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Use specialized consultants in purchasing

Use specialized consultants in purchasing

Purchasing organizations quickly reach their limits when in addition to their traditional activities, also have to shoulder the burden of strategic/conceptual tasks. Temporarily bringing outside consultants is a proven approach to solving this dilemma.

'Purchasing requires creativity and can't get bogged down in ritualized rounds of negotiations with regular suppliers.' This is something TMG purchasing expert Spencer ten Brink knows from many years of purchasing and consulting experience, particularly for companies in the automotive industry and machine construction. If purchasing adopts the function of improved order handling instead of cooperating consistently with other relevant company divisions to optimize the supply chain, then in the TMG consultant's opinion, it is no longer doing what is required of it in today's business environment. In situations like this, targeted, temporary engagement of highly qualified outside specialists can bring 'fresh air' into purchasing. 'Then it is possible to tackle strategic/conceptional issues that otherwise have no chance of being brought to fruition under the strain of day-to-day business.'

Depending on the task and the specific situation in which the company hiring the consultant finds itself, a qualified consultant should be able to take on various roles. In addition to the fresh expert know-how from research and practice that outsiders can bring to such projects, his qualities as a coach an analyst particularly come into play.