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 | Dec 2018

Ep 07 Inside Procurement: how to stay focused on the strategic and not on the tactical?


In the final episode of this year’s Inside Procurement series, I cover a topic we often get asked about – how do I stay focused on the strategic and avoid spending too much time on the tactical?

Here are some of my top tips:

  1. Understand your key clients
  2. Think strategically about insourcing and outsourcing
  3. Be ruthless about priorities
  4. Measure individual performance through defined KPIs
  5. Create self-service assets and the toolkits for customers

Watch the full video to hear all my tips, and what you might be missing out on by not spending enough time on strategy.

Inside Procurement will be back in 2019, but as a recap in this episode, I talked about what constitutes a robust procurement strategy, and how to ensure that it is aligned to the overall corporate strategy, and here, I gave my take on the 10 essential factors that make for a world-class procurement strategy.

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  • Omer Abdullah

    Omer Abdullah is Chief Commercial Officer and Co-founder for The Smart Cube. He works with Procurement and Strategy leaders at global organisations, transforming their teams to become value-driven and insight-led.  Omer has more than 30 years of management consulting and global corporate and industry experience across North America, Europe, and Asia. His prior roles include A.T. Kearney (North America), Warner Lambert (USA), and The Perrier Group (Asia-Pacific). Omer has an MBA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA, and a BBA from the University of East Asia.