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Procurement/Supply Chain Cases

Procurement supply chain
New answer on May 05, 2020
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Marc
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asked on May 04, 2020

EDIT: I posted this on my phone and for some reason it deleted the content I put in my question...

Does anyone have any experience of handling procurement/supply chain case interviews and could offer any advice as to what topics to expect?

My thoughts is that they would likely be around cost reduction (procurement) and identifying bottlenecks (supply chain), but any guidance would be much appreciated!

Marc

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Ian
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replied on May 04, 2020
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Hi Marc!

This is really a subset of operations

Remember for procurement/supply chain, first you need to ask objective. In general this will either be "Reducing Costs" or "Fixing/Optimizing Production"

Within Reducing Costs, this could be contract renegotiation, finding new supplies, locking in futures contracts, automating processes (replace labor), changing transport methods, etc.

Within Optimizing Production, this could be a lot of the same i.e. automating processes, finding new suppliers, changing transport methods

Generally, you'll want to segment the supply chain/procurement process to identify problems (i.e. where taking the longest or costing the most).

For Practice Cases Try The Following

1) Search on Operations here (already done): https://www.preplounge.com/en/management-consulting-cases?language=en&topic[]=8&sort=real-case-desc&page=1&perPage=20

2) Google and casebooks are your friend. For example (https://managementconsulted.com/case-interview/case-interview-examples-master-list/)...go to Accenture, Amex, AT Kearney, Deloitte, and LEK sections which specifically call out operations.

3) Send me a message and I can provide you with a few good ones and/or case you in them!

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Vaibhav Dubey on Aug 28, 2022

Hi Ian, Can you help me with Procurement cases? I have an upcoming interview with a Big 4.

Clara
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replied on May 04, 2020
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Hello!

Have a look at PrepLounge´s library.

PM me also if interested.

Cheers,

Clara

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Marc on May 04, 2020

Hi Clara! Thanks for the response. Preplounge deleted the original content I had put in my question for some reason

Thomas
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replied on May 05, 2020
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The library has a great cases, but PM me as well for any specifics!

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