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079: Going for Gold! The Role of Procurement in Delivering the Olympic Games w/ Gerry Walsh

By August 11, 2016 January 4th, 2019 No Comments

Procurement plays a pivotal role in the delivery and execution of the Olympic Games.  However, it was not always like that.  The organizing committee of the 2012 London Olympic games took the decision to invest in strategic procurement like never before.  The result: the success of team created a legacy whereby the IOC has recognized that procurement must play a pivotal role in the delivery of all subsequent Games.

I am joined today by Gerry Walsh, the CPO of the London 2012 games.  We discuss his and his team’s Olympic journey, including the key challenges his team faced, how they overcame them, and the extraordinary lengths that they went to, to ensure that the Organizing Committee fulfilled their CSR commitments.

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 “The team established a model for procurement that has never previously been done by an organizing committee. By proactively liaising with teams across LOCOG, it revolutionized the way procurement operates – Lord Coe.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why LOCOG decided to invest in strategic procurement
  • How Gerry and his team were able to win the hearts and minds of stakeholders to enable engagement
  • The key procurement challenges in delivering an Olympic Games
  • The importance of sustainability – and the lengths that his team would go to ensure that each supplier met the CSR requirements of the Organizing Committee
  • Why strategic procurement is now embedded into the delivery of subsequent Games

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Philip Ideson

About Philip Ideson

Philip founded Art of Procurement in 2015 as a way to empower procurement professionals at all levels to deliver change with confidence; whether from the inspiration of the popular weekly podcast that he hosts, or with targeted solution offerings that guide clients on their journey to transform the impact of procurement.