Procurement Strategy Basics

Procurement Software Best Practices

We often refer to the tools that empower our users to achieve their procurement strategy goals, but what if you don’t have a procurement strategy?

A procurement strategy can help you set the foundation for your company’s spending culture. The strategies you choose will guide employees to make decisions on their own and take a more active and empowered role in helping the company achieve their vision. Creating a strategy may sound intimidating, but your procurement strategy should be customized to your needs so it can be as simple or complex as you need it to be.

Start with what you know.

What budgets and restraints do you have in place already? What resources do you have available? How have you succeeded or failed in the past? What are the existing core values? What are the company’s objectives and vision overall?

Create purchasing goals with the company vision in mind.Procurement Strategy Plan

Your procurement strategy can will influence many other areas of the business. A company focused on quality will purchase differently than a company focused on savings and the effects will reach every department. One strategy is not right or wrong, it is about finding what is best for the organization. Establishing goals and vision will help your purchasers work as a united force.

Make an action plan.

With measurable, actionable goals and guidelines in mind, decide what actions you can take and procurement systems you can put in place to make your strategy and purchasing vision a reality. Your strategy is how you will achieve your goals.

Get the right players on board.

For a procurement strategy to be successful, it is important to get all right players on board. Share the procurement strategy in a way that is clear, concise, and relatable to all relevant parties.

Measure your success.

Analyzing the success of your procurement strategy is an important way to measure the validity of your strategy. Spend analytics can tell you if your strategies are providing the results you are looking for.

This basic process can get you quickly moving on building your procurement strategy. You can begin building a strategy now and continually improve to get better results.

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