Case Study:

The Open University implements category management to drive the stage of procurement improvement.


The Open University is the UK’s largest university for part-time higher education.

With Procurement at the OU already well developed. Category Management had been identified as the way to secure additional savings and efficiencies


The approach was to review current procurement processes and practices at the OU in conjunction with a spend analysis and opportunity assessment to advise on the successful roll out of Category Management in procurement at the OU.

The current state analysis identified barriers to a successful implementation in terms of capacity, capability and improvements some of the key enablers of procurement.


Category Management Chart

  • The project identified benefits and made recommendations for:
  • A new organisational structure aligned to 18 new supply-market focused spend categories
  • Investment in the function to deliver significant benefits
  • A phased implementation and roll-out through the organisation


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