Strategic procurement organisations have unique opportunities to offer employees who demonstrate business leadership potential. Below are two key examples:
However, these opportunities cannot be realised unless procurement provides insights and results that the business cannot easily obtain.
Imagine for a moment trying to convince an all-star athlete to join your professional sports team. When the athlete asks for scouting reports and equipment, you tell him to "Google™" the other teams and figure out on your own whom to contact internally. Upon seeing your tools, he realizes the systems were better at his university. This is not unlike trying to attract someone with the ideal balance of strategic thinking, analytical category expertise and collaborative leadership using procurement tools that can’t provide timely and accurate information to manage supply relationships.
The situation is further exacerbated with the increased rate of baby boomers retiring, Gen X’ers raking management roles and Millennials entering the work force. The new generation of supply management professionals grew up with the Internet and expect access to sophisticated technology tools and market intelligence, especially given the rise of productivity objectives per headcount.
The good news is that a new generation of tools are available to help supply management professionals mitigate risks to their supply chains. Failure to take advantage of the latest technology and market intelligence may become a risk in itself, creating not only short-term supply challenges but a long-term talent management crises.
It’s safe to say the most often-cited reason for not investing in supply management technology is cost, but in the end, how much is lost not only in traditional savings but also in the multiplier effect top talent can bring to an organisation? Back to the sports analogy: Getting the all-star athlete to sign without access to robust technology will be at best difficult, and retaining them unlikely. Why should we expect all-star business talent to be different? There are numerous case examples documenting significant ROI with supply management tool investments, but the value goes beyond traditional unit price or staffing savings. Repositioning your organisation as the place for top talent to get ahead should be a critical part of the technology investment discussion.
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