Feb 18, 2021

BT Sourced ; BT's new procurement company in Dublin

BT
Procurement
BTSourced
Laura V. Garcia
2 min
BT Sourced
Cyril Pourrat, Chief Procurement Officer, establishes BT's new procurement company in Dublin - welcome to BT Sourced...

Make it easy to do business with you. It’s one of sales best mottos. 

BT, one of the world’s leading communications service companies and the largest provider of consumer fixed-line voice and broadband services in the UK, is doing just that in setting up its new procurement arm, BT Sourced.

“We’re going through a period of immense change and investment for the future. We’re modernising, and we're simplifying, to create an organisation that’s easy to do business with. As part of this, we’re creating a new, independent procurement company in Dublin to make sure we're best placed to support BT now and in the future,” says the company.

To be headquartered in Dublin, the move will create more than 70 new jobs, adding to the existing 650 it currently employs in Ireland. Prepared to open in April, BT Sourced will act as a standalone procurement company within the BT Group and is expected to play a major role in BT’s transformation.

With an annual budget of £13 billion (€15 billion), the company is looking to accelerate and simplify the way they manage third-party spend worldwide, leveraging today’s best tech and people to get them there. Planning to deliver a savings of £2 billion by 2025, BT Sourced will be implementing new partnership-based approaches with suppliers and start-ups, a smart move in today’s business environment and with an already strong presence in Ireland, Dublin seems just the right fit.

“Dublin is a vibrant city with a truly global outlook, and we’re excited to be building our innovative new procurement company at its very heart, taking advantage of the fantastic talent pool Ireland has to offer in the global sourcing arena,” said Cyril Pourrat, chief procurement officer for BT Group.

"Ireland offers a safe and stable investment location with access to the EU market, an educated and skilled workforce and an attractive environment where people want to live and work. This investment by BT Sourced is very welcome, and IDA Ireland offers its ongoing partnership to the team as it builds this key function from Dublin," Shanahan said.

BT Sourced has kicked off their recruitment drive and is hiring across areas such as IT, networks, connectivity and services plus procurement analytics and transformation.

If you’re looking for your next exciting challenge, join their new BT Sourced in Dublin.

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Jun 23, 2021

SAP Ariba to digitise procurement for Expo 2020 suppliers

SAPAriba
Procurement
Expo2020
supplychain
2 min
SAP Ariba will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle for more than 25,000 suppliers at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai

SAP Ariba will provide a unified digital procurement and payment platform for more than 25,000 suppliers at Expo 2020 Dubai

The global trade event, this year hosted in Dubai, was rescheduled from last year and will now take place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. 

As the event’s Innovative Enterprise Software Partner, SAP Ariba solutions will fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined experience for thousands of market leading, global suppliers and strengthening the global supply chain with enhanced transparency and efficiency. The cloud-based platforms operate through on SAP Ariba’s UAE public cloud data centre and connects to the Ariba Network. 

Expo 2020 "a long-term investment"
 

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said the world trade event is  “a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth”, which stretches beyond Expo 2020’s six-month window. 

“Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever,” he added. “The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.”

To date, more than AED 1bn has already been transacted by Expo 2020 suppliers through SAP Ariba. The platform promotes collaborative partnerships and allows registered users to participate in sourcing events, negotiate and initiate contracts, and centralise their invoicing and payments in real time. 

Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing.”

About Expo 2020 Dubai
 

Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai and is the first of the long-running World Expos to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia territory. The original World Expo, called the Great Exhibiton, was hosted in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, designed as a showcase for the innovations of the Industrial Revolution. 

Expo 2020 was originally due to run 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, but was last year postponed in light of COVID-19 restrictions - though some business has already taken place virtually. The event will place greater emphasis on innovation in sustainable solutions through the Sustainability District, blending technology and culture. It is expected that around 70 per cent of the 25 million attendees will be international visitors. 
 

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