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Getting the Most from Your Procurement Team: Unlocking Strategic Value

In the dynamic world of business, procurement teams are often the unsung heroes, quietly driving efficiency and value. However, the full potential of these teams is frequently untapped due to tactical burdens such as payment issues. At Hummons Consulting, we believe in empowering procurement teams by shifting these tactical responsibilities to specialized shared services teams, thereby freeing procurement professionals to focus on strategic initiatives. This blog post explores the transformative impact of giving procurement a seat at the decision-making table and how it can lead to remarkable gains for your organization.

The Tactical Quagmire: Why It's Holding Back Procurement Teams

Traditionally, procurement teams spend a significant portion of their time resolving payment issues – a task that, while important, does not leverage their strategic capabilities. This focus on tactical, transactional activities can lead to a reactive approach, preventing these teams from engaging in forward-thinking, value-added activities.

The Solution: Transitioning to Tactical Shared Services

The first step in unlocking the strategic potential of procurement is to offload these tactical tasks. By establishing a tactical shared services team dedicated to handling operational functions such as payment processing, invoicing, and vendor queries, procurement teams can redirect their focus towards strategic objectives. This transition not only improves efficiency but also elevates the role of procurement in the organization.

The Strategic Imperative: Giving Procurement a Seat at the Decision-Making Table

Why It Matters

Procurement teams, with their deep understanding of market dynamics, supplier capabilities, and cost management, are invaluable in strategic planning. When given a seat at the decision-making table, these professionals can provide insights that drive innovation, cost savings, and risk management.

The Benefits:

  1. Enhanced Strategic Sourcing: With a focus on strategy, procurement can identify and collaborate with suppliers who offer not just the best prices, but also innovation and quality, leading to a competitive edge.

  1. Risk Management: In today’s volatile market, procurement teams can play a pivotal role in identifying and mitigating supply chain risks, ensuring business continuity.

  1. Supplier Relationship Management: Strategic procurement involves nurturing long-term relationships with key suppliers, fostering collaboration and joint value creation.

  1. Data-Driven Decision Making: Procurement teams are rich sources of data. When involved in high-level decisions, they can provide data-driven insights that can inform broader business strategies.

Case Study: A Success Story

At Hummons Consulting, we recently worked with a client who struggled with procurement inefficiency. By transitioning their tactical payment tasks to a shared services team and integrating procurement into strategic decision-making processes, they witnessed a 20% increase in procurement-led innovation and a significant reduction in supply chain risks.

The Future of Procurement

The future of procurement is strategic. By removing the burden of tactical tasks and ensuring procurement has a voice in key decisions, businesses can unlock tremendous value. This paradigm shift not only elevates the role of procurement but also drives overall organizational success



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