Our eSourcing solution gives us the power to strategically manage costs, quality, and delivery times over a period of one to three years, and to develop a three- to five-year plan for technical innovations and partnerships with our suppliers
Consolidated tender management across the Group
Some 900 specialists in the Group’s Sourcing and Purchasing department process 3.5 billion euros worth of purchasing transactions every year from over 8,000 suppliers. Group leadership decided to centralize its procurement operations six years ago. “Purchasing used to be managed locally by a dedicated department within every major factory,” remembers François Gautier, Sourcing Performance Director at Alstom. “The only thing that buyers around the world shared in common was a supplier database.” A roadmap was put in place for centralizing the purchasing organization and Alstom developed a productivity monitoring system, and launched a call for tenders the following year to procure an RFQ solution with an integrated bid validation workflow.