Procurement is moving forward, with trends such as centralization of the function and the addition of a more developed strategic focus into the department's core mission becoming increasingly mainstream. Despite the major progress that has been made over the past several years, there continue to be roadblocks that must be overcome in order to preserve the momentum with which the department is moving forward, and solidify its role as an architect of the business's overall direction.
Key topics include:
• The structure of the procurement department and prominent challenges
• Contract management and the allocation of time to indirect spending
• Using GPO to meet the ever present need for savings
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