View Full Version : Transiting from decentralized to centralized Purchasing

12-10-2012, 07:31 PM
Our Municipality is researching the pros and cons of moving from a decentralized to centralized purchasing format. Does anyone have any best practices to follow or a list of pros and cons to consider before making this implementation?

12-12-2012, 02:31 PM
we are also in the midst of a Procurement Transformation and Roadmap. Rather than going from decentralized to centralized we are moving towards a Center Led model. This will centralize the governance, policy and overall direction of the procurement function but allows individual experts to reside in functional areas.

This is a model that is being touted by the Corporate Executive Board...they are a great organization to benchmark with. Additionally, Booz&Co have a new Procurement Operating Model that could provide some good insights.

It's a long journey, be prepared!

12-17-2012, 07:43 PM
I am a Director of Supply Chain Consulting, and I think I have some information that can help you. I actually have a Supply Chain transformation roadmap that I implemented in my previous company. It worked well. In my time there, we also transitioned from decentralized to centralized purchasing. Not a fun task as all!

I'd love to talk to you more about my experiences. My contact email is: