02 August 2007 | Paul Snell
Most procurement departments do not have the last word on their company's purchases.
The latest SM
poll of 100 buyers found only 7 per cent have the authority to decide whether or not their organisation should buy something. More than half said they did not and a further 42 per cent said it varied, depending on the purchase. Many said buying was a collaborative effort between procurement and internal stakeholders, but final responsibility remained with the budget holders of those sections.
Yet some don't think procurement should have the last word. "It should be a collaborative and cross-functional decision where the users bring in their experience, while procurement offers commercial excellence," said Valentine Agwu, strategic sourcing deployment manager at BP.