 2017). One of the Index's main critiques against the country is its inadequately educated workforce, which re-affirms the critical role of education and skills development.

It is imperative that the country ensures efficient and effective skills development and training delivery within industry, informed and driven by industry demands, within a clearly-devised strategy that partners with all role players within the economy.

It is within this context that progress is being made on a framework for the development of supply chain management (SCM) professionals within South Africa.

What makes a high-performing procurement team?

HighPerformingTeam_100.jpgBy Abby Vige

How do you build and nurture high-performing teams?
Recently, I realised that my management brand is being built whilst I'm busy planning how I want to be a better manager. In other words, it's the small daily interactions of how I show up in the world that count, not the long-term plans yet to be actioned.

Big gestures show your leadership style, sure, but where people really form an opinion about the type of leader you are is how you greet them in the morning, how you handle stress, how you help them when they are stressed, how you organise yourself and the team in small ways. Also, how you back them when it counts or if you back them at all.

I realised that I am working in the opposite way to how I have been generally managed in the past and the management styles I have seen around me. If building high-performing teams is seen as a strength of mine, what is it that I do?

First, let's get back to the basics...

Brexit can right the wrongs of public procurement

brexit_100.jpgBrexit has delivered some issues, no doubt about that. It has also presented a massive opportunity to put right a lot of what is wrong with public procurement.

"This is, indeed, a chance to establish the foundations of public procurement policy and to enable contracting authorities to drive real value for money, cost effectiveness, continuous development and innovation into the public services for the communities they serve", writes David Salters, Director of Procurement, Greenview Group.

Transparency in supply chains and blockchain: what is the most common trap?

Bertrand_Malteverne.jpgBecoming aware of blockchain's weak spots is an important first step towards taking full advantage of what the technology really has to offer

By Bertrand Maltaverne

Policy changes pin hopes of economic transformation on government procurement

AndrewMolver_100.jpgChanges made to South Africa's government procurement policy are aimed at relying more heavily on public procurement as a tool for increasing the pace of economic transformation and urgently addressing socio-economic imbalances owing to South Africa's pre-democratic past.

This was largely performed through the implementation of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2017, which introduced a number of significant changes.

Join us at Smart Procurement World for insight into supply chain management (SCM) in a municipal environment. Andrew Molver, Partner at Adams & Adams, will be looking at the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) and whistle blowers as well as discuss the joint and several liability protections that exist for SCM role players.

Procurement processes are not exempt from ICT progress

MosesManuel_100.jpgFrom a broader point of view, development in information communication technology (ICT) has radically changed the manner in which people conduct business. Speed of communication and information exchange mean that you can offer real-time answers to customer enquiries, process transactions and convert potential leads into paying clients.

"The procurement process is no exception to these changes", says Moses Manuel, a lecturer in business, legal and development-related studies and founder of the Zerite Network.

June PMI up, but weak demand limits recovery potential

Headwind_100.jpgThe seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 46.2 index points in June 2019, up from 45.4 in May 2019. "The average level for Quarter 2 of 2019 was 46.3 points, below the level recorded in Quarter 1 of 2019", said the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in a statement.

In contrast, available official statistics suggest that quarterly manufacturing output is set to rebound strongly in Quarter 2 after a dismal first quarter. "However, part of this rebound is driven by a normalisation in output after load shedding disrupted production earlier in the year", explained BER.

Procurement perspectives: corruption thrives on secrecy in government procurement

StephenBauld_100.jpgInconsistency in procurement processes is prevalent. In many published articles on a variety of topics, corruption is much like a mushroom, it thrives in the dark.

The benefit of competition is well-recognised by economists but, to a large extent, concern around public procurement processes is based more on the concerns of political science rather than on those of economics.

"The goal is to avoid corrupt practices", says Stephen Bauld, a government procurement expert.

From the backroom to the boardroom: the rise of the Chief SCM Officer

DouglasBoateng_100.jpgGlobal directional-level corporate and policy decision-making corridors are going through unprecedented changes. These dramatic shifts have been largely influenced by the increasing importance that boardroom executives attach to supply chain management.

Today, the skills and knowledge of supply chain management professionals are increasingly being utilised, with forward-thinking executives and policy makers now officially accepting the Chief Supply Chain Management Officer as a member of the C-suite.

Drawing on a sample of international organisations, including Fortune 1000, FSTE 250 and JSE 100 companies, as well as public-sector organisations with a combined revenue or spend of well over a trillion USD, the study by Professor Douglas Boateng [1] examined directors' understanding of the strategic importance of supply chain management and, in particular, the increasing boardroom role of the Chief Supply Chain Management Officer.

Join us at Smart Procurement World Indaba in September for a panel discussion on 'Driving a Procurement Mandate and the Professionalisation of the Function - the need to rebuild, professionalise and license the procurement professional in South Africa' >>


 

 

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