10 Step Procurement Transformation, Part II

PurchTips edition #165


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What Steps Complete A Procurement Transformation?

Part Two of our step-by-step guide to procurement transformation is designed to ensure your new organization is successful and sustainable!

6. Define Performance Metrics - Metrics are needed to assess transformation performance against goals. Choose published metrics whenever possible. Comparisons against credible sources (e.g., NLP, CAPS, Hackett, etc.) can help evidence your success as well as identify areas for improvement.

7. Structure Your Organization to Support Transformation - Fully centralized procurement organizations are not the right answer for every company. Consider the geographical and Business Unit needs as well as the complexity of the goods and services being sourced before deciding on the final organizational structure.

8. Develop Standardized, Optimized, and Documented Procurement Processes - Detailed, yet understandable documentation is essential to the survival of your transformation. Without it, your hard work can quickly become undone as old habits return. Involve key "influencers" in process improvements to avoid transformation rejection.

9. Create Policies to Support Transformation - Policies should clearly state who in the organization is allowed to commit company funds and what process has to be followed to do so. Limit the number of authorized agents and establish clear spend limits to reduce maverick buying.

10. Continually Review and Refine - Review your original goals and progress made with key stakeholders after 90 days and at least twice per year thereafter to ensure continued alignment. Refine your procurement transformation plans and keep the focus on continually increasing the value delivered.

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