Pain in the proverbial

21 January 2008

“I can be the biggest pain in the backside for the procurement team and they can be the biggest pain in the backside for me, but together we can achieve what we need to.”

So says David Williams, the claims director at insurance group AXA, who counts procurement among the functions that report to him.

He is not alone in recognising the tension that exists in many organisations between purchasers and their bosses from other functions. However, not all of the bosses of buyers quoted in our cover feature recognise that working together makes the two stronger. Many argue procurement does not speak their language or relate to the overall company’s goals.

Do you?

Do you think their assessment is fair?

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