How procurement has changed in Ireland

Darragh McCarthy 26.11.2013
The National Procurement Awards take place on December 4th and Morgan McKinley are proud sponsors of two catergories on the night:
  •  the Procurement of 3rd Party Services / Goods (Outsourcing)
  • the Excellence in Public Private Procurement SME'
 
Other awards on the night will include:
  • Overall Excellence in Procurement
  • Best Procurement Team
  • Green Procurement Award
  • Procurement Leader' and 'Best Use of Technology'

 

(We all know how much procurement people love their categories!)

 
Looking at the nominees for the awards there is no doubt that procurement has come a long way in this country.
 
Morgan McKinley celebrate 25 years in business this year and we've been working with procurement and supply chain professionals since the beginning. There is no doubt that procurement as a function is one which we've seen grow massively in strategic importance over the last 25 years.
 
When we think about what procurement leaders look for in their team, it's fair to say that the ability to negotiate and the ability to cut costs is always important. What is becoming more important however, is the ability to drive not just reduced rates and increased margins, but other important things such as improving delivery in service, improving vendor led innovation and improving customer care.
 
The ability to create win-win scenarios with vendors rather than simply beating them down on cost is what defines the best in procurement. Driving competitive advantage is an absolute must, but doing this by working closely with strategic partners is what drives company success.
 
Morgan McKinley would like to wish all of this year's nominees the very best of luck, and best wishes for 2014. 
 
To read further details on the awards click here.
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Associate Director
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