London: PA Consulting Group has formed a joint venture with Strategic Sourcing Excellence LLC (SSE), a new enterprise established by Jon Kirby, the former CIO and Chief Procurement Officer at AstraZeneca.
PA and SSE say that together they 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.
PA says the 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.
Mike Henley, PA 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."