With 40% of an organisation’
The twenty strong debate saw leading Yorkshire industry figures, included Tim Brannon from University of Leeds, Malcolm Taylor from DWP and Faye Barker from Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, debate the future sector challenges at Royal Armouries in Leeds.
Tim Brannon, Head of Procurement for 7,000 employee strong University of Leeds, commented: “Procurement needs to align itself with organisational objectives and be seen as credible, adaptable and non-bureaucratic to ensure buy-in.”
David Hames, Chairman of Science Warehouse, a UK leader in web-based purchasing solutions and round table host, said: “Faced with a challenging economic environment, cost reduction remains a priority for the majority of organisations. However, the ‘Battle for Procurement’
“To secure a second wave of benefits beyond simple cost reduction, procurement best practice needs to be part of the culture of an organisation, from the top to the bottom. Delivering that needs the business to invest intelligently in top talent and training .”