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

Advisory Team Member Spotlight

James Fiore

Director
Advisory

James Fiore

Director
Advisory

David Pastore

Jamie went to school to be an accountant, however, when he started working after graduation, he felt like something was missing so he transferred to a buyer role at his company.  That led to the discovery of a passion and the start of a long career in Procurement. He found the balance of analytical process work, combined with building internal and external relationships, fit his skill set and personality.

During his career he held multiple Procurement leadership positions and has managed numerous direct and indirect categories for both industrial manufacturing and distribution companies.    He was able to travel around the world, visiting 16 countries and 107 different airports (yes, he keeps track!) to manage procurement teams and suppliers, meeting lots of wonderful people and learning about other cultures along the way.

After more that 20 years in the corporate world, he felt like it was time to do something new and transitioned to consulting where he enjoys working with companies to improve and transform people, process, and technology within procurement operations.

Jamie is originally from Maine but relocated to St. Augustine, Florida in 2009 with his family to escape the cold winters and have some fun in the sun.  Outside of work, he enjoys family game nights, traveling, hiking, kayaking, and being a “foodie”.  His favorite hobbies are cooking and collecting, tasting, and learning about whiskeys from around the world.

Favorite Quote

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha

Michele Harrison

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

Michele Harrison

Senior Manager
Digital Transformation

Michele Harrison

Michele has significant experience in the procurement profession. She is a program/project manager with strong Procurement, Sourcing and Change Management experience. Responsible for all phases of program and project lifecycles from business case through to execution and post-execution results measurement. Proven performance in measuring, evaluating, and communicating program achievements with executives and steering committees.

Michele has extensive consulting experience in business requirements, process definition, gap analysis and training. Deep people, process and technology acumen across full spectrum of the supply chain lifecycle.

When she is not working with clients or striving to improve processes, Michele can be found lost between the pages of a book, cuddling with her cats, or planning her next travel adventure.

Favorite Quote:

Actions speak louder than words

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
© Velocity Procurement