Strategies To Cut Procurement Cost

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Costs Sphere Definition Shows Financial Management Or Costs Redu If there was a time to take another look at procurement savings as a way to reduce costs, improve margins, increase flexibility, improve quality, take less time and use fewer resources, it is now.

According to the results of a recent survey by Ernst & Young South Africa, in which 267 Chief Procurement Officers and other procurement executives took part, 65% indicated more savings as their top priority. Other areas of concerns pointed out were high inflation in many emerging markets, and finding new ways to contain costs.

The global economic scenario is now forcing companies to reduce costs on a sustained basis to improve bottom-line profits. Although procurement costs are sometimes considered as “fixed” and much more inflexible than salaries and bonuses to manage, they are one of the few areas in an organisation that still provides ample opportunities to reduce costs and improve profits.

The key to a sustainable reduction in spend is to strike the right balance of focus between supply and demand activities in an organisation. Considering the opportunity below for both demand and supply will assist organisations in identifying significant savings in a structured way.

Unused value
Interestingly, even as many businesses have been through the cycle of analysing their spend, putting a category management structure in place and then implemented spend management tools to control it. There are many organizations who have barely touched on indirect spend. No one can argue against a focus on directs, but with a third of all spend on average on indirect products and services, it represents a significant source of untapped value.

Procure to pay
The roadmap to technology can be a challenging one with obstacles along the way. However, there is a definite sense now that procurement technology is becoming mainstream. Customers are aware of the key attributes to look for in a solution-going beyond a shopping list of efficient requirements for data of what has actually been delivered.

Explore alternative suppliers
If you’re working with a supplier that’s considered “high priced” within its industry, consider alternative sources of the products or materials. Pay attention to the factors like ease of order placement, on-time delivery, product quality, and even the condition of the packaging when it arrives at the dock door. And if you can get the same perfect order service from the new supplier, consider making the jump.

An effective supplier management framework that fittingly lines up risk, effort and reward is a key enabler of ongoing sustainable value creation. The framework needs to include sections i.e. strategic, operational and tactical performance management structure and a clear communication of organisational accountability and responsibility.

What are the challenges in your company and do you have the right individual to solve them? If you are looking to grow your company, we have the ideal candidates for you.

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Steering your career on the path of success

Sandra Olivier - Monday, August 18, 2014

wood steering wheel No matter what your professional goals and visions are, we are all dreaming of success and wanting more. We all aspire to climb to the top of our respective professions but from time to time, we come up against a roadblock. Your climb to the top has little to do with luck, as there are key actions and behaviours that continually pave the way for greater success and expansion.

Stay in control of your own opportunities
The job marketplace has changed dramatically in the past decade. Don’t make the mistake of placing the fate of your career in the hands of your company or boss waiting dutifully for the opportunity to grow or advance your career. You can waste years being bored and frustrated; rather create your own path. While different career strategies work for different people at different times you shouldn’t give control over to anybody hoping they will help you succeed.

Think about what you want to achieve in your professional life and work out strategies to achieve it, whether that be by yourselves, with an open minded boss or a career coach.

Understand how much your time is worth–and don’t give away control of it too easily
At any stage of your career you have a value, a value that is predicated on your knowledge and your experience, your skills and your know-how. We’re in a skills economy, where what you can do for your employer is more important in many fields than what degree you have or how many years you logged in the workplace.

If your company expects you to work 12-hour days, make sure they are paying you for all 12. All work and no play can have a huge impact on your personal live and often times can lead to the divorce court or hospitalisation, fast! Remember – investing time in your family, relaxation, and social life is valuable too, and in the long-term, spending time with your family is worth far more than involving yourself in day-to-day detail at work.

Pay close attention to who is running the show
Great leaders will mentor you and will be a loyal source of employment long after you’ve left. People tend to make decisions on what companies to work for based on the amount of flexi time, unlimited meals, company massages, game rooms and team outings they will have. In the end however, it’s more important to look at the people you are going to work for as they will play a major role in your career during your time with the company. 

Also observe whether the big bosses have similar lifestyles to the one you want for yourself now–and in five or 10 years, if you stay that long.

If you want some assistance in steering your career on the path of success, we can help. Communicate Personnel has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply today!

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3D Design changing Construction Industry

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

architecture exploded The conventional practice in the construction industry of designing drafts and drawings using pen and paper are now giving way to modern design software. This design software is employed in several fields not only construction, but also architecture, auto-mobile, and aerospace industries and are getting increasingly sophisticated and integrated. Before ground breaks on any infrastructure or construction project, they first have to be imagined and designed. 3D design software is becoming more popular to use and has influenced the industry in many ways with the design process now quicker and more efficient.

The future of construction going forward calls for designers and engineers to simulate multiple things at the same time, do multiple analysis, whether it's cost, to carbon footprinting, to water footprinting, economic footprinting, whatever it may be.

Over the last number of years, there has been a real emphasis on Building Information Modeling, BIM. This is an integrated collaborative 3D modeling technology that allows everyone involved in the project to work from one model that they can share reliable information. It looks at a project from planning through designing through construction. It covers information like geometry, spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components, project management and post-construction facilities management.

All this various levels of information – from materials to wind forces or even water pressure in plumbing systems – helps the project team understand the implications of their choices, constraints and opportunities. An intelligent model brings greater precision to project feasibility, cost and schedules – becoming a 4D model when factors of programme and time are added in, and 5D with quantity and cost. It also helps project leaders to ensure considerable gains in the sustainability of the construction and operation are achieved.

