Supply chain sourcing & procurement services

Reimagine supply chain network procurement end-to-end—to enhance customer experience, improve profitability and create a more sustainable organization.

How can procurement boost the value it delivers? 

Procurement organizations have a tremendous opportunity to take a leading role in adding value and combatting some of the most challenging issues faced today, such as unethical labor practices, getting to net-zero emissions, recruiting top talent and enabling unique customer experiences —all while cutting costs. Yet, according to Accenture research, procurement is still struggling to deliver. A major challenge is agreeing with the business on what’s meant by "value." In a new report, we explore how an Accenture framework can help define and quantify the value procurement can bring.

Procurement organizations are poised to generate greater—and different—value for the broader business as never before. Here's how they can deliver.

We help you close the loop

Across both direct and indirect spend, closed loop spend management lets you build a robust and dynamic procurement function that unlocks the value your organization needs to manage short-term disruption and fuel future transformation and growth. Read more.

Accelerate cost takeout

Use analytics and team-based sprints to optimize spend, preserve cash liquidity, and reinvest the realized value across the organization.

Unlock new value with data-driven insights

Extract deep savings from direct and indirect spend, optimize inventory, and connect processes by moving to a data-driven procurement operating model.

Make sustainability part of your DNA

Reduce carbon while reducing cost, mitigate social risks, enable supply chain network transparency and drive resource efficiency and waste reduction.

Manage change for enduring growth

Gain full control over operational transformations, implementing lasting change for people and processes, while achieving enduring growth.

Be ready for what’s next

Work leaner, smarter, and more collaboratively, using a flexible human + machine model to drive seamless automation and data-driven decision making.

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Drive positive impact on business, society, and the planet by reimagining procurement into a value generator.

Think differently about procurement

Closed Loop Spend Management (CLSM) drives end-to-end transformation across indirect and direct cost categories to achieve breakthrough value, while enabling talent with new ways of working through the power of digital, data and AI that enables a more efficient, resilient, agile and sustainable procurement and supply chain network.

Pandemic uncertainty

The global supply shocks seen in the wake of COVID-19 have elevated the importance of supply chain network and supplier resilience.

Environment and social responsibility

Consumers, CEOs, regulators and investors drive the transformation towards more sustainable business, and procurement has a central role to play.

Economic volatility

Instability in customer demand, commodity prices and currencies is on the rise.

Security threats

As supply chain networks get more complex and connected, the cyber and physical security risks increase exponentially.

Global to glocal

Global supply chain networks continue to be hindered by new trade barriers and local restrictions on strategic materials.

Digital technology

Emerging communications tech like 5G will have a profound effect as a connectivity enabler.


Need to upskill procurement with the right tools and knowledge to operate effectively in the digital world.

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A customer-centric supply chain procurement strategy

Chief Procurement Officers need a holistic approach—one that enhances customer experience, improves immediate profitability, opens up new avenues of value, supports new ways of working, and creates a more sustainable and resilient organization.

Procurement strategy

Make procurement an engine of sustainable growth by pivoting to an agile human + machine operating model and a flexible living digital architecture.

Zero-based spend

Reimagine cost structures with a growth-led ZBX approach that uses a closed-loop framework to drive sustainable outcomes and unlock value quickly.

Indirect sourcing and category management

Get unparalleled insights into category performance with comprehensive analytics, helping to unlock value from more mature and sustainable sourcing.

Direct materials

Optimize direct materials across the supply chain network, including design, engineering, procurement, planning, manufacturing and service management.

Supplier relationship and risk management

Maximize value of diverse and sustainable supplier relationships with enhanced collaboration models leveraging advanced analytics and technologies.

P2P process

Develop automated intelligent procurement capabilities that enhance user experience, reinforce compliance, and deliver sustainable outcomes.

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Accenture has the unmatched skills, assets and capabilities to deliver sensible and sustainable savings that help clients drive digital transformation and new growth.

