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Case Study: Creating a New Procurement Team

Joerg Strauss, Global Head of Procurement, shares his experience of creating a new Procurement Team at leading international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is leading international law firm, offering high-quality business law advice across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. It has over 2,400 lawyers and 2000 business services staff in 27 key business centres around the world, providing a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.

Back in 2013, there was no global procurement function at all within the organisation, with each business unit and country organisation operating independently. The firm decided it needed to align procurement activity into a global team, to reduce costs, increase value for money, improve process efficiencies and above all to lower risk, in particular operational and reputational risk.

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