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Building A High-Performing Agile Procurement Team: Key Strategies And Best Practices

Procurement teams play an essential role in ensuring that organisations have access to the right resources at the right time and price. However, traditional procurement practices can be slow, bureaucratic, and disconnected from business objectives. To address these challenges, many organisations are adopting agile methodologies in their procurement processes. Agile procurement involves breaking down silos […]

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McKinsey’s 10 resilience actions for CPOs “to craft a winning enterprise-wide response.”

The procurement function plays a crucial role in driving business success, but in today’s fast-paced and unpredictable business environment, chief procurement officers (CPOs) face many challenges. A recent article by McKinsey & Company, identified 10 key actions that CPOs can take to overcome these challenges and ensure the success of their procurement function. McKinsey says

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Supplier Diversity and Strategies for Success from Forbes

Supplier diversity is a growing trend that aims to ensure that businesses source their goods and services from a diverse range of suppliers.  This not only promotes inclusivity and social responsibility, but it can also lead to improved business outcomes such as increased innovation and cost savings.  In Australia, supplier diversity is gaining traction as

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StewartBrown locked in for Health and Aged Care Procurement Conference in Sydney on May 10-11

The future of healthcare and aged care is the focus of an upcoming two-day conference hosted by PASA in May featuring exclusive keynotes from StewartBrown, Johnson and Johnson, Bain & Co, KPMG and Uniting Care NSW.  It’s the 8th annual edition of the Health and Aged Care Procurement Conference to take place at Sydney’s Royal

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Former Head of Public Service Calls for Systematic Changes in Commonwealth Procurements

Dr Ian Watt, former head of the Public Service, has called for systemic changes to be made to the rules governing the $80 billion in annual Commonwealth procurements.  He warned that little has been improved in over a decade. InnovationAus reported, Dr Watt’s call for change came just hours before evidence was presented in a

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Procurement Salary Increases Expected to Cool Off: Tips for Job Seekers and Employers

The heady days of bumper salary increases in procurement could be cooling off, says procurement and supply chain recruitment specialists Cozens Mabel.  In its latest quarterly update, Director of Cozens Mabel Ilsa Cozens said the market remained strong for procurement but the 15-20% salary rises were expected to ease off.  For those who have moved

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VendorPanel and givvable join forces to drive ESG outcomes in procurement 

Two of Australia’s leading enterprise SaaS platforms have joined forces to launch an integrated procurement and ESG offering.  This partnership between source-to-contract procurement platform provider VendorPanel and givvable will allow organisations to leverage their procurement spend to drive positive sustainability and ESG outcomes, the two organisations said in a media joint media statement. VendorPanel and

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Podcast: How to stop shadow spend

Procurement’s aim for visibility and transparency is transformed into practical insight by data. Greater visibility enables procurement to maximize savings while ensuring the company can remain competitive in the digital landscape. When it comes to categories like cloud software, where buyers can act independently, visibility allows procurement to improve savings leverage and avoid “shadow spend”

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High-profile procurement role attracts 100 applicants

Competition is hotting up for a high-profile procurement manager role with a national organisation.According to LinkedIn, more than 100 applicants have applied for  Australia Post’s Procurement Manager role to lead and manage their Group Procurement team.  The Linkedin advertisement says the company is undergoing significant transformation in response to a rapidly changing commercial landscape. The

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Gartner: How procurement can tackle approvals to get the technology it needs

Less than 20% of procurement teams are getting the digital technology they need, research from Gartner reveals.  Gartner’s Jeremy Suter Director of Advisory says the profession is largely “self-sabotaging” itself by refusing to make the right case for procurement technology for fear of it being knocked back.  Gartner’s research revealed 24% of the tech the

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