Interim Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)

Interim Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)

Interim management is an effective managerial solution for companies of all sizes to deal with an unprecedented situation, a managerial emergency or to accelerate their transformation.

MANAGERIM, expert in interim management, provides you with interim managers specialized in purchasing management everywhere in France, Europe or further internationally (Africa, Asia, Middle East...).

Our community of purchasing managers includes top and middle management transition managers (group purchasing director, production and non-production purchasing manager, project purchasing manager, central purchasing director, site or plant purchasing manager, family buyer, etc.) with:

  • solid experience in operational management of the purchasing function
  • sectorial expertise
  • leadership and good organizational skills
  • an excellent knowledge of negotiation techniques and of all the tools and solutions available on the market for purchasing management: e-procurement, e-sourcing, outsourcing...
  • a good handle on the different purchasing levers (segmentation, massification, reduction of the supplier panel, global sourcing, competitive bidding, benchmarking, make or buy, co-innovation, partnership, TCO approach, etc.)
  • an international outlook
  • skills in auditing the purchasing organization and assessing the maturity of purchasing
  • expertise in purchasing performance improvement approaches (continuous or breakthrough)

Our interim managers are men and women selected after a rigorous and demanding process, as much for their expertise as for their interpersonal skills.

The missions of an interim purchasing manager

The Purchasing Director defines and implements the company's purchasing policy in cooperation with General Management. He/she guarantees the achievement of qualitative, quantitative, organizational and financial objectives in terms of purchasing products and/or services.

The missions may include various responsibilities:

  • Supervise and lead the purchasing teams, in particular by monitoring ongoing negotiations and calls for tender
  • Definition of the company's purchasing strategy, policy and organization
  • Ensure the renegotiation of framework contracts according to the performance of suppliers, market developments and the needs of the company
  • Ensure the communication and the link with all the business departments of the company in order to promote the integration of purchasing projects within the company
  • Monitor the proper integration of service providers and suppliers upstream and downstream of the company's production processes
  • Ensure the proper implementation of negotiated contractual conditions and arbitrate any disputes
  • Ensures economic monitoring of market trends and projects undertaken by competing companies in terms of purchasing strategy

Why mobilize an interim manager in purchasing from the interim management company MANAGERIM?

Our interim purchasing managers have previous successful experience:

- within SMEs, medium-sized companies and subsidiaries of large groups on a regional, national or international scale,

- in multiple industrial sectors: food, pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, aeronautics, electronics, construction and public works, retail, services...

- in different contexts (growth, decline, merger, transformation, restructuring, crisis management...)

They know how to adapt quickly and be immediately operational.

Our interim managers in the purchasing function work on high value-added assignments in a variety of situations:

  • Temporary replacement at short notice of a purchasing manager: group purchasing director, production and non-production purchasing director, purchasing manager, central purchasing director, site or plant purchasing director, business buyer, etc.
  • Conduct a preliminary flash assessment and then optimize the organization of the purchasing department by purchasing domain, type of business...
  • Strengthen methodologies, processes, procedures and tools to improve the overall performance of the purchasing department: information systems, e-procurement projects, supplier evaluation grids, quality standards, outsourcing choices, etc.
  • Provide operational support to a team in a period of overload or tension
  • Designing and managing purchasing performance improvement initiatives (reducing purchasing costs by 5 to 30% on average depending on the levers used)
  • Manage specific projects (reorganization of the function, remobilization of purchasing teams, implementation of a new ERP or digitalization of certain processes, etc.)
  • Manage a crisis
  • Leading change / developing the purchasing culture

Throughout their assignments, our interim managers are supported by one of our partners, who guarantees the quality of the assignment and the methodology developed by MANAGERIM.

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