9 tips to keep your procurement career on track


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Many people think about their career goals only when they start looking for a new job, or at their annual appraisal, but ongoing career planning and management is vital for any procurement professional.

Nicky Taberner, Director at Hays Procurement & Supply Chain, gives her top tips for keeping your procurement career on track.

8 ways procurement can radically reduce costs

 

GibsonSibanda.pngProcurement-managed expenditure accounts for an average of 65-75% of many organisations’ outflows. Tough economic situations, therefore, require procurement professionals to continually implement and manage cost reduction programmes.

As many organisations continue to search for ways to reduce costs, there should be an agreed and well-defined programme for and by supply chain professionals to cut costs. Gibson Sibanda (MCIPS), general secretary of CIPS Zimbabwe branch, outlines eight initiatives and contributions that procurement practitioners can adopt to reduce and contain costs, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Buyers must know what is made locally before they can consciously 'buy local'

 

PhillippaRodseth.jpg“Buyers need to understand the importance of ‘buying locally’ and have the ability to identify locally manufactured products. By doing so they actually buy back jobs,” said Philippa Rodseth, Executive Director of the Manufacturing Circle.

Speaking at an Economic Policy Dialogue hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Rodseth said that there is a need to educate consumers to know what is locally produced when making a purchase. She said it is a strong move towards full scale industrialisation and inclusive growth.

Do current ESD practices work?


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The Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) element of the revised BBBEE Codes has made it clear that providing only financial and non-financial support to small suppliers and SMMEs is no longer sufficient.

Considering the imperative that the ESD element places on strategically engaging with suppliers, Christa Bonnet, founding member and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Difference Makers, has found a worrying level of ‘missing’ knowledge among organisations and BEE specialists alike.

P-Cards' detailed transaction information unmatched by corporate cards

IanHendry2.jpgIf you think a P-Card gets its name from the material with which it’s made, think again…

A P-Card or purchasing card is a charge card that allows the cardholder to purchase high-volume, low-value purchases without going through the hassle, and incurring the exorbitant costs, of generating a purchase order.

With an ordinary CorporateCard, the amount of information reflected in the statement is fairly simple. You’ll see the date of transaction, the name of the supplier and how much was spent. But procurement staff need far more detail, which is why purchase orders are generated and invoices retained, says Ian Hendry, Corporate Card Product Manager at Nedbank Corporate Card.

To transform procurement, stop thinking about procurement

 

IanGeorge.jpgMaking a significant impact on an organisation and its key stakeholders is statistically likely to end in failure: it is a pattern that has been repeated for decades and the reasons are many and complex. However, by applying some key strategies, the potential for success can be improved significantly, writes Ian George, from the Procurement Leaders Network and Transformation Lead at ProPar consulting, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

10 things to consider when selling performance improvements to government

 

StephenBauld.jpgIt is important to understand the process procurement managers go through before they will take the risk to adopt a new product for use in a municipal setting. Not only is it the many rules, regulations, bylaws and municipal documents, it is also how government procurement personnel react to new ideas related to goods and services.

“For government it relates to past performance in other municipalities, or some assurance that the good or service will be measured against some standard that is used to make sure the product is equivalent to what they are using at the present time,” says Stephen Bauld, President & CEO at Purchasing Consultants International in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Failing to identify supply chain risk is a business risk in itself

 

DavidNoble.jpgA procurement and supply function that does not have a good understanding of how to identify, mitigate and avoid supply chain risk is itself a significant risk for an organisation.

This is just one of six internal risk influencers highlighted in a CIPS good practice guide for developing end-to-end supply chain resilience in organisations.

“With the risk landscape getting bleaker, supply chain professionals should be talking more about resilience, any negative impact on how consumers perceive a business can rattle around for years,” said David Noble, CEO of CIPS.

PMI up by 2.4 points


ClearSkies.jpgThe Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reversed October’s losses and rose by 2.4 points to 48.3 index points in November, reports the Bureau for Economic Research.

Despite the improvement, this was the fourth straight month that the index remained below the neutral 50-point mark, suggesting that factory sector output growth remains under pressure.

SA logistics "over performs", says global survey

 

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South Africa ranked 20th out of 160 countries in the LogisticsBarometer2016 and is classified as a logistics over-performer when compared with its peers on the logistics performance index (LPI), which provides a comprehensive measure of the efficiency of international supply chains.

Unlike other countries on the African continent, South Africa’s logistics industry has the advantage of a more-developed transport infrastructure, says Friedel Spies, Business Development Director at ID logistics South Africa, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

When processing an invoice costs more than the purchase... P-Card is your answer

IanHendry2.jpgIf you’re spending 80% of your effort processing purchase orders for 20% of your spend, it may be time to change tactics.

You can deliver real savings by diverting low-value, high-volume transactions through a Purchasing Card or P-Card, ideal for companies that want complete visibility and control of their spend, and also need to streamline their purchasing processes, says Ian Hendry, Corporate Card Product Manager at Nedbank Corporate Card.


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