August 3, 2023
Embracing the Future of Procurement: Rising to the Challenge

Embracing the Future of Procurement: Rising to the Challenge

In the rapidly evolving world of procurement, you stand at the forefront of an exciting transformation. The challenges bring unique opportunities for growth and improvement. New technologies are revolutionizing procurement, automating tasks, and providing deeper insights. The focus on sustainability and ethical sourcing also opens opportunities for creating value. The expectations are high, but so too are the opportunities for growth and improvement.

The Expanding Role of Procurement

The procurement function has expanded beyond its traditional boundaries and now plays a central role in shaping the strategic direction of businesses. From cost reduction and profitability to ethical sourcing and risk management, it has the opportunity to make a difference in every part of the business. Instead of being a side function, the procurement function can become a central part of the company that is involved and influences strategically.

Overcoming Challenges with Innovation

We acknowledge that the workload is increasing. Administrative tasks may seem to consume your valuable time, and the pressure to renew contracts and manage them effectively is ever-present. But remember, every challenge presents an opportunity for innovation and improvement. And there are new types of digital systems that can help you unload unnecessary items from your desk, giving you more time to work proactively.

The Increasing Workload: A Look at the Numbers

A survey conducted by The Hackett Group predicts that procurement organizations will face a workload increase of 10.6% in 2024, despite encountering reduced resources in terms of personnel and budget. This indicates the growing challenges procurement professionals are expected to tackle while juggling limited means. This highlights the need for more streamlined and efficient procurement processes.

Best Practices from "Best in Class" Companies

In the face of these challenges, companies recognized as "Best in Class" by Aberdeen Group renew 56% of their contracts annually, showcasing the importance of actively managing contractual agreements. Furthermore, these leading companies store an estimated 78% of their contracts in a searchable and centralized database, compared to only 34% for other organizations. This demonstrates the value of leveraging technology to improve contract management and enhance overall procurement efficiency.

The Importance of Compliance

In today's business environment, non-compliance with regulatory requirements can result in severe penalties. Procurement professionals must, therefore, ensure they are well-informed about relevant laws and regulations and maintain compliance throughout the procurement process.
It's also not uncommon for the contracting company to have to take responsibility if the supplier acts unethically, despite the existence of contracts specifying the standards the supplier should meet. This emphasizes the importance of regularly checking that what has been agreed upon is indeed being carried out in the manner agreed upon. To effectively do this, good, continuous, and structured communication is required, which can be facilitated by technological solutions.

Rising to the Occasion

The increasing demands on procurement are a testament to its growing importance in today's globalized and digitized world.

Key Areas for Success and Continuous Improvement

--> Continued Education and Development: Participate in further education and professional development to enhance skills and knowledge.
--> Utilizing Technology: Use digital tools and platforms to automate and streamline the procurement process.
--> Establishing Strong Supplier Relationships: Build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers, this includes mid- and tail spend suppliers that sometimes are neglected due to resource constraints.
--> Focus on Ethics and Sustainability: Incorporate and continuously secure ethical and sustainable requirements in procurement decisions, both for new and existing supplier relationships.
--> Risk Management: Use a systematic and structured approach to identify and manage supplier risks.
--> Regulatory Compliance: Stay updated on relevant laws and regulations and ensure all purchases comply with these.
--> Transparency: Strive to create and maintain a high degree of transparency in the procurement process.
--> Adaptability: Be agile and flexible, ready to change your strategy when circumstances require it.
--> Data Analysis: Use data analysis tools and techniques to optimize the procurement process, identify potential and drive business results.
--> Understanding of Global Markets: Stay updated on global trends and developments.
--> Communication Skills: Develop strong communication skills to build and maintain relationships and communicate effectively within the organization and with suppliers, including digital tools to reach wide and secure traceability.

You're Not Alone

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. We are here to support you, feel free to reach out for an unconditional meeting (
So, let's roll up our sleeves and get ready to take procurement to new heights!
Here's to your success!