To support the client to achieve the collaborative initiatives within the Regional Delivery Partnership, we provided seniorprocurement and commercial transformation services. This was focused upon guidance and leadership, strategy setting and project prioritisation.
We supported regular Task and Finish Groups, settingterms of reference for the groups, such as strategic sourcing and innovation. The regularity of the meetings ensured that they remained task and outcome focused, and Barkers supported indriving the projects forward where necessary.
It was necessary to take a balanced approach to achieve defined outcomes. We were mindful that resource levels of the Design Integration Partners were limited given they have additional priorities and workloads in other areas. To assist with this, we worked with senior management to secure resource allocation for the group.
The group is dependent on the Design Integration Partners taking the lead and ultimately managing all the key priorities themselves. To help them achieve this, Barkers engaged in a programme of mentoring the various supply chain partners, many of whom are in early stages of their careers. The result of this has been excellent, and we have witnessed fantastic individual development.
An inherent challenge to this group is that all members are in effect competitors, so naturally do not wish to work together. To alleviate this fundamental barrier, we have spent time with the group to build relationships and encourage collaborative behaviour. We have been able to demonstrate the benefits to them in doing so. As an example, within the strategic sourcing element, 11 suppliers came together to achieve a significant deal. The group are now collaborating on 3-4 other categories, having witnessed the benefits of this approach.