Practice

Advisory

Guiding our clients on the procurement transformation journey since 2007

Procurement organizations today
are under pressure like never before

They need to prepare to meet more complex demands from customers and the business. They need to be responsible and proactive to outmaneuver uncertainty in an environment that brings new challenges and new opportunities every day.

To tackle these challenges, Procurement leaders will benefit by creating a more customer-focused team that operates strategically, enables collaboration, and does so in an agile fashion. Efficiency should be increased through the optimization of people, process and technology.

Our Advisory Practice brings together applied intelligence and superior expertise in a way that puts people first. Combined with our process and technology capabilities and key partnerships, we help make procurement a more strategic and robust function across the enterprise.

How We Guide
The Procurement Journey

We put the right people, processes, and systems in place to manage large and complex projects and programs in their entirety. This includes services and capabilities related to: 

Advisory Procurement Journey

Capability Improvement
Analyze, assess and recommend on how the procurement function can move to the next stage of maturity.

Technology Acquisition
Developing technology requirements to build and acquire fit for purpose solutions leveraging industry leading solutions.

Operational Design
Balance skill and scale of procurement workforce to align with corporate strategy.

Project Management
Balancing resources, tools and people through a well-managed scope and schedule.

Change Management
Lead, manage and enable the organization through the change journey.

Finance Transformation
Help transform the finance function through adoption of digital tools

Benefits of Working with our Advisory Team

Procurement organizations of all sizes, complexities, and maturity levels are seeking to take the procurement function to a higher level. By engaging with our Advisory services, our clients who embark on procurement transformation are achieving:

Restructured operations enabling maximum strategic value

Renewed stakeholder buy-in to the procurement function

Increased competitive advantage that enables long-term growth

Improved supplier relationships and innovations

Visibility and control of Procurement performance metrics

Increased sourcing savings and spend under management

Optimized operational efficiency through digitization

Reduced supply chain risk

Meet Velocity’s Advisory Leader

Sarah Nelson

Practice Leader
Change Management

Sarah Nelson

Practice Leader
Change Management

Sarah Nelson

A New England native, Sarah brings to Velocity Procurement a wide range of operational and logistical knowledge. With a career beginning in college athletics and sports medicine, she brings clients a multifaceted definition of team work.  In 2009 Sarah traded in her khaki pants and fanny pack for an air-conditioned office with weekends off.  Now you’ll find her sprinting through the airport en route to your office, people really need to understand they don’t need to take off their shoes in the pre-check line.

Being a team player comes naturally to Sarah, not just from her experience in athletics, but also her long entrepreneurial family history. She balances her competitive nature with her yoga practice and enjoys teaching yoga classes in her community. Clients enjoy the energy and spirit she brings to each project, if she’s had her coffee, of course.  Sarah’s background gives her a unique ability to read a room, a soft skill which is tremendously important as she leads project teams on their transformation journey.

Sarah started to develop a relationship with Velocity while working collaboratively in the Senior Living industry. Client-centric by nature Sarah will be your close partner managing your project delivery and conference room snacks. She works passionately to ensure program solutions are calibrated to bring your organization success.

Outside of work Sarah particularly enjoys regular fellowship with family, friends, and colleagues- especially when it involves queso.  Sarah and her husband Kendal are always on the move, if they’re not adding stamps to their passport they are preparing to move. When not proudly speaking of Kendal, an Officer in the US Army, she’ll tell you about their dog.  You don’t even have to ask about Roxy; she’ll even show you a photo.

Community Service:

Girls on the Run, American Red Cross

Favorite Quote:

“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.” – Frank Warren

Achieving Value

Transforming a Procurement organization into a value-creating strategic partner is an ongoing process that requires the structured approach flanked by performance management. Velocity’s procurement services ensure your transformation team maintains focus and drives quality through the proactive management of all projects.

Average Days
of Improved Cycle Time

19
Through process improvement adoption of best-in-class automation

Average Headcount
Reduction

17%
Through process re-design, custom training, and improved oversight

Average Resource
Optimization

42%
Through the adoption of best-in- class automation and augmented out-tasking

Reduced Procurement
Cost Per Dollar

.76%
Through a comprehensive effort in diversity program design and adoption.

Increase in
Diversity Spend

14%
Through a comprehensive effort in diversity program design and adoption.

Reduced Cost Per
Processed Invoice

68%
Through optimizing AP Processes
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
― Johann wolfgang von Goethe
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