Elevating the impact of procurement
Procurement professionalized in an era where optimizing supplier spend meant an obsessive focus on price while acting as an internal gatekeeper against non-compliant purchasing practices.
While this may be important for some companies, we believe that procurement has the potential to make an even bigger impact. By skillfully aligning the power of the supply base with the needs of the stakeholders they serve, procurement can be a competitive differentiator.
But it isn’t easy, and it needs a modern approach. One that positions procurement as a strategic services business within a business, rather than a functional silo.
We created Art of Procurement to help procurement professionals and teams challenge the status quo and fully align their performance with corporate objectives.
No Jerks. Build relationships that last.
Be the Catalyst. Discover the art of the possible.
Love the Game. Bring passion to all you do.
Take Pride in the Journey. Every interaction matters.
Take Action. Create your own momentum.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Philip Ideson, Managing Director
Philip Ideson is the Founder and Managing Director of Art of Procurement. Prior to Art of Procurement, Philip led procurement transformation, category management, and sourcing programs for clients of Procurian and Accenture. Previously, Philip was Head of International Procurement, Sourcing & Third Party Risk Management at Ally Financial.
Kelly Barner, General Manager
Kelly Barner is the General Manager of Art of Procurement. She worked in procurement as a hired services analyst and a consultant before becoming one of the most well-known independent writers in the space.
Our subject matter experts and consulting partners include:
Data, Financial and Professional Services
Contingent Labor, HR Services
Chemicals, Plastics, Procurement Transformation
Real Estate, Travel and Corporate Services
Environmental, Professional Services, Transformation
Leadership and change management
Organization design and procurement transformation
Leadership and change management
IT Services, Hardware, Software
IT Networks, Software, Hardware
Telco, Cloud Storage
Five years of innovation, fuelled by a mission to transform the impact of procurement.
While in pursuit of ways to help procurement professionals confront the status quo, Philip found a kindred spirit in Kelly Barner, long time procurement consultant and Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point.
Kelly and Philip joined forces to create The Procurement Revolution, a virtual, week long, TED-style event that challenged procurement professionals to stand up, speak out, and drive change.
With a growing community forming around the Art of Procurement philosophy, Philip and Kelly launched Palambridge, an offering to help procurement leaders access expertise on-demand from a pre-vetted ecosystem of SME’s and procurement service providers.
Palambridge was almost 10-years in the making – Philip had first mapped out this model while leading a procurement BPO project in India in the late 2000’s.
After pitching the idea of a microlearning platform for procurement professionals to an Art of Procurement client, we received the go-ahead to build a pilot program for over 400 procurement professionals. This early version became The CatalystCo Platform (TCP).
Launched in mid-2018, TCP helps procurement professionals take action and put into practice what they have learned and what they already know. A new umbrella company was created – CatalystCo – to serve as the vehicle for all of our learning and development initiatives.
We took a step back and realized that while all of our brands – Palambridge, CatalystCo and Art of Procurement – were launched to help procurement professionals deliver change with confidence, our business structure was confusing.
In January 2019, we consolidated all of our brands back into Art of Procurement, with Palambridge becoming AOP Experts On-Demand and The CatalystCo Platform renamed Nudge, by Art of Procurement
Procurement’s traditional frameworks have enabled the rapid growth of the profession. Advances in technology and changing organizational needs mean that, alone, they no longer enable procurement to maximize its potential impact.
So, in January 2020, we launched Procurement, Inc. It’s a framework that codifies the actions that the leading organizations are doing to align procurement performance with organizational objectives and is built into all Art of Procurement service offerings.
We’re Proud of our Clients
Head of IT SourcingCapital Equipment Company
“Art of Procurement impressed me from our first conversation. They brought qualified people to the team with deep knowledge of the market space and the appropriate technical expertise. Managing a project of our size, geographic distribution and complexity, and tight timeline was not an easy undertaking but their project management and business partnering approach had the entire team marching to the same beat.”
Head of ProcurementHigh-Growth Saas Company
“One of the things I really appreciate about working with Art of Procurement is their flexibility. We’ve had many, many changes to scope but the AOP team is really committed to successful outcomes and they understand that sometimes things can be a bit dynamic.”
Head of ProcurementPremium Quick Service Restaurant Chain
“The Art of Procurement team helped me see the full scale of our opportunity to transform procurement, communicate it to my team, and build a plan for action.”
Head of Procurement Capability DevelopmentGlobal Pharmaceutical Firm
“I am inspired by the fresh perspective Art of Procurement brings to each engagement.”
Head of Indirect ProcurementLeading Technology Consumables Firm
“Philip Ideson is not like a typical procurement consultant that focuses on process, or technology alone. He puts people, and relationships, first. His approach is to demonstrate how procurement can help stakeholders achieve their business objectives. Seeking and building alignment really helped my stakeholders feel like, in procurement, they had a business partner.”