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Carol Anne Williams, Head of Procurement at Laing O'Rourke, spoke at Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE 2023, about procurement strategies in construction

As the world’s fastest-growing procurement and supply chain event, Procurement & Supply Chain LIVE 2023 was a disruptive learning and networking event that showcased some of the industry’s top speakers across innovation, thought leadership and strategy.

Carol Anne Williams, Head of Procurement, Laing O'Rourke

Carol Anne Williams is Head of Procurement at construction company Laing O'Rourke. Williams shared with her audience the successes and challenges of procurement strategies within construction. 

She told of Laing O'Rourke's modern approach to construction, and its use of precision engineering and factory-based construction to enhance safety and quality. Williams also spoke of how it creates components in controlled environments, to reduce on-site variability.

"We're taking things into a factory environment for precision engineering, reducing on-site variability and enhancing safety,” said Williams

Importance of supply chain in construction 

She added: "About 60-70% of what we do goes through the supply chain, and changes like the Sea Building Safety Act are driving focus on product provenance and competence. We do not use a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. It is important to align procurement strategies with corporate strategies, and tailor them to specific sectors and projects." 

Williams also stressed the significance of considering diverse stakeholder perspectives, including supply chain, clients and project teams.

"There is no magic fairy dust," she said. "Every day is different, and we need to tailor procurement strategies to specific sectors and projects.”


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