Procurement is not just an organisational function. It is a competence, the ability to structure a deal, understand a commercial environment and create a solution to a business problem. To effect this in a business environment, you need good quality people or ‘talent’.
Some initiatives to deploy strategic sourcing utilise people from within the business on a part-time basis and in this case, it is rare that the team would have the luxury of devoting all their time to the sourcing effort. This, however, can be a good starting point. In any case, regardless of resourcing method, any sourcing effort is collaborative – which means getting departments and functions other than procurement involved.