Procurement Excellence distinguishes best-in-class purchasing organisations that are aligned with the corporate strategy and meet the highest standards of effectiveness, efficiency and competence. With a process model that translates the purchasing strategy step by step into operational activities and is embedded in the company's business process model, purchasing can increase its value contribution and effectively cushion price increases. On the one hand, purchasing costs should be reduced, on the other hand, process costs should be lowered (Fig. 1: Levers and tasks of purchasing).
The levers of Strategic Purchasing lie primarily in shaping the framework conditions: these include material group and supplier strategies, negotiating framework agreements and managing the supplier portfolio. In cooperation with Product Development, Strategic Purchasing can influence manufacturing costs through the degree of standardisation of suppliers and materials. Up to 80% of these are defined in development.
Operational Purchasing is geared towards efficiently ensuring availability. Consistent responsibilities, clear roles and highly efficient processes also enable the implementation of modern "digitalised" concepts.