Aligning, managing and motivating your suppliers is, well… hard.
It requires a significant investment of time, money, knowledge, capability, skills, tools and commercial nous to get it right.
Our suite of Managed Services, enabled by our Catalytics technology solutions, alleviates the burden of having to build and maintain everything you need to get the most out of your suppliers.
Because chances are, we’ve already built what you need.
Our end-to-end services
Our end-to-end service gives you everything you need to run a next generation procurement function - in a nice, neat package.
Working closely with you, we will collaboratively design the right mix of technology, tools, people and expected outcomes in the context of your business. Proxima will then take responsibility for managing the entire Source to Pay (S2P) operation on your behalf.
Want to take your procurement into the next generation?
Proxima’s end-to-end service provides you everything you need to effectively run Source to Pay (S2P) in your business.
Managed and delivered by a team of specialists, our end-to-end service provides you, your people and your suppliers with a significantly different procurement experience – built on best in class technology, a deep repository of best-practice templates, tools and guides, a flexible resourcing model, global delivery infrastructure, oh… and the expected procurement outcomes. You know – cost optimisation, streamlined processes, easy to use P2P tools etc – the stuff that should just be business as usual for any effective procurement operation.
Contact us to find out more about our end-to-end service
Our Managed Services are modular in design, which means if you only need a few of the components from the full service, we have a selection of critical services available to choose from.
Sourcing and category management services
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Supplier management services
Supplier value management
Supplier value management
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Supplier performance management
Supplier performance management
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Commercial contract management
Commercial contract management
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Interested in finding out more about our Spend analytics service? Contact us
Interested in finding out more about our Procurement research service? Contact us
Interested in finding out more about our Procurement helpdesks service? Contact us
Our Managed Services give you direct access to our
Catalytics technology and all of the benefits
that come with it
A truly independent partner
We are not conflicted or burdened by supporting other areas of your business, we only care about one thing – to make procurement truly great in your business.
Access to a deep repository of templates, tools and guides
Our proprietary tools enable us to capture, codify and deploy best practices throughout our entire delivery network – all a mouse click away - ensuring that all Proximites on-the-ground have the best tools and knowledge to drive the best outcomes for our clients.
Access to one of the largest procurement functions in the world
A melting pot of industry experts, business leaders and procurement specialists at your disposal, as and when you need them. And you can guarantee that the range of skills and capabilities are as diverse as the assets we manage on behalf of our clients.
Access to our R&D department
We are constantly investing in our people, our tools, our delivery capabilities to ensure our clients always have access to latest and greatest thinking.
Benefits of our market leverage
We manage over $11bn worth of assets on behalf of our clients – covering the gambit of business areas, from marketing agencies to female kevlar vests. Our scale means we are in the market more often, forging strong relationships with suppliers and constantly bringing new insights back to our clients.
Global delivery infrastructure
Delivery teams located across Europe, Asia and the United States – both on client sites and within our own offices / delivery hubs.
Governance, risk and commercial excellence
Good governance supported by our best practice frameworks managing (and mitigating) your exposure to risk, while ensuring commercial excellence is being built into the culture of your business
Intelligent support, in a time zone near you
Our on-the-ground delivery teams are supported by a deep network of business partners, sourcing experts, helpdesks, buyers, contract specialists – located close to our clients.
Regulatory compliance and auditability
Our flexible operating model allows even the most demanding regulatory compliance to be embedded into the service
… oh, and the expected procurement outcomes
You know – cost optimisation, streamlined processes, easy to use P2P tools etc – the stuff that should just fall out from doing procurement right.
What is inside one of the biggest
procurement functions in the world?
Click on each of the below sections to learn more.
Leadership, engagement and functional support
Typical leadership and engagement activities include:
- Account and project management
- Stakeholder engagement
- Benefits tracking and performance management
- Corporate governance
- Planning and strategic support
- Opportunity spotting
- Team management
- Change management
- Thought leadership and counsel
- Customer service
Our philosophy: customer intimacy
We take great care to learn our clients’ business, working closely with stakeholders to understand their needs, objectives and circumstances.
Our philosophy of customer intimacy allows us to be proactive, and bring creative thinking and focus to transactions long before the deal is done.
We also work holistically, thinking and communicating cross-functionally. The performance of procurement is limited by a tendency to work in silos. We encourage you to see beyond this, breaking down barriers to create bigger and wider opportunities.
We believe our approach enhances and improves the customer experience for everyone involved. We aim to delight our customers - when our customers are delighted, we are delighted.
Sourcing and commercial management
Our specialist operating model enables us to go way beyond conventional sourcing. By focusing inwards on behaviours first, our specialists are able to influence decision-making earlier, run better sourcing events and help you manage your suppliers more commercially post-contract.
Typical activities at each phase of sourcing to commercial management include:
- Solutions development and demand management
- Strategic sourcing – led by a specialist
- Supplier engagement and negotiation
- Contracting and legal management
- Supplier relationship management (SRM)
- Process mapping and market sensing
- Managing e-auctions, tactical and spot buying
- Supporting Purchase-to-Pay (P2P) events
- On-going management and reporting of supplier performance, cost and obligations (SPM)
- Risk management
- Administration of compliance framework
Sourcing & Procurement Centre of Excellence (SPCoE)
Our SPCoE team provides critical support for client delivery and management teams around the world. Based in the US and UK, our SPCoE team enables you to better manage all of the administrative, manual work – so you can focus on the more strategic stuff.
Typical activities within the centre include:
- Day-to-day advice, problem resolution and helpdesk
- Hub procurement, administration
- Conducting research, market insight and benchmarking exercises
- Supporting tactical buying
- Management of e-tools, templates and technologies
- Spend analytics
- Supplier management support
- Contract database support
Knowledge, IP and expertise
Our multi-client approach means that we are constantly in the market, running projects, building IP and growing our knowledge pool. This knowledge is captured from, and deployed to, our global network of specialists working alongside clients. It is through this continuous knowledge cycle, that we are able to ensure each task gets done, by the best person, using the right IP, tools and templates.
This ensures efficiency, pace and quality outcomes. It also enables our specialists to focus more on delivering value.
Some of the tools we use to capture knowledge and IP include:
- Sophisticated workflow technologies
- A central knowledge portal
- Extranets and intranets