Developing a UK Procurement Team from Grass Roots Level

Posted on November 9th, 2012 by

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Business profile

A FTSE 350 manufacturing company providing refrigeration services to leading UK supermarkets. 

Business challenges

The main challenges were to:

  • convince the Main Board of the merits of developing a Strategic Sourcing function
  • create a team of the right calibre from internal and external resources
  • develop the business plan and then deploy appropriate category strategies
  • implement a performance measurement regime
  • reposition supply chain expectations through robust conditioning and negotiations
  • maintain momentum ensuring stakeholder engagement throughout.

What we did

Our programme

  • put all practices, policies and procedures in place
  • introduced measurement criteria for savings and transformation
  • allocated categories, chartered buyers, introduced accountability
  • developed team competencies through ongoing workshops and accreditation towards the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

Business impact

A number of benefits to the business were realised, including:

  • auditable cost reductions of 17% achieved in year 1
  • ROI in excess of 12:1
  • a realigned supply chain that is more responsive, dynamic and results-orientated
  • a Strategic Sourcing function that has also helped the business with winning new work.

Client Testimonial

“We have used SpringTide for a number of years; without doubt they are able to deliver sustainable business improvements.” – Head of Procurement