Procurement

Independent management consultants specializing in procurement

Clients seeking external support to drive procurement initiatives rely on independent management consultants in the Umbrex community. Over 90% of our procurement consultants are alums of McKinsey, Bain, or BCG. The majority have also held procurement roles in industry.

How we help clients with procurement

Identify vendors, solicit bids, negotiate, and implement new agreements

Create strategic vendor partnerships to reduce cost and complexity

Minimize complexity, measure and drive compliance 

Procurement experience at top firms such as:

Procurement Analyst

Sr. Manager, Procurement

Chief Procurement Officer

Sr. Manager, Global Logistics Procurement

Group Head of Procurement

Americas Head of Indirect Procurement

Chief Procurement Officer

Global Procurement Packaging Director

Sr. Manager, Global Logistics Procurement

Director, Global Category Procurement

Industry examples of procurement projects

Automotive

For one of the top five automakers, led negotiations for $1B purchasing package with a global powertrain controller manufacturer. Reduced annual unit costs by 19%.

Consumer Packaged Goods

For a Fortune 50 CPG company, directed global category procurement operations, end-to-end value chain analysis, and supplier relationship program management. Saved $67M through strategic sourcing initiatives.

Energy

Served as procurement advisor to an Independent System Operator in the U.S. Supported ISO on the development of their energy storage assets. Facilitated complete procurement process including vendor evaluation, selection, and contract negotiation.

Healthcare

Implemented strategic sourcing initiative at a system of 16 hospitals. Shifted the bulk of medical supply purchases from 1000+ suppliers to a single distributor. Changes resulted in a $7M (22%) decrease in annual distribution expenses, $11M (45%) reduction in inventory, and improved service.

Pharmaceuticals

Led the corporate procurement team of a pharmaceutical company. Supervised negotiations and category management processes resulting in $300M in annual savings.

Retail

For a luxury clothing retailer, led RFP process, achieving 18% decrease in spend on component and accessory items and 29% cost decrease in corrugated packaging.

Telecommunications

For a cable operator in southeastern Europe, reduced costs by 35% through supplier negotiations and re-specifying the customer-premise equipment to a lower-cost model.

What clients say

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Useful resources on procurement recommended by our members

  • National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Society for Corporate Governance
  • International Corporate Governance Network
  • Business Roundtable

How to get started

1

Tell us about your project

2

Interview candidates

(We’ll provide bios within 48 hours on average)

3

Select your consultant and start work

Find a procurement consultant

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