We recommend to start either with Category Management or with Procurement Development, or drive both activities in parallel as both activities support each other.
Starting with Category Management: Select several key categories and up to 15 procurement professionals for the initial project. Cirtuo will coach and support you in the introduction of its unique and proven methodology and introduction to the software. We deliver 3 workshops, 2 days each, within the first three months of the cooperation. Procurement professionals (e.g. Category Managers, Lead Buyers) practice on their own categories during the workshops. The workshop outcome leads to a developed analysis, category strategy and initiatives. This expert coaching for the procurement team has been proven as the most effective approach since we are able to transfer considerable know-how in a short period of time. The initial project consists of 6 workshop days, as described. We then recommend making a 2-4 coaching days follow-up in the first year to ensure the proper usage of methodology and software.
Starting with Procurement Development: Initially, we agree on the best practice questions to use for the online assessment. We offer a predefined 8-chapter questionnaire, which is customizable upon your request. Then Cirtuo consultants explain the procurement stakeholders (the procurement team and optionally – internal clients) how to answer the questions. Approx. 2 weeks are given to complete the questionnaire and then Cirtuo and your procurement leadership team analyze the answers, conduct the analysis and develop a procurement strategy as well as a transition plan for procurement. If needed, the results and the initiative plan can be presented to the management and / or selected procurement stakeholders.