Strategies for Supply Chain Procurement Leaders

Improve supply chain sourcing and supplier management operations

Support an increasingly competitive marketplace

Supply chain procurement leaders face continuous pressure to optimize costs while supporting increasing customer demands and agility. Yet in their endless pursuit of cost savings, organizations often create unnecessary supplier risks — e.g., pushing away suppliers whose unique capabilities may be critical to their business success.

Supply chain risk poses great concern to most organizations. 89% of participants in a recent Gartner survey said they experienced a supplier risk event in the past five years.
New risks emerge with increased complexity, impact and velocity. Most leading organizations tackle this challenge with automated risk assessment and monitoring. Speed, accuracy and awareness are crucial.

Koray Kose

Senior Director Analyst, Gartner Research & Advisory

How we address your top challenges

Supply chain procurement leaders must move beyond short-term cost management to leverage supplier capabilities to their maximum advantage in a structured and segmented fashion. This involves aligning supply chain sourcing strategies, driving stakeholder engagement, and setting and communicating the right metrics internally and externally to drive the right behavior.

Winning in the Turns: A Sourcing Action Guide

Sourcing and procurement leaders responsible for direct material sourcing must start pushing their teams now to make sure they are prepared to implement plans, make course corrections and are ready to accelerate out of each turn.

Define Your Risk Appetite to Create a Resilient Supply Chain

Chief procurement officers who create a comprehensive risk appetite statement will enable teams to mitigate and utilize risk to maximize value creation and drive business success.

Cost Optimization Playbook for Sourcing and Procurement Leaders

Cost optimization is a fundamental responsibility for sourcing and procurement leaders in supply chain. This research provides a framework and top ideas to optimize costs through both short-term tactical improvements and longer-term transformational changes.

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