Procurement Excellence

Increase the value contribution to the company's success sustainably through an optimized procurement function

The requirements towards a modern, competitive and future proof procurement organization are diverse. We support you in mastering these challenges: from strategic questions concerning the future setup of your procurement function or category and supplier management, to the implementation in your organization, your processes and IT systems And all this in individual optimization initiatives, as well as in holistic transformation projects in procurement. Seven elements form the core of our Procurement Excellence approach.

Procurement strategy

Increase value contribution with tailored procurement strategies

We increase the value contribution of your procurement organization with a tailored procurement strategy that addresses the future challenges of your procurement organization. Our experts support you with a large number of field-proven methods and tools:

  • In the analysis of the maturity of your procurement function using standardized Quick Checks,
  • with innovative impulses for the development of future-oriented target picturesfor your procurement organization and
  • in transforming strategic objectives into actions and an implementable roadmap.

Category management

Manage categories strategically and supply-market-oriented

Strategic category management ensures supply security and the ideal cost level for external expenses for your company:

  • We analyze your spend data.
  • We indicate optimization potential for cost reduction in categories.
  • We bring in our proven cost-engineering methodology.
  • We develop company and industry-specific category strategies and
  • implement optimization measures in collaboration with your team in a sustainable and measurable manner.

Supplier management

Design, control and develop supplier portfolios holistically

With our holistic supplier management, we design, control and develop the supplier portfolio and supplier relationships of your company. It should be understood as a continuous process, complemented by targeted risk management. We support you in the

  • Selection, assessment and development of your suppliers - on a strategic and operational level
  • Design and introduction of targeted contract management solutions
  • Development of an optimized supplier risk management to secure your supply chain

Digitization and IT systems in procurement

Optimally support procurement processes with digital solutions

Digitization and IT systems offer a broad range of possibilities for your procurement organization so that it is optimally positioned for the future. Key words such as Supplier Collaboration Clouds, Robotics, Spend Data Analytics or Big Data are now  what everyone is talking about. Our team of experienced experts supports you in the following areas:

  • Development of a digitization strategy and clear guidelines for the digital transformation of your procurement function (based on a SAP or non-SAP IT infrastructure)
  • Development of innovative digitization use cases in cooperation with the Horváth & Partners Steering Lab
  • Selection and implementation of e-Procurement solutions (e.g. SAP Ariba, Coupa, SynerTrade, Jaggaer, Tradeshift or Amazon Business)
  • Optimization of the usage of existing IT systems in procurement

Procurement processes and organization

Sustainably anchor transformation in procurement

Through efficient processes and effective organizational structures, your procurement function remains capable of acting. We enable sustainable solutions that address industry and category specific, geographic and strategic aspects. Our focus is not only on the procurement-internal collaboration, we also anchor cross-functional solutions that make the cooperation with other interface functions and suppliers purposeful:

  • We support you in procurement transformation projects, in order to optimize your operating model holistically.
  • We analyze, standardize and optimize your processes (Plan-to- Strategy, Source-to-Contract, Purchase-to-Pay as well as all support processes in procurement).
  • Together with you we develop tailor-made organizational structures on a global, regional or local level.
  • We support you in the context of Shared Service Centers (SSC) or Outsourcing Projects (BPO) in procurement.

Procurement Performance Management

Manage the procurement performance strategically and operationally based on a clear target system

Managing the procurement performance strategically and operationally is the key factor in successfully running the function in times of increasingly volatile procurement markets and increasing internal change processes. With the help of a consistent performance management and controlling concept, procurement performance and success becomes transparent and the impact on the P&L becomes visible. We support you

  • to select and define suitable and reliable key performance indicators (KPIs),
  • to design balanced procurement controlling and management systems and
  • to transform these into automated reporting solutions.

Competencies and employees

Ensure a sustainable foundation of knowledge in procurement

Optimization in your procurement organization will only have a lasting success, if the developed concepts and implemented systems are used by your management and employees in the daily business. We accompany your organization in the change process and support your employees by means of our proven change management approach:

  • We identify specific training needs based on holistic competency models in procurement.
  • We create needs-based training programs for a targeted development of employees in procurement and its interface functions.
  • We develop and conduct customer and recipient-specific trainings and seminars in procurement.
  • We support your procurement function during change projects with change management and communication concepts.