Project manager

As a project manager you are responsible for the planning, costs and results of the procurement process. One of the results must be that the circular ambitions have been accomplished. Keep in mind that you will need to schedule in more time than usual, and that this longer time period will sometimes also mean higher preparation costs than with regular procurement projects. This longer preparation also requires extra capacity from your team members, so put measures in place there too.

It is best to steer a full project team. Therefore, you should involve not just the purchasing advisor from the very outset, but also the contract manager and policy maker or sustainability coordinator. Ensure that you also involve users or managers in the considerations. Only then does circular procurement have a good chance of success.

Circular procurement requires the internal organisation to be prepared for the design of a circular procurement process. What role do you play in this as a project manager? The following steps will be important to you.

Internal organisation – these are your steps

Click on the steps to discover how your internal organisation needs to prepare for a circular procurement process:

Procurement process – these are your steps

Click on the step to design a circular procurement process from the perspective of your role:

💡 Tips

  • Establish circularity as a critical success factor (CSF) in the tender. This increases the focus on your ambition.
  • Let the internal client know that a longer preparation time is needed and adjust the scheduling accordingly. Take into account a preparation time that is about twice as long as a regular preparatory phase.
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