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Procurement staff 'prioritise corporate strategy over savings'
Aligning operations with corporate strategy remains the most important priority for procurement staff, according to an industry report.
Research carried out by Information Services Group on behalf of procurement services firm GEP revealed that 32 per cent of purchasing staff identify strategic alignment to other business as their key priority.
This places this issue ahead of delivering on cost reduction targets, which was chosen by 26 per cent of poll respondents, while other priorities include driving business support for procurement.
Meanwhile, it was also suggested that many procurement divisions are worried about skills gaps in their teams, a problem that may be exacerbating the problem of procurement being brought into the contract negotiation process too late.
A commentary attached to the report said teams should "have the right talent to engage with the business proactively and build strong peer relationships with economic and technical buyers".
Earlier this month, a poll carried out by Supply Management revealed that procurement managers currently still feel they retain the upper hand over suppliers when it comes to agreeing deals.
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