About

World leaders in category management

Future Purchasing is a specialist procurement transformation and improvement consultancy. Based in the UK, with more than 80 experts worldwide, we have a 17-year track record of designing and implementing procurement change.

We own the world’s largest and most targeted benchmark data on key success factors that deliver exceptional Category Management outcomes.

Expert Procurement Consultants

Future Purchasing are experts in the business-wide implementation of category management, supplier relationship management, negotiation procurement transformation and business alignment.

We transfer skills and learning best practice so our clients become experts in category strategy, implementation and stakeholder engagement.

This is achieved via our end to end customisable toolkit that shifts the mindset and develops the capability of individuals and teams from board level to category managers.

Future Purchasing own the world’s largest and most targeted benchmark data on the key success factors that deliver exceptional category management outcomes.​

As a result we know what good looks like and our  clients benefit from the fact that we continually refresh our approach based on these insights.​

Future Purchasing use our procurement experience and research to help clients build a customised roadmap to transform Category Management performance.​18+ years of experience operating and consulting.​ Our team balance strategic and tactical impact operating from board level to category manager.​

We excel in shifting mind-sets, developing capability, engaging stakeholders and role modelling best practice.​

All validated through 90+ client implementations.​

Over 18 years we have completed more than 150 procurement projects in 19 sectors across 25 countries.

WHY FUTURE PURCHASING? 

Speed of action

Organizations need a diagnostic with a ‘light touch’ where all stakeholder interactions are well planned, structured and time input minimized.

A practical approach

We combine expert and highly practical inputs, frameworks, tools and diagnostic insights, while emphasizing a positive and energetic commitment to action.

Flexible working

We strike the required balance between a tough challenge to entrenched thinking and a generally supportive approach to addressing challenges and opportunities.

A focus on change management

A sustainable procurement transformation requires a robust change management approach; we make this central to each programme.

Experience

Everyone in the Future Purchasing team is a procurement expert with a minimum of 15 years line and consulting experience. