Cubisms Podcast - The CPO - CFO relationship, making it work

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In this second fantastic episode of our new podcast series Cubisms, we look at the relationship between the CPO and the CFO – that is, the Chief Procurement Officer and the Chief Financial Officer.

The fact is that CFOs and CPOs share a special relationship – and it’s one that has taken on much more prominence and significance over the last 2-3 decades.

CFOs today are aggressively focused on managing and improving their company’s top and bottom-line performance. While there are a range of levers they can pull to influence corporate performance, of special significance is the role Procurement plays in delivering a very direct impact to the bottom line.

At their core, these two executives and their teams have the same goal – and in many instances, simply come at them from different vantage points.

Through our analysis, we see several key success factors, which we discuss in the form of a checklist of success factors for each executive.

For the CPO:

  1. Cultivate an open and transparent channel of communication with the CFO
  2. Speak the language of Finance
  3. Engage with the Finance team earlier in the strategy and goal setting process
  4. Look for innovative solutions to upscale procurement performance
  5. Agree on the procurement performance scorecard
  6. Clarify with finance the difference and relevance of differing savings measures

For the CFO:

  1. Integrate the CPO in the strategic planning process
  2. Set a regular cadence of Financial Reviews with the CPO
  3. Support and sponsor investments in solutions that enable procurement across the enterprise
  4. Collaborate with the CPO to develop a balanced approach to evaluate the procurement department’s performance

It is a great listen and offers real practical advice - I hope you find it useful.

If you'd like to hear our first podcast on the top 5 trends for Procurement in 2018 please click here

Sue Hope

Sue Hope

A procurement and supply chain professional with over 10 years of experience gained across the retail and consulting sectors, Sue is responsible for the development of our Procurement business across multiple sectors. Sue is also an advisor at Rude Health, a company focussed on promoting healthy eating trends.

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