By the numbers

Your supply base is global. So is the disruption and growing complexity your procurement function faces. Accenture has 33 delivery centers across 120 countries to support your dynamic procurement needs.


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Case studies

Going beyond procurement process mining with new capabilities to deliver major value.

An agile cloud-enabled platform makes purchasing quick, easy and compliant.

New ways procurement can achieve sustainable value.

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What we think

Technology partners

Accenture's procurement offering is strengthened by the depth of our relationships with leading industry technology partners, including SAP Ariba and Coupa.

Awards & recognition

Accenture’s sourcing and procurement practice is renowned as a leader in its class for its unmatched procurement strategy, technology, and execution capability across the end-to-end source-to-pay process.


Named a Leader in the Everest Group PO Services PEAK Matrix®

Assessment 2021


Named overall leader in HFS Top Ten source-to-pay service providers report


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Our leaders

Supply chain & operations blogs

Reinvent and create agile supply chain networks that power enterprise value across a range of industries and markets.

4 ways the metaverse will benefits supply chain networks

Are supply chains ready to harness the power of the metaverse; Accenture’s Renato Scaff shares the emerging trends executives need to know.

Direct materials: You need to focus on more than cost

Accenture explains how you can focus on more than cost with direct materials management.

Supply chain transformation: Short-term steps, long-term vision

Accenture's Michel Roger explains three first steps you can take to build a digital supply chain.

Time to close the loop on all your spend

The impact and cost savings closed loop spend management can have on a companies entire spend.

Why trust is a must for CPOs & how to champion it

CPOs want to identify and reduce social and environmental risks in their supply chains to build trust.

It’s easy to bake responsibility into procurement

We unpack the opportunity to increase business buyer's confidence by sharing corporate responsibility and sustainability data.

Frequently asked questions

Today’s CPOs face a much more complex landscape, characterized by economic uncertainty, continued supply chain network disruption, and the need to meet changing consumer values and expectations.It means CPOs need to not only optimize costs but also boost the resilience of the value chain, while simultaneously responding to new customer and business needs–and developing more sustainable approaches to what the organization spends. What’s more, as the gatekeepers of a company’s third-party relationships, CPOs occupy a pivotal position in the future growth agenda. To meet all these imperatives, CPOs must reimagine how they operate, using digital procurement and closed loop spend management to optimize costs, increase value and support future growth.

Closed loop spend management (CLSM) is a new way to think about what the organization is spending. It aims to "close the loop" between procurement on the one hand, and planning, budgeting and other finance activities on the other. It’s holistic, transforming the whole organization and establishing new and more collaborative ways of working with digital technology, real-time data, artificial intelligence, and pervasive connectivity. It supports an end-to-end transformation across indirect and direct cost categories while boosting the efficiency, resilience, agility, and sustainability of the supply chain network.

With a sourcing and procurement strategy driven by CLSM, companies can enhance their business in five key ways. First, they can take out cost faster and more sustainably with a zero-based mindset. Second, they can drive deeper efficiencies and identify new value with a new data-driven operating model. Third, they can make sourcing “sustainable by design”, embedding responsible practices and providing visibility into the carbon footprint of procurement decisions. Fourth, they can use CLSM’s flexibility to support their own pace of change—a crucial capability in choosing the right time to make a pivot to new sources of growth. And finally, they can drive forward with the intelligent automation and data-driven decision making they need to work leaner, smarter, more flexibly, and more collaboratively.

Accenture has developed a robust and iterative model to help companies implement a CLSM approach. Its agility and speed mean they can begin generating value in just a few weeks—while its robustness means they’ll sustain that value over time.

The model has two core elements. The first, spend transformation, focuses on optimizing procurement’s value by re-examining expenditure through a “zero based” lens. The second, new ways of working, looks to bring procurement, finance, and the rest of the business together in a new operating model that uses digital technology and intelligent automation.

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