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Become A Procurement Consultant

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Working As A Procurement Consultant

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $62,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Procurement Consultant Do At Accenture

* Participating in Project Management activities (PMO, status calls, operational committee)
* Addressing both strategic and operational Sourcing and Procurement topics
* Supporting team through problem definition, issue identification and work plan development using problem solving principles and past experience
* Supporting process design activities, formulating the specific solutions to address prioritized requirements (Workshops, Agile prototyping…)
* Supporting implementation activities for organization, processes and business content
* Supporting Change Management activities to prepare the client for deployment and adoption (Change Program, Operating Model & Organizational alignment, Communications, Trainings…)
* Executing Supplier Enablement methodology (Supply Base segmentation, Communications, Connectivity…)
* Supporting the collection and analysis of large amounts of data, developing key insights / findings, and proposing solutions to Procure to Pay issues.
* Coordinating Master Data activities with the client and the technical teams
* AboutAccenture
* Accenture is a
* leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of
* services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and
* operations.
* Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than
* industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest
* delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and
* technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable
* value for their stakeholders.
* With more than 435,000 people serving clients in
* more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the
* world works and lives.
* Visit us at www.accenture.com

What Does A Procurement Consultant Do At Deloitte

* Identifying, writing and managing business requirements.
* Contributing to the functional and technical design, prototyping, and process design stages of implementations (including scenario design, flow mapping).
* Supporting configurations, customization, reports and interfaces, testing and user training
* The TeamCombined with the right talent, technology holds the key to many complex business challenges.
* Many businesses rely on ERP solutions like Oracle to achieve important business goals.
* At Deloitte Consulting LLP, we possess deep industry and functional knowledge of Oracle applications and technology.
* We help our clients implement solutions to address manufacturing, financial, human resources, customer relationship management, procurement, order management, supply chain, and other business needs leveraging the full suite of Oracle products (i.e. Oracle EBS, ERP Cloud, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Edge Products.
* Learn more about our Oracle practice

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How To Become A Procurement Consultant

Although a high school diploma may be sufficient for some positions, many employers require buyers and purchasing agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Most entry-level positions require some form of on-the-job training.

Education

Educational requirements usually vary with the size of the organization. Although a high school diploma may be enough at some organizations, many businesses require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree. For many positions, a degree in business, finance, or supply management is sufficient.

For those interested in a career as a buyer or purchasing agent of farm products, a degree in agriculture, agriculture production, or animal science is often beneficial.

Training

Buyers and purchasing agents typically get on-the-job training for more than 1 year. During this time, they learn how to perform their basic duties, including monitoring inventory levels and negotiating with suppliers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are several certifications available for buyers and purchasing agents. Although some employers require certification, many do not.

Most of these certifications involve oral or written exams and have education and work experience requirements.

The Institute for Supply Management offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) credential, which covers a wide scope of purchasing professional duties. To receive the CPSM credential, candidates must pass three exams and those with a bachelor’s degree must possess at least 3 years of relevant work experience while those without a bachelor’s degree must have at least 5 years of relevant work experience.

The American Purchasing Society offers the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) certification. The CPP certification is valid for 5 years. Candidates must earn a certain number of professional development “points” to renew their certification. Candidates initially become eligible and can renew their certification through a combination of purchasing-related experience, education, and professional contributions (such as published articles or delivered speeches).

APICS offers the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. Applicants must have 3 years of relevant business experience or a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible for the CSCP credential. The credential is valid for 5 years. Candidates must also earn a certain number of professional development points to renew their certification.

The Next Level Purchasing Association offers the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification. Although there are no education or work experience requirements, applicants must complete six online courses and pass an SPSM exam. Certification is valid for 4 years. Candidates must complete 32 continuing education hours in procurement-related topics to recertify for an additional four-year period.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) offers two certifications for workers in federal, state, and local government. The Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential requires applicants to have earned at least an associate’s degree, possess at least 3 years of public procurement experience, and complete relevant training courses. The Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) requires applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree, possess at least 5 years of public procurement experience, and complete additional training courses.

Those with the CPPB or the CPPO designation must renew their certification every 5 years by completing continuing education courses or attending procurement-related conferences or events.

The National Institute of Government Purchasing (NIGP), Institute for Public Procurement offers preparation courses for the UPPCC certification exams.

Advancement

An experienced purchasing agent or buyer may become an assistant purchasing manager before advancing to purchasing manager, supply manager, or director of materials management. Buyers and purchasing agents with extensive work experience can also advance to become the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) for an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. When evaluating suppliers, buyers and purchasing agents must analyze their options and choose a supplier with the best combination of price, quality, delivery, or service. 

Decisionmaking skills. Buyers and purchasing agents must have the ability to make informed and timely decisions, choosing products that they think will sell.

Math skills. Buyers and purchasing agents must possess basic math skills. They must be able to compare prices from different suppliers to ensure that their organization is getting the best deal. 

Negotiating skills. Buyers and purchasing agents often must negotiate the terms of a contract with a supplier. Interpersonal skills and self-confidence, in addition to knowledge of the product, can help lead to successful negotiations.

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Real Procurement Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Consult Project Procurement SP Siemens Industry, Inc. Sacramento, CA Sep 10, 2015 $99,852
Procurement Sourcing Consultant IBM Corporation Durham, NC Feb 06, 2016 $84,000
Senior Procurement Consultant at&T Services, Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 28, 2014 $82,000
Procurement Sourcing Consultant IBM Corporation Durham, NC Oct 06, 2016 $77,979 -
$110,167
Procurement Sourcing Consultant Metlife Group, Inc. Islandia, NY Jun 14, 2010 $77,300 -
$94,500

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Top Skills for A Procurement Consultant

OfficeSuppliesPurchaseOrdersProceduresFinancialProposalsGo-LiveRFPCostSavingsCategoryBusinessProcessProcurementProcessesBusinessUnitsAribaERPFacilityMMRFQContractManagementProjectManagementAnnualSpend

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Top Procurement Consultant Skills

  1. Office Supplies
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Negotiate price savings - on products ranging from office supplies/equipment/furniture, facilities, and various other commodities.
  • Initiated purchase orders and ensured appropriate sub delegation approvals.
  • Integrated over 500 vehicles and over 8,000 wireless devices to the CVS Health inventory formalizing new procurement process and procedures.
  • Develop relationships and partner with clients to support company's strategic and financial objectives through numerous buying influences.
  • Developed and facilitated contract proposals for strategic stakeholders.

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