Category Management & Strategic Sourcing

Decrease your Time to Value with Access to Category-Specific Subject Matter Expertise

Creating value that drives competitive advantage – through cost optimization, risk mitigation, revenue growth, or operational agility – requires deep domain subject matter expertise.

Our ecosystem of subject matter experts enables you to quickly identify the opportunities that maximize the impact of procurement and can support your team with targeted insights and coaching or manage an entire project on your behalf.

Experts are pre-vetted to ensure they have the knowledge and experiences that you need, and are assessed against our Procurement, Inc. approach. We partner with boutique consulting firms and independent subject matter experts, and match our experts based on your specific project need.

You always have final say on the selected expert, and Art of Procurement retains full responsibility for their performance.

Our approach provides you with the benefits of a fully built and scalable team of experts without the burden of contracting and managing the performance of each individual. Our experts leverage the principles of our Procurement, Inc. framework, ensuring that their performance is aligned with your corporate objectives.

The Art of Procurement Difference

On-demand access to a network of the leading procurement category experts in the world.

Our Experts are deployed for you leveraging the principles of our Procurement, Inc. framework, ensuring that their performance is always aligned with corporate objectives.

Our Expertise Spans the Following Areas of Spend

Data & Financial Services
Facilities
HR Services
IT Hardware & Software
Logistics
Marketing & Print
MRO
Outsourcing
Professional & Legal Services
Travel

We mobilize our extensive network to identify resources for industry-specific expertise where it does not currently exist within our pre-vetted ecosystem.

We Support You with a Range of Service Offerings

Category Strategy
  • Category opportunity assessment
  • Category plan development
  • Virtual category management
Strategic Sourcing Advisory
  • Sourcing project opportunity assessment
  • Sourcing strategy validation
  • Supplier response & negotiation strategy
Strategic Sourcing Execution
  • Requirements development
  • RFP development & administration
  • Sourcing project management
Performance Management
  • Contract longevity assessment
  • Supplier performance improvement
  • Supplier value enhancement

Category Management & Strategic Sourcing Resources

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.

What Can We Help You Achieve?