In this article, you’ll learn about documents to audit to figure your procurement profit and loss to determine the role it plays in your business.
When things were tough, organizations rely on procurement. World wars, oil embargos, and recessions are a few of the events that highlight the significance of responsible procurement. Slowly, organizations around the world are trying to realize the potential of the procurement function. Consequently, organizations are relying on the efforts of their procurement professionals to deliver procurement profit and loss.
Procurement professionals have leveraged technology in numerous areas of procurement to ensure it delivers value to the bottom line. In addition to financial contribution, procurement has also added value to organizational processes. Because of this, procurement is given a strategic positioning.
As procurement continues to evolve from an administrative process to a more strategic function, its objective is to contributing towards organizational success. Below are the documents to audit to measure how much maverick purchasing has affected the business’s financial accounts.
Assets: Cash & Inventory
Liabilities: Accounts Payable
In a manufacturing company, Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) is a significant area in which procurement can impact apart from the Selling and General Administrative Expense (SGA). These two have a direct impact on the Earnings before interest & Tax (EBIT) for organizations. In addition to that, procurement very often presents its own set of numbers for savings which don’t appear in the P&L account/balance sheet of organizations. A significant reason for this has been the fact that procurement usually gives a lot of importance on the term ‘cost avoidance’ which indicates the reduction in spends against the normal spend if cost avoidance exercises had not been undertaken.
Typically, in this case, procurement will speak of the savings it generated through cost avoidance, but for finance professional, this savings is not visible in the financial statements of the organization raising disputes between the two functionaries. Some of the challenges faced by procurement professionals in speaking the language of finance;
Finally, we know the scope of procurement and the challenges it faces. Seems like it is time we fully acknowledge prcorement’s competencies and therefore help it visiblity gain the visibility of its impact on the bottom line. Therefore, to be able to successfully measure procurement profit and loss, let us-