Procurement

Crimson & Co offers a wide range of strategic and operational procurement services which drive performance improvement. We work across all industry sectors and both direct and indirect procurement categories.

We believe that procurement is a key value driver for a business and underpins successful operation of the entire supply chain. Our approach reflects our role as a leading end-to-end supply chain consultancy and we use our extensive experience to leverage savings beyond the traditional procurement scope. Our procurement consultants are experts in their chosen field who have also been developed to work in the wider supply chain through work in non-procurement projects. The result is that we think differently about clients’ procurement challenges and deliver innovative solutions.

Our holistic approach to procurement consulting means that we typically save between 7% and 15% during a strategic sourcing project. This is not achieved by using our eight step strategic sourcing model alone; it is a combination of putting the right strategy and organisation in place and, furthermore, developing our clients’ capabilities so that these savings can be sustained.

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Procurement Strategy – Global Drinks

  • Organisation design for newly aggregated team in UK and Australia
  • Objectives linked to wider organisational goals and measured with KPIs
  • Strategy to release $24m savings across 7 categories created
  • Scalable solution which can adapt as the company grows

Company Cars – UK Leisure

  • Savings of over £500k (13%)
  • Single lease provider selected via e-auction with open book costing
  • Simplified policy with greater choice
  • All cost modelled based on total cost including environmental impact

Supplier Development – European Cosmetics

  • Redefined portal usage to make demand data clearer from suppliers
  • Trained materials planners in supplier development activities
  • Created a framework for supplier development
  • Implemented supplier improvement plans across directs categories to improve service

scprime® People Capabilities – Global Drinks

  • Defined capability gaps for client with new global planning and procurement functions
  • Aligned to HR strategy
  • Carried out benchmarking, identifying development opportunities
  • Produced training materials to support wider development plan

Temp Staff – European Pharma

  • Savings of over $500k (14%)
  • New single source agreement with pan-European provider
  • 2nd tier agencies for specialists
  • Free training and induction of staff

Procurement KPIs – Global Beverages

  • Standardised global KPI definitions
  • Designed data needed and KPI dashboard for use by operations improvement team
  • Defined reporting mechanism at local, regional and global levels
  • Set targets for improvement by region

More sector-specific case studies can be found here:

Drinks
Life Sciences
FMCG