My #1 procurement career tip: be connected

IanColcroft_100.pngBy Ian Holcroft

As you move forward with your career, remember that it is not just about the number of connections that you have - it is about the quality of your connections. As the old adage goes: it is not about what you know, but who you know.

As the majority of us spend more time working from home in the 'new normal', being connected is more important than ever.

How can Procurement best align with Finance right now? A CFO perspective

AlignProcurementAndFinance_150.jpgRight now, as the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll on jobs, consumer spending and the global economy, many businesses are scrambling to adjust to a new financial reality. They are also coming to terms with the fact that the path to recovery remains long and mostly uncertain. Experts, including Deloitte, predict that the United States (US) economy will not bounce back until mid-2021. The Bank of England is anticipating slower recovery, as late as the end of 2021, for the United Kingdom (UK).

Within organisations, the Chief Financial Officer's (CFO) voice is one of the most critical during a crisis. But contributing directly to a firm's financial resilience is the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), who has a strategic role in leading a firm through the tough times ahead.

Spend Matters spoke with a CFO who has many years of experience across corporate finance and public accounting, and is currently the CFO of spend management firm Jaggaer. Spend Matters asked Jeff Laborde how he sees Procurement and Finance best working together to drive benefits across a business, given their natural overlap in priorities and responsibilities.

Procurement in a pandemic: top tips for tricky issues

AmyRyburn_LisetteHood_200.pngBy Amy Ryburn and Lisette Hood, from commercial and public law firm Buddle Findlay

Procuring organisations (buyers) are currently grappling with a number of tricky issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, including issues relating to both live and planned procurement processes.

Buyers who are facing significant uncertainty, or who are without the resources to effectively staff procurement processes at this time, are faced with difficult decisions, such as whether to continue with live procurement processes or whether to commence new ones; what to do if procurement processes are cancelled or delayed; and whether and how to address the influence of COVID-19 on tender documentation (in relation to the tender process itself and the contract that is released - in particular any proposed force majeure clauses).

How can maverick spend hurt your company?

MaverickSpend_150.jpgRogue purchasing can cost you plenty. PurchaseControl unpacks the implications of maverick spend and how you can tackle it.

Making headway in tail-spend management

TailSpend_200.jpgSupply management organisations have tended to ignore tail spend, considering it non-strategic. But as they realise the cost savings that can be derived, organisations are becoming more aware of their tail-spend management problems and are looking into solutions.

SMME Clinic | Financial compliance for small business is the key to support - Session 21

SMME Clinic interviews Annie McWalter, Managing Director of SAICA ED and the Hope Factory, who shares great insight into how the COVID pandemic has shown the importance of compliance for SMMEs.

Women push to deliver more while juggling work and life amidst COVID-19

AkashniWeimers_100.pngBy Akashni Weimers

We have all encountered some degree of awareness, whether by experience or otherwise, of the challenges that women have faced in attaining positions of power and influence in key positions. At its core, many of these challenges are attributed to the ability of a woman to balance her work role and life.

COVID-19 poses a major threat to achieving/maintaining this balance. While working from home may have cut out the morning rush, or the frustrations of finding new nemeses within traffic jams on the daily, it has also replaced this 'extra' time with homework prep, online schooling and doing the laundry...all while ensuring that your toddler is not found swinging from a lampshade; and that breakfast is ready on time (phew!).

Alexander the Great needed great supply chains

MilitaryLogistics_150.pngPopular history tells us that Napoleon said "an army marches on its stomach".

However, he was not the first military leader to understand that combat is only one part of a successful military campaign.

Alexander the Great's 'greatness' was not owing to his ability to dream up bold moves and cut a dashing figure in the saddle: he was a master of supply chain management and could not have succeeded otherwise.

COVID-19: a run-down of the effects of the pandemic on logistics and supply chains

AmbrishKumar.jpegBy Dr Ambrish Kumar, Founder, LogYcode Tech Solutions

The COVID-19 outbreak that engulfed nations across the globe is forcing governments, national and international authorities to take unprecedented measures, such as the lockdown of cities and the restriction of people's movement to check and control the spread of the pandemic. This, consequently, affected global trade and supply chains, which, in some industries, came to almost a standstill.

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge

#SSP_100.jpgImagine a world, where all people thrive on our planet. A world, where the immediate threat of climate disaster has been avoided and where global businesses have evolved their business models to support a responsible and low-carbon economy.

"Whilst it seems a bit far-fetched looking at today's realities, this world vision is possible and the millions of procurement professionals distributed across the planet are mission-critical in making this come true", says the movement behind the Sustainable Procurement Pledge, or #SPP, on social media.

Living in interesting times: procurement 2020

PartProcure_100.jpegBy Nicolette Emmino

We were not even at the end of Quarter 1 of 2020 when tariff wars seemed to be the least of our problems. Even before the coronavirus started to disrupt supply chains, procurement analysts had identified several things to watch out for and necessary transformations that needed to happen within the procurement world.

Here are a few things procurement professionals should be focussing on within their organisations this year:


 

 

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