10 Signs of a Modern Purchasing Department
PurchTips - Edition #94 February 21, 2006
By Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
How Modern Is Your Purchasing Department?
The purchasing function has changed dramatically over the last several years. And it continues to change and evolve
almost daily. This edition of PurchTips contains 10 characteristics of modern purchasing departments. Use it as a
If your department doesn’t meet each criterion on this list, don’t be discouraged. Instead, use this checklist as a set of goals to which you aspire. So, without further fanfare, here are 10 signs of a modern purchasing department…
- The head of purchasing reports directly to the CEO of your company
- Your department is responsible for procurement in “non-traditional” spend areas such as healthcare benefits, fleet management, facilities and construction, temporary labor, and travel
- Purchasing is actively involved in senior management level, long-term strategic planning
- The purchasing staff is responsible for manually placing only a small percentage of your organization’s purchase orders
- Logistics and inventory functions either fall under Purchasing on the organizational chart or are integrated into the work of purchasing staff
- Maverick buying is a thing of the past
- When dealing with large, frequently used suppliers, no paper is exchanged between the time that a need for a product or service is defined until the time that the supplier receives payment
- No major sourcing process is conducted without the use of a cross-functional team
- You are buying from global sources and measuring non-domestic spend as a percentage of total spend
- Your department has social responsibility goals and measurements in place
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Spotlight On Professional Development Opportunities
What is the secret to a rewarding purchasing career? How are purchasing professionals like you earning:
- High-level job opportunities?
- Great performance evaluations?
- 15% raises?
You don’t have to wonder any more! We have added a new section on our site called “SPSM CertificationSM Success Stories.” In this section, you can watch video slide shows and listen to real-life purchasing professionals tell you how their ambition and achievements helped them have more rewarding careers.
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The Latest Purchasing News!
- Since the last edition of PurchTips, at least 4 new jobs preferring candidates with the SPSMSM Certification have been posted at www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/jobs
- Rares Tristan Hojda, a purchasing supervisor from Timis, Romania, won the $30 gift certificate to Amazon.com in our “Link To Us Contest!”
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