We pride ourselves on the depth and breadth of our category and functional knowledge and expertise. Our ‘Category Expertise Programme’ ensures that we continuously build and strengthen our capabilities: categories and their characteristics do not remain static and neither do we.

We work with organisations to deliver sustainable, long term benefits.  Our team is made up of individuals with skill sets including procurement, supply chain, business transformation, Lean and Six-Sigma. Our experts are supported by project management and analysis specialists.  We also provide a range of customised tools to manage, track and deliver robust savings programmes.

  • Cost Reductions Programmes
  • Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Operations Efficiency Improvement
  • Business Transformation and Organisation Change
  • Programme and Project Management
  • eProcurement
  • Tail Management
  • Contract Audits
We provide a detailed assessment of what level of savings is realistic as well as how to achieve these cost savings without impacting on service or quality. Opportunity identification also provides a roadmap to savings delivery, prioritising large and quick opportunities, and explains what needs to be done, in which categories of spend, in order to deliver the greatest level of savings. We draw on our extensive benchmark database and robust analytical and optimisation tools to quantify benefits and compare organisations to best practice.

  • Cost and Value Modelling
  • Opportunity Diagnostic
  • Product and Process Cost Review
  • Spend Analysis
  • Insight and Innovation
  • Cost Transformation Strategy
  • Implementation Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
We have a range of solutions to ensure that savings are locked in to organisations.  Our innovative procurement managed service enables organisations to achieve more value from their procurement department.  In addition, our range of tracking and business performance tools enable companies to better manage their cost base.

  • Business Performance Measurement and Reporting
  • Supplier Performance Management and Relationship Management
  • Capturing and Tracking Savings in the P&L
  • Procurement Managed Services and Outsourcing
  • Systems Optimisation and Implementation including, Sourcing, ERP, P2P

From the outset we hire experienced consultants who can demonstrate knowledge and exceptional expertise in one or a number of categories.
4C conduct some of the UK’s largest on-going benchmarking studies across both the public and private sectors and have access to a wide range of up-to-date pricing in most spend areas. We carry out numerous bespoke benchmarking projects for our clients to ensure they are able to understand and access the most competitive pricing for their individual requirements.
A structured development path along which employees develop their knowledge, are measured on it and are recognised for it. The development path begins at Category Support level and continues up until the level of Category Director.
Team ‘knowledge-share’ days focusing on a specific category, are regularly held to share and build upon the latest thinking and technology.