CPOs - becoming Board-relevant and building stronger relationships with senior execs

BillCrothers.jpgEven though the Procurement function is becoming critical to business success, it all too often remains seen as driving cost savings rather than being worthy of a seat at the Board table in determining and helping to drive broad corporate value.

However, working on the Board of Greensill Capital, a global supply chain finance specialist company, Bill Crothers, a former UK Government Chief Commercial/Procurement Officer, has seen how Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) can make a dramatically positive contribution to the balance sheet, work with their Treasury, Finance, and IT colleagues, and be much more Board relevant.

In this month's SmartProcurement, Crothers writes about how CPOs can build stronger relationships with senior executives and make a dramatic impact on their businesses.

Whose services are your really procuring?

ToniJackson.jpgThe workforce is fundamentally changing and it's increasingly important that you can access the skills you need when, where and how you need them. But with the increase in corporate usage of external workers comes additional challenges and risks. Toni Jackson, Director of APAC at Fieldglass, an SAP company, in Sydney, unpacks the implications.

Leadership Profile: Yogan Naidu

Yogan_Naidu.jpegThis month SmartProcurement profiles Yogan Naidu, from Woolworths.

Full name: Yogan Naidu

Position: Head of Procurement

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: A lot!

Who does P&SM report to: Group Finance Director

Digital innovation moves procurement risk and transparency forward

RudiKruger_2017.jpgThe act of obtaining or buying goods for business can be extremely complex. Compounded by numerous risks and time-consuming tasks, the additional pressures of procurement (like planning, supplier research, value analysis, price negotiation, contracts administration and inventory control) only add to the overall stress of the job. With so much to consider, the need for safe, efficient and reliable solutions to meet the demands of procurement are highly advantageous.

The changing face of the procurement office - a digital revolution

SarahGeorge.jpgBound by the challenges of reducing costs, managing supplier risks and ensuring financial and regulatory changes in policies, chief procurement officers (CPOs) have a tall order. Sarah George, ERP/EPM Cloud Applications Business Development and Product Strategy Manager at Oracle, unpacks the changing digital face of the procurement office, in this month's SmartProcurement.

Pushing the "easy button" on self-service sourcing - Q&A with Salesforce and Oracle's former CPO

GregTennyson.jpgGreg Tennyson is the CPO of VSP Global, where he leads transformative change. He is the former VP and CPO (source-to-settle and expense-to-settle) at Salesforce and Oracle.
In part 3 of the conversation with ScoutRFP, Greg talks tech and "self-service sourcing" in the final segment on changing sourcing behaviours.

Is fragmentation in corporate travel playing havoc with your policy?

EuanMcNeil_HS.jpgCorporates, suppliers and travel management companies (TMCs) need to work together to help improve transparency and reduce the impact of fragmentation on costs and efficiencies.

What is fragmentation? It's when staff try to book travel within their travel policy but are forced to access different sites to source that travel other than the company's preferred procurement channels and processes.

October sees 5 major PMI subcomponents increase

PMI_Oct2017.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) continued its upward trend in October 2017, rising by 2.9 points to reach 47.8. This was the third consecutive increase and brought the index to its best level since May 2017. Nonetheless, the PMI remained stuck below the neutral 50-point mark.

What is affecting procurement? Where is the profession going?

DuncanBrock_SPW.jpgThere's a lot going on. The changing and challenging times we currently face are probably greater than they've ever been. What is the implication for procurement? What do we need to keep abreast of and continually work on?

Duncan Brock, Director of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, offered his insights during his opening address at the SmartProcurement World Gauteng conference in September.

How to train your CEO to get what procurement needs

 

EnricoRizzon.jpgThe majority of CPOs are still reporting three levels down from the CEO. Enrico Rizzon, Partner, Procurement & Analytics, A.T. Kearney Australia outlines how procurement can build a strong business case!

Procurement leaders in large corporations face a tough business environment. Facing low growth, disruption, increased competitive pressures from well-funded private equity firms and nimble technology-focused innovators, the demand is growing for creative procurement services to deliver not only on cost improvements but also create new solutions that help the overall business strategy.

Influence of procurement departments on marketers

 

JohannaMcDowell.jpgAgencies working – or hoping to work – on major corporate accounts in the advertising, marketing and communications industry can no longer ignore or misunderstand procurement departments and their importance in winning both government and corporate clients.

Johanna McDowell, Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) managing director, warns that the B-BBEE Amended Codes of Good Practice released by the Minister of Trade and Industry in mid 2016 are designed to ensure that procurement is taken seriously by companies that intend to survive, in this month’s SmartProcurement.


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