We support the senior procurement managers of international groups in innovation projects, creation of divisions and optimization of external expenditure.

Our consultants work with procurement directors, area managers and project managers to structure or secure the implementation of special projects (optimization plans, strategic partnerships, cross-functional or international projects) and sustain divisions (organizing the system, rolling out standards and creating new categories).

Our consultants have developed recognized expertise in :

  • Organizing procurement divisions
  • Optimizing usage policy
  • Qualifying and implementing long-term expenditure reduction plans
  • Implementing strategic partnerships
  • Regrouping activities and implementing shared services centres

Our skills are brought together in a group specializing in sourcing, purchasing and procurement challenges. It draws on cross-functional expertise generating feedback and sharing best practice :

  • An experienced team with adapted skills (sourcing, purchasing, procurement, etc.)
  • Tailored methods to meet the particular needs of our clients (management seminars, baselining, closed-file reviews, etc.)
  • Analysis of developments in procurement (demand management, efficiency plans, procurement-management control synergies and "procure-to-pay" scheme, vendor management, etc.)

Over the assignments, the group has developed its knowledge of numerous procurement categories, particularly: technical assistance, training, property, temporary work, document logistics, means of payment, debt collection, professional services, information technologies, transport and travel.

We have worked with several public and private stakeholders. Our consultants are involved in assignments in France and internationally (Germany, Italy, Russia, Eastern Europe and more).

Success story
1.
Creating a procurement division of an IT affiliate

The context :

The senior managers of a banking group's IT system wanted to organize and structure its procurement activity to address the specificities whilst preparing the rollout of the group's procurement standards.

WHAT WE DID :

We analyzed the group's IT expenditure, mapped the players and carried out interviews with all the stakeholders in the procurement process. Our consultants submitted several organization models to the members of the Management Committee, then helped them select the target model.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Our work developed the coverage and effectiveness of the company's procurement; created a division covering the entire procurement cycle (from sourcing to purchasing); brought the group's procurement processes in simple categories into widespread use and developed procurement expertise in strategic categories (IT services, software and outsourcing).

2.
E-grouping of the procurement of seventeen teaching hospitals

The context :

Seventeen teaching hospitals came together to acquire an e-procurement solution. The main challenges of this transformation were to obtain productivity savings in supply processes, comply with the regulatory framework for paperless procurement and facilitate devolved management.

WHAT WE DID :

We carried out a benchmark and a cost study to examine the possibility of a shared solution. We assisted the selection of the solution (operational model, specifications, help selecting the service providers, definition of contractual relations between members of the grouping and suppliers). Finally, we supported the implementation of the selected solution.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Our work made it possible to shorten the hospitals' supply chain, from demand to reception. The project provided common grounding for applying framework agreements at the level of the Uni H.A. healthcare consortium. The success of this initiative led to further shared projects.

3.
Optimizing a banking group's debt collection activities at European level

The context :

Central debt collection divisions carried out a project to improve the performance of debt collection activities in a dozen European countries. The Procurement Division chose Colombus Consulting to optimize the debt collection scheme (service providers and processes) and evaluate the possibility of selling debt portfolios.

WHAT WE DID :

We analyzed the current scheme and identified avenues for improving performance at every stage of debt collection. Our team supported the qualification, sourcing, calls for tender, negotiation and contracting phases in all the target countries. We paced the initiative, oversaw the communication and managed the project to reach the milestones on budget and on time.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Our work made it possible to implement outsourced debt collection solutions in thirteen European countries, reduce the risk in all countries and develop debt collection within claims proceedings for increased efficiency.

4.
Implementing an e-procurement platform for an international group

The context :

On completion of a tool pilot, the group wanted to launch an e-procurement solution in all its procurement categories.

WHAT WE DID :

We organized the move from the pilot phase to rollout (assistance with developing and formalizing the target processes and change management). In a context of transfer and overhaul of the organization and IS procurement projects, our teams supported the definition of operating models and production of the services agreement between the Procurement Division and its internal service provider (Information System Division).

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Our work made it possible to launch the tool in all procurement categories. It contributed to clarifying the responsibilities associated with operating the tool and organizing projects between the Procurement Division and Information System Division.