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What to do in your first 90 days leading a procurement division

 

Sanet.jpgChanging jobs or even organisations can be daunting. Managing the change is a strategic process requiring a strong sense of visionary leadership, a clear picture of the objective and reasons and a strong process of communication and involvement.

Sanet Shepperson, a Procurement Executive at Cell C, provides a ‘play book’ on how to walk in, take the reins and lead a procurement department.

Updated 'Supply Chain Management Compendium' endorsed by SOEPF and CIPS

 

DouglasBoateng_515x800.JPGThe State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) have endorsed the second edition of the much-anticipated Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms. Containing thousands of supply chain management terminologies, Professor Douglas Boateng’s Compendium provides an all-inclusive compilation of procurement and other aspects of supply chain management related information.

“SOEPF seeks to share best practices related to procurement and supply chain management – Prof. Boateng’s Compendium offers our members a useful tool through which such practices can be shared,” commented SOEPF Chairman Dennis Mlambo.

2014 SCM salary trends: Men earn 29% more than women!

 

BullishSupplyChainSalaries.jpgTech-Pro’s Salary Survey 2014 highlights how growing demand for skilled Supply Chain practitioners is improving career and earnings prospects for procurement, logistics, planning, supply chain and consulting staff, in this month's SmartProcurement.

Why do some cross-functional teams fail? 5 critical success factors

 

TooManyCooks.jpgUsing a cross-functional team in a strategic sourcing exercise for a key commodity is the accepted and preferred way to go, many teams having delivered successful outcomes. However, it is no assurance of improved performance. But what causes a less than successful outcome? Elaine Porteous asks in this month’s SmartProcurement.

5 ways to maximise procurement value through networking

 

ProcurementConferencing.jpgAdvocacy of the procurement and supply chain function should be actively pursued by all in the profession. Conference like Smart Procurement World 2014 are where you and your peers come together to hear how and why this is vital for the growth of acknowledgement, skills and capacity for all in these roles as well as maximise your company’s procurement value.

5 'hows' to improve the perception of procurement

 

ElainePorteous.jpgWhy does procurement struggle with its visibility or status in the organisation? Elaine Porteous asks in this month's SmartProcurement.


"There may be many reasons," she says.
 

The procurement function may have:

• not aligned itself with the organisation’s strategy and goals;
• not identified its most important stakeholders;
• not taken relationship building seriously; or
• failed to establish its identity and credibility through results.


We must be able to do better with developing our internal relationships for the benefit of the sustainability of the organisation.

Buying Telecommunications? Avoid long-term agreements

 

Developments_telephony.jpgDramatic changes expected in the South African telephony market over the next few years mean buyers of telephony and IT services (fixed line and mobile) should avoid long-term agreements with their current service provider(s), keep on top of market offerings and understand the changing need of the businesses they serve, says Purchasing Index’s (PI) Alan Low in this month’s SmartProcurement.

E-tolling: logistics industry needs less emotion, more transformation

CobusRossouw.jpgAlthough e-tolling will affect the logistics industry in a number of ways, the spotlight is almost inevitably on the increased operational costs this will produce.   For logistics companies, however, the reality is that e-tolling could prove beneficial, says Cobus Rossouw, President of SAPICS.

5 Procurement risks that need to be made visible

Risk Grid.jpgEconomic uncertainty and slow growth in many sectors of the South African economy has focused senior management’s attention on improving efficiencies in their businesses. Measuring risk is integral to managing how efficiently organisations expend their money: ‘risk’ covers the management of internal processes around expenditure and the behaviour of management and staff, Alan Low of Purchasing Index (PI) tells SmartProcurement.

Demystifying corporate procurement cards

Procurement card.jpgIn today’s business world companies are cognisant of the cost of procurement. Traditional procurement processes tend to exacerbate the cost of purchasing company supplies. One government department realised, after doing an assessment of its procurement costs that it was incurring an expense R730 to obtain a padlock worth R9,80.

Ethics ignorance is not bliss

Ignorance_of_ethics.jpgIn a world of immediacy, it is imperative for the procurement and compliance functions to work closely with suppliers to ensure that conduct throughout the supply chain does not overstep ethical boundaries. Abrie de Swardt, IMPERIAL Logistics Marketing Director tackles this tough topic for SmartProcurement.

Managing escalating fuel costs

fuel gauge.jpgWhile the fuel price may have dropped by 11c last night, a future of higher fuel prices means organisations must proactively control their fleet finances.

Quick wins to boost this year's savings

quick wins.jpgWe’re into September, which leaves you only four months to meet your savings targets for the year.

Where can you deliver savings in the remnants of 2011? There are still cards in your hand, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Know your key procurement customers and their roles

Douglas MacGregor.JPGOrganisations may have targeted certain industries, markets or regions as a customer base, but have they thought of the roles within the organisations they are targeting? One area a lot of companies overlook is the dynamics of the purchasing process within their target market, Douglas MacGregor of SuppDex tells SmartProcurement.

Warehousing in China? Challenges to consider

China warehousing.pngThis month SmartProcurement publishes the second article in a series considering China’s warehousing options, as presented in a report by C.H. Robinson Worldwide. This month considers the challenges of warehousing in the world’s second largest economy.

Determine upfront how good a supplier is before signing the contract

Douglas MacGregor.JPGMost organisations have experienced a supplier who committed to a deadline and then failed to adhere to it or claimed to have certain skills and knowledge in-house, which in the end it could not provide. Douglas MacGregor, MD of supplier service benchmarking company SuppDex tells SmartProcurement that contacting a prospective supplier’s other customers offers a way of assessing service delivery.

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