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PA Consulting Group joins forces with Strategic Sourcing Excellence to help businesses drive value through strategic sourcing


18 September 2013


PA Consulting Group has entered into a cooperation agreement with Strategic Sourcing Excellence LLC (SSE), a new enterprise established by Jon Kirby, the former CIO and Chief Procurement Officer at AstraZeneca.

Together, PA and SSE will provide access to the leading thinking on key sourcing issues, helping senior leaders make the right decisions around large-scale operating models and sourcing strategy.

The partnership brings together PA’s successful track record of helping global businesses create value through innovative procurement, with Jon’s extensive experience of delivering transformational change within FTSE 100 companies across a range of sectors. 

This joint venture is founded on the premise that, as business services become increasingly important in driving competitive advantage, the approach to sourcing these services needs a more central and strategic role within many organisations.

To drive growth and increase the pace of organisational change, businesses need:

  • a clear view of who is responsible and accountable across all processes and supplier relationships

  • structured and transparent service integration that delivers increased flexibility and agility

  • a sourcing strategy that mitigates operational and commercial risk and optimises financial return (revenue, cost and working capital).  

PA's sourcing expert, commented: “We are excited to be working closely with Jon. PA has helped many organisations to increase competitive advantage and drive exceptional results through transforming their supply chains, and by working in partnership with SSE we will help clients get to the right answers quickly.”

Jon Kirby of SSE said: "I am delighted that we will be working closely with PA.  Our experience and capabilities complement each other and both companies are passionate about working with organisations to realise the full value from new and existing sourcing strategies and supplier relationships.  We have delivered success within organisations so we understand that clients want external support that not only provides strategic insight and perspective, but experienced individuals who are committed, pragmatic and take ownership through execution."


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