Delivery Models Future of Procurement Trends

043: What are Procurement’s Blind Spots and How Can We Address Them?, with Chris Sawchuk

This week is Big Idea Week on the Art of Procurement – a mini series of shorter interviews with procurement thought leaders ahead of their participation in the Procurious Big Idea Summit.

In today’s interview, I talked with Chris Sawchuk.  Chris is a Principal, and the Global Procurement Advisory Practice Leader at The Hackett Group.  Chris and I focused on the findings of Hackett’s 2016 CPO Key Issues Study.  As part of the conversation, we touched on CPO priorities, how world class procurement organizations are becoming trusted business advisors, and the need for CPO’s to focus on agility in times of rapid change.

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“We need to ask our stakeholders ‘what are you focused on’? Let them talk about themselves, and then we can go back and figure out how what we can do to help them.” 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The top findings of The Hackett Group Procurement Key Issues study – what are procurement’s objectives in 2016?
  • The most important factor that determines if you will be able to transition your procurement organization to become a trusted business advisor.
  • How procurement leaders can being to build agility into their organizational design by using new and varied delivery models.
  • The number one thing that Chris suggests procurement professionals do today to increase the value they deliver for their stakeholders.

Procurious Big Idea Week:

To sign up to be a digital delegate at the 2016 Procurious Big Idea Summit on April 21st, check out the Summit website, here.  To listen to other interviews with Big Idea Summit speakers, find them here.

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About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.

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