Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. The charity receives no government funding, relying entirely on public donations to fund over £351 million of research projects in 2013/4. Alongside these activities, Cancer Research UK cooperates closely with government bodies to improve cancer services and campaigns on issues important to our scientists and supporters. Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
David Lyon, Head of Procurement at Cancer Research UK, works with his team to make sure the charity benefits from the very best procurement practices - ensuring the charity maximises its valuable resources.
“Membership with Procurement Leaders gives us the ability to tap into a large pool of procurement expertise,” says David. “We get access to a network of people and a wealth of knowledge we simply wouldn’t have otherwise.”
For the Cancer Research UK procurement team, one of the key elements of Procurement Leaders membership is the Category Planning Report, which is included in their annual membership. Providing in-depth analysis of key markets and sectors relevant to Cancer Research UK’s activities, the documents have become an indispensible part of the team’s planning.
“Procurement Leaders’ Category Planning Guide provides an incredibly useful reference point for us,” explains David. “It is a key resource which gives us a central source for information, statistics, analysis, trends and global price-change predictions for the markets relevant to us and our stakeholders.
“We use such reports - which examine categories on both a European and global scale - as our starting point for a lot of the work we do. We know that we can rely on the quality of the reports and that allows us to save a great deal of time in our research and preparation processes.”
David and his team also take advantage of Procurement Leaders’ extensive events calendar to meet with other professionals face to face - as well as taking part in online activities such as community webinars. “In a procurement leadership role it can be easy to become relatively isolated and focused on your own internal matters,” says David. “But it’s not until you reach outwards and meet with others that you can see - and benefit from - how other professionals are dealing with challenges and new developments, and use that to drive you and your organisation forward.”
Cancer Research UK’s procurement team know that Procurement Leaders is on hand to offer advice, support and collaboration.
“Procurement Leaders’ team are very helpful and responsive,” says David. “It really feels like a collaborative partnership, rather than a one-way process - which can often be the case with membership organisations. They regularly touch base with me to check in and are always responsive to our enquires. In all our interactions they are a pleasure to work with.”