The Supply Chain Management Review recently published an article on the top 10 signs that your organization needs a talented chief procurement officer. They were all good reasons, but they kind of suggested that you needed multiple reasons to hire a CPO. The reality is that you only need one reason, it’s very straight forward, and it almost needs no explanation. In fact, most of you will get it right away, so we’ll give it to you straight away, and you can stop reading now if you like.
The Sign That You Need a CPO: Your organization spends over 10 Million a year.
That’s it. Easy, eh? No top ten list. No long winded explanations. No complicated requirements. Just one number. Just one check.
Why is it this easy? Simple. Good Procurement practices will save your organization at least 10% across the board, regardless of current market conditions. Why? Even if costs are going up, if best in class Procurement practices weren’t deployed in the past,
- even previously sourced categories will not have maximized savings
- the process will have been inefficient, which would have cost the organization time, resources, and opportunity costs on other categories
- most tail spend categories would have been completely ignored
- many orders would have gone out without POs
- most invoices would not have been closely checked, resulting in over-payments
- etc. etc. etc.
So, if you’re spending 10 Million, a CPO is going to save 1M at a minimum. That’s going to be 3X or more the CPOs fully burdened cost in a smaller organization. Simple calculation, simple rule.