3 questions for Claire Brabec-Lagrange, Director of Group Purchasing
What are the basic building blocks of your relationship with suppliers?
“The ENGIE Procurement function is currently undergoing a process of far-reaching transformational change. If we are going to adapt constantly to changes in our markets and respond effectively to the needs of our staff, we have to clarify our role in servicing Group businesses through stronger governance and a new internal Procurement and Supply Policy. We are also engaged in a process of upping our professional game with the definition and implementation of shared processes at Group level. With these measures, I want to create a new vision of what a buyer is and what a buyer does.
Our panel of suppliers is very diverse. We work with major international companies, as well as with small local sub-contractors, especially where service provision is concerned. This diversity is extremely varied, and we want to retain that variety as we optimize the way we manage our panel of suppliers. We are seeking to develop sustainable, long-term relationships, and we want our suppliers to adopt our ethical and CSR values.”
What do you expect of your suppliers?
“First and foremost, we expect them to deliver on their contractual commitments in terms of quality, lead times, the Group health and safety rules, and other important obligations. But we also expect our suppliers to contribute to our performance by being proactive and supporting us with innovation. These expectations are gradually feeding through into our supplier selection criteria, and especially so for our preferred suppliers.
Our expectations will not necessarily be the same, depending on whether we are working with a corporate supplier or an SME.”
What impact is the Group Performance Plan having on Procurement?
“Procurement is a major component of the Group Performance Plan. We have put in place a substantial corporate program based on input from BU specifiers, users and buyers. By 2015, this program will cover the majority of purchasing categories, and will involve the implementation of best practices and advanced purchasing methods.”