Our exclusive cover story this month features a procurement transformation at Aldar Properties, one of Abu Dhabi’s leading property developers. We caught up with Musbah Abu Jarad, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Assets Management Procurement to explore how Aldar Properties utilises procurement excellence.
Abu Jarad joined the business in late 2018 and did so at a time of procurement transformation for Aldar. “The procurement function within the company has evolved at Aldar from a cost function into a partnership function,” he says. “What this means is that we no longer look at suppliers as just suppliers to come in and provide services or goods and then leave. We look at them as partners, and ones who share our same environmental responsibility.” Over the last year, Aldar has invested significantly into its procurement function to define a clear strategic function.
Elsewhere, we have a revealing interview with Sammeli Sammalkorpi, the co-founder of Sievo, the world’s leading company focused on procurement analytics, exploring how it achieves this through AI and a client-focused approach.
Plus, features on ethical procurement, AI as utilised by CPOs and a supply chain masterclass with Gartner’s Frank Vorrath. And… our essential guide to all the best conferences and events from around the globe.
I hope you enjoy the issue!