Supply chain sourcing & procurement services

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

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We help you close the loop

Closed loop spend management across direct and indirect spend 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 responsibility part of your DNA

Reduce carbon within whilst reducing cost, mitigate social risks, enable supply chain 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 responsible procurement and supply chain.

Pandemic uncertainty

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

Environment and social responsibility

Consumers, CEOs, regulators and investors drive the transformation towards more responsible 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 chains 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.

Talent

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.

Zero-based procurement

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

Sourcing optimization

Get unparalleled insights into category performance with comprehensive analytics, enhancing your ability to unlock value from even more mature, responsible and sustainable sourcing.

Procurement transformation

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

Intelligent procurement

Develop intelligent digital procurement capabilities that enhance user experience, reinforce compliance, deliver sustainable and responsible outcomes, and provide E2E visibility, enabling new ways to drive sustainability impact.

M&A/post-merger integration

Ensure each deal unlocks more long-term value at every step, from pre-merger readiness to post-merger integration and value capture.

Supplier relationship management

Maximize the value of diverse, local and sustainable supplier relationships through enhanced collaboration models leveraging advanced analytics and technologies.

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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.

$402B

Spend management annually. Clients tap into our spend management data, tools and intelligence to make informed decisions that lead to more influence over spend.

690

Procurement BPS clients. Clients become part of an ecosystem of leading companies across different industries and geographies.

17,420+

Source-to-pay professionals including 1,710 category and sourcing specialists. Clients access our experts who are highly specialized and knowledgeable.

45,759

Projects managed annually. Clients gain real-time market intelligence so they have a pulse on market inputs that drive pricing and terms.

134,028

Contracts managed annually. Clients access to best-in-class category terms and conditions.

100M

Transactions processed annually. Clients benefit from our deep experience in handling a variety of different transactions and are minimizing leakage.

Case studies

Using SynOps, a global insurer created more scalable and productive finance and procurement processes that unlock business growth.

 How Accenture helped a North American retailer transform their retail promotions, improve inventory allocation and increase customer trust.

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

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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, commended most recently by HFS Research for its unmatched procurement strategy, technology, and execution capability across the end-to-end source-to-pay process.

HFS RESEARCH

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

2020

EVEREST GROUP PROCUREMENT OUTSOURCING (PO) SERVICES

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

Assessment 2020

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Our leaders

Business functions supply chain and operations blog

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

It’s 2021—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.

Transparency: The hidden value in the value chain

Accenture's blog reveals technology is the only way to achieve transparency into your company's value chain.

A top ten list that’s top-of-mind for procurement buyers

Accenture has been named as #1 overall leader in HFS Top 10 Source-to-Pay Service Providers Report for 2020.

What Everest Group’s 2020 Procurement PEAK MATRIX™ means to you

Accenture named a leader in market impact and vision and capability in procurement outsourcing services by Everest Group in 2020.

Frequently asked questions

Today’s CPOs face a much more complex landscape, characterized by economic uncertainty, continued supply chain 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.

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.