The second semester of the CBS course of studies “General Management” was given to guest lecturer Alexandra Golling from TÜV Rheinland AG for a presentation on “Global Sourcing”. The main topic was “Building a Global Purchasing Organization”. The security experts with seat in Cologne offer their test services for nearly 150 years, in 70 countries on the world.
Project management worldwide, divided into phases
In her guest lecture, Alexandra Golling described how a worldwide reorganisation of purchasing can be practically implemented. Based on her many years of project experience, she explained the four project phases that make up the standard development of a globally operating purchasing organisation.
Preparation and analysis as first steps
In the preparation phase, the basic prerequisites are created first. Project management, communication strategy and target dates are defined and the implementation is monitored by project controlling. In the analysis phase, the maturity level of the organisation to be set up is examined. Demand and costs, goals and strategies are compared. In addition, information and documentation processes are reviewed and processes and systems are scrutinized.
Phases 3 and 4: precise conception, then implementation worldwide
In the third phase, the conception phase, the further procedure is first discussed and then defined on the basis of the objectives now set. Among other things, this is done with the help of a clear separation between the operational and the strategic. The establishment of a global controlling system is important for the central control of processes. Alexandra Golling stressed the great relevance of working closely with the Human Resources department to ensure a qualified team of employees. The final phase then comprises the implementation phase under the motto “Let’s Go! In this phase, the newly formed team is trained and trained. The final step is the global roll-out, the worldwide implementation of the new purchasing processes.