Procurement Transformation

Leading a diagnostic assessment of the procurement and commercial approach for a UK University, with the objective of transforming Procurement’s contribution.

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The Problem

  • The client’s team was lacking the skill sets required to deliver the future vision.
  • The team’s visibility was limited and proactive engagement with clients or suppliers was lacking.
  • The transactional tendering processes in place were seen as reactive, governance driven and offering limited added value.
  • The client was lacking key strategies and policies, as well as supplier relationship and contract management being limited.

The Solution

  • In partnership with the client, we developed an organisational design and business case for strengthening the team based on a business partnering approach.
  • We established interim leadership whilst a new team was recruited, with the objective to be visible, motivated and engaged with future strategy.
  • Working in partnership, we helped to design key strategies and policies focused on a risk-based approach, as well as the Design Contract and Supplier Management toolkit.

The Impact

  • A new team with ‘can do’ attitude was recruited and step change in contribution has been acknowledged by the Executive Board.
  • Implementation of a Business Partnering approach with a procurement pipeline was embedded.
  • The new procurement strategy and supporting policies in place were redesigned using a risk-based approach, driving maximum value and improved student experiences.