Powerful Approach for Managing Your Spend and Risk

Master Your Spend Management

The mastery of all categories of expenditure will continue to be a critical task for today’s procurement professional. There is no shortage of methods to perform the tasks related to spend management.

Spend under management is best understood within the context of the bigger picture or Total Spend.

NLPA has designed the Procurement Funnel™ for this purpose.

The Procurement Funnel is a visual model that illustrates a correlation between an organization’s expenses and the amount of cost savings that it has achieved or can achieve. It is used to help procurement departments focus on the factors that can limit its cost savings results and the aspects of performance that can be improved to increase cost savings. The Procurement Funnel is designed to be used constantly to keep a procurement department on track towards its objectives. Using a model like the Procurement Funnel over time is a core characteristic of procurement best practices.

The Procurement Funnel contains five procurement Key Results Indicators:

  1. Total Spend
  2. Spend Under Management
  3. Addressed Spend Under Management
  4. Negotiated Savings
  5. Realized Savings

All the spend that goes into the top of the funnel does not necessarily come out of the bottom of the funnel as savings. It gets funneled through and your Realized Savings is less than your Total Spend.

Thought must be given to the width of that funnel. The goal of procurement teams should be to keep the funnel wide. A narrow funnel would mean your Realized Savings would be small compared to your Total Spend. The goal is to ensure that the funnel is as wide as possible so as much of your Total Spend as practical can come out of the bottom in the form of Realized Savings. 

A critical question:

How do you maximize the width of your Procurement Funnel?

The answer is to maximize the width of The Procurement Funnel by achieving maximum performance on the KPI’s that serve as multipliers between sections of the funnel.

Consider using the following four procurement KPI’s.

These four KPI’s represent activities you should focus on improving. They are:

  1. Percentage of Spend Under Management
  2. Percentage of Spend Under Management Addressed
  3. Percentage of Savings for Addressed Spend
  4. Percentage of Compliance

True visibility in supply chain performance and performance gaps is essential. We advise you to examine the elements of the Procurement Funnel™ in relation to other performance areas.

The following is a diagnostic tool:

Tool 7: Supply Chain Visibility by the Assessment of Diagnostic Supply Chain Metrics

Sources: Open Source | NLPA | ASCM

The following are the benefits organizations can realize the following benefits from the leverage of the Supply Chain Visibility by the Assessment of Diagnostic Supply Chain Metrics:

  1. It sheds light on the cost of poor supply chain performance.
  2. It measures the performance gaps in critical supply chain activities.
  3. It serves as a platform for continuous improvement.
  4. It facilitates the collection of critical performance data in one place.
  5. It provides an important criteria for selecting procurement and supply chain technology.
  6. It provides essential information for decision making.

Related material:

  • Procurement KPI’s & Business Acumen
  • Supply Chain Visibility

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