The effort began with a holistic analysis of procurement operations and spending, suppliers, and category management. This led to the identification of potential improvements and a roadmap for making those improvements. Working together, RWE and Accenture implemented a number of changes to increase the procurement department’s efficiency. These included the creation of a new procurement operating model—including a new organizational structure, streamlined and new processes, new skills, and a career model—and the implementation of master-data management capabilities to support improved automation and reporting.
Accenture then helped RWE CZ implement new strategic sourcing capabilities. Drawing on its proven seven-step sourcing methodology, Accenture provided RWE CZ employees with comprehensive strategic sourcing training and conducted a strategic sourcing pilot, and ultimately rolled the new sourcing approach out for 22 procurement categories. To help ensure the success of the new approach, cross-functional teams of managers, technicians, procurement, controlling, and Accenture consultants and sourcing experts were involved in the strategic sourcing initiative. Accenture worked with numerous departments, both technical (grid) as well as corporate, to address categories in both domains.
To facilitate a successful engagement, Accenture applied its seven-step methodology and cross functional teamwork consistently across the project. Ensuring that all teams used the same approach and that the methodology was used the same way for the duration of the work, Accenture helped to foster collaboration through a common kick off meeting, work involving cross functional teams, management validation meetings, and procurement committee meetings, to approve results.