Universities

Deliver more value with our vast University experience

Procurement in Higher Education has a significant opportunity to drive value, if setup in the right way for success. We understand Universities through our work with Australian Universities Procurement Network and have deep experience across the sector. ​

We have direct experience of working with over 50% of the entire sector in Australia, and our experience gives us access to a wide range of learnings from other universities on the right operating models for procurement and category management to deliver more value through procurement. Our experience spans:​

  • Spend and Data benchmarks​
  • Procurement models​
  • Category analysis ​
  • Trends and best practice ​
  • Transactional efficiency ​
  • Category structures
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Challenges procurement leaders face in Universities

Leadership & Influence

Influence across the c-suite is often challenging with many universities struggling to gain traction and sell the benefits of procurement.

People & Skills

Procurement not seen as a professional function with many other stakeholder groups involved in procurement.

Organisation

Balancing centralized v decentralized organisation structures to get the right balance of procurement efficiencies whilst retaining local agility and business unit understanding.

Process & Governance

Procurement processes need to be robust, however frameworks are often complex and seen to slow down stakeholders. Goal is to meet probity requirements whilst retaining agility.

Suppliers

The high number of diverse suppliers in universities makes supplier and contract management challenging.

Technology

Many universities struggle to create the business case for technology investment due to lack of visibility of spend data and benefits.

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Setting Up Procurement for Success

Universities are complex organisations and the way that procurement is set up is central to its success in delivering better value and efficient processes for stakeholders.

 

Savings Programs

We have deep expertise in procurement across the higher education sector and we can use this experience to identify opportunities to drive better value from specific categories or across the entire spend portfolio.

 

Setup Category Management

Many universities struggle to implement category management structures and processes due to the complexity of the organisation. We have worked with many universities to design category management that works in the context of the sector.

 

Provide Spend Visibility

We have developed a wide range of procurement analytics solutions which are used across the sector to categorise and visualise university procurement spend better – to give transparency to what we spend and to identify areas to deliver more value.

 

Procurement Framework

We have worked with many of the major universities to design procurement frameworks that are simple, efficient, adaptable and agile.

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