Reducing overall costs, risk management and contribution to growth: the challenges of the purchasing role for the next decade

The fundamental principles of the purchasing role —which are quality, costs and deadlines— are those monitored the most frequently.

But the contribution made by purchasing to the overall performance of the company is perceived and evaluated primarily in relation to the reduction of costs and expenses, which leads to a limitation of the role and demotes it to a mere cost reducing role.

Currently, the purchasing role, in addition to the QCD objectives, must also assume other targets:

  • Control and reduction of overall costs: cost reduction is no longer simply limited to buying cheaper and thereby reducing prices, but rather it is related above all to spending better by analyzing the needs of internal customers to reduce consumption.
  • Risk management: operational risks (interruption of stocks, dependency, monopoly, etc.), global risks (natural, geopolitical, weather, exchange rates, etc.) and environmental risks (social, political, environmental, etc.).
  • Contribution to growth: purchasing also enjoys the opportunity to activate the instruments that contribute to growth by proactively collaborating on projects, developing innovation and assisting the strategy of the business.

KLB Group, your partner in implementing your purchasing projects

Since 1996, KLB Group is the first office to compete in the purchasing role.

We support our clients in all their operational issues, management issues, or to transform their purchasing in the international arena.

Project examples

Operational projects

Management and transformation projects

Cost mapping and analysis

Costs and skills audit


Implementation of purchasing information systems

Operational management of purchasing families

Restructuring of purchasing and supply processes

Purchasing projects

Definition of recipient organizations

Product development

Skills development

Supplier risk management

Optimization plan for the purchasing role

Manufacturing or purchasing projects


Reduced costs

Purchasing policy

Searches for productivity

Competitiveness plan

Value analysis

Improvement of coverage rates

Functional analysis


Cost-oriented redesign




We intervene in all the purchasing categories in production, non-production, investment and business.

For each project, we mobilize the entire set of experiences, knowledge, methods and tools of KLB Group.

The combination of skills and know-how is suited to each of the challenges.

During the last ten years, we have managed more than 80 billion euro in spending and we have allowed our clients, both private and public, to save more than 7 billion euro with 400 clients (SMEs, ETIs, large groups and the public market).

Our speed of intervention, our industry expertise, our experts in families and sectors, our three hundred experts in purchasing, our methods and our business model allow our customers to get a return on investment equivalent to 5 to 10 times their investment.

To respond to customer problems, we propose business models aligned with each situation: fixed price, success fees, performance-related pay, etc.


For more information in this sense: contact.ca@klbgroup.com


KLB Group and purchasing:


Billions of euros in savings

1 Md€ d’économies

300 experts

20 sectors covered

62 categories catered for

Advisory and operations