This presentation will focus on developing the sourcing strategy as a fundamental and logical process involving the application of tools by skilled, competent, and knowledgeable purchasers. Simply put, our focus will be on the “how to” in developing a sourcing strategy. Are you experienced?
Topics that will be addressed include spend analysis, categorizing the best opportunities for sourcing group profiles, Porter’s Five Force Model and Sourcing Grids, establishing sourcing group portfolios and supplier portfolios, using the proper RFX format for sourcing, and making strategic sourcing the focal point for supplier negotiations. Participants will view “good practice” examples of the above.
If you find yourself “walking the tightrope” with a strategic sourcing initiative or an ongoing effort, you’ll get valuable information in developing your sourcing strategy. With our five phase approach, we will discuss the following “how to”:
1. Develop sourcing strategies differentiated by expenditure category and based on market dynamics.
2. Deeply involve end-users in sourcing for knowledge and buy-in.
3. Apply a rigorous sourcing approach that examines internal needs against supply market options to find the lowest total cost.
4. Challenge specifications and usage patterns to ensure that each expenditure is providing the best value for the company.
5. Identify, analyze, select, and negotiate with strategically advantaged suppliers, not just the ones with the lowest price today.
This presentation will conclude with a presentation review that can refine your understanding of the factors, tools, and guidelines you need to make your sourcing process more effective and more profitable for your organization.