The architecture, engineering and construction industries are at a crossroads where more adoption of collaborative technologies such as BIM can mean more on-time completions, fewer busted budgets and general cost certainty for a business that’s dealt with uncertainty created by field conditions and 2D plans for generations.

These changes are opening up exciting new career opportunities for all involved in these industries. Communicate Personnel is an Engineering recruitment company with consultants that specialize in civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering. Let us assist you with your new job search today. We have a variety of Engineering jobs  which include positions like Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer, Project Engineer, Civil Draughtsman and so much more. Check out our vacancy page and apply today.

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Frequent job change - good or bad for your career?

Mallisa Watson - Monday, August 11, 2014

Start New Job Calendar Displays Day One In Position Frequent job changing is becoming quite popular nowadays, due to the work environment that is constantly evolving. Companies are now more than ever, looking for employees who are project workers that can get the job done. Soon after workers completed the task, they move on to another job.

When it comes down to it, if you feel that it’s time for you to move on to another job, make a practical move. You don't want to completely deprive yourself from the opportunity to change jobs, however, take your time and consider the effect the change will have on your career. It is important to take a step back, re-evaluate your work patterns and to make sure your next move is the right one for you.

The purpose of this article is to make you alert of the advantages and disadvantages of changing your job too often.


New skills and opportunities
If you are an expert in your current field, working in different environments and having had different jobs will certainly develop your knowledge and ability on how other companies work. Being a master of one trait and a jack of many will allow you to know a little of everything. Whether it is changing jobs in the same field or moving into a completely opposite turf, it will surely help you learn new work skills. The main reason individuals move around in between jobs, is because they are looking for better growth opportunities.

Change is good
Doing routine activities will eventually get you to that point where you’re stuck in a pile of boredom. So if you consider changing jobs, it can definitely serve as a good break and it will keep you excited. Not to mention growing your network in the different industries.

A chance to find the right fit
Many people have the tendency to change jobs because they have the desire to find their true position or area of expertise. Through working in different fields you will get exposure to various company cultures and how they do things. Later on you would find the field that is best for you. So when you are finally ready to settle down for several years, you know what you are looking for.


No job security
If you shift from job-to-job more often, you are showing future employers that there is a high possibility that you will do the same to them. And this will also play against you because you may fall short on the experience factor in a specific skill. This counts a lot in making a long term successful career. Most companies admire loyalty and given that you have been with them for years, this might strengthen your job security with them.

You may damage work relationships
Reference checks are part of the process when you’re job hunting. In an environment where work relationships are more important than ever, gaining experience by frequently changing jobs seriously compromises one’s potential for developing deeper, more reliable contacts that can act as backup in the future.

In conclusion: There are many benefits and downsides to changing jobs - but if you do it for the right reasons and sustain healthy relationships with past employers, the pros should outweigh the cons and you will be seen as a flexible and capable candidate.

If you are looking for your new job adventure, let us help you start your journey!

We are a prominent recruitment company with various Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Visit our website and apply for any relevant opportunity today!

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Women Taking The Lead

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hairstyle Style Means Young Woman And FloraThe empowerment of women across the world is one of the most remarkable revolutions over the decades. As women, we face unique challenges as leaders, whether we work in the corporate world or as a business owner. There seems to be a large gap between female leaders who too easily sacrifice authority, and iron-fisted women who never budge once their minds are made up. Unfortunately, neither approach is effective in a long-term leadership position.

Women may face unique challenges in developing a leadership style. Some struggle with managing others while maintaining a “good girl” image. They don’t want to be ignored, but they don’t want to be seen as too pushy, either. It’s a balance to find a style that’s effective and feels like a good fit. Below are just four of the many guidelines we hope you can use to help you find your leadership style:

Be Bold
Boldness is an essential for leading. To grab the attention of your bosses, you need to chew glass and confidently make your point not showing a hint of self-doubt. Have a strong and authentic personality, courage fueled by a high level of integrity and a dose of good judgment. This should give you the confidence to stand out.

Take those challenges, dare to take risks and don’t mind making mistakes! At the end of the day, you will learn from them and become an expert in your profession and a better you.

Know Your Strengths
Get to know your signature leadership style inside-out. Be aware of what you’re good at, and consciously play to your natural strengths as much as possible.

Ask a few of your colleagues what they consider to be the strengths of your leadership style.

Stretch Your Leadership Style
Alongside playing to your strengths, actively work to stretch into the leadership style you find more difficult.
Most successful leaders can draw on and integrate all leadership styles, dependent on the situation. One size definitely does not fit all.

Combining your team’s leadership strengths with yours, will create a more productive work environment. The best leaders are not well rounded…but the best teams are.

Identify your leadership style stretch areas, and find ways to authentically integrate them with your natural style. Review the various strengths in your team or company. Who on your team has strengths that particularly complement your own leadership style, and how could you use these better?

Be True to Yourself
If you’re not being genuine, people will see right through you. Genuine passion creates trust with the people around you and builds connections. Integrity, authenticity and walking your talk are the foundations to building great internal and external relationships.

The most valuable thing you have to offer is yourself. Whatever your leadership style is, it is uniquely yours. Own it, have confidence in it, trust that it’s not about becoming something completely different.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”
Dolly Parton

We want to take the time to acknowledge every single woman in the world. Thank you for being a motivation to the rest of us who is still trying to find our feet in the workforce, you are truly an inspiration!

Happy Women’s Day.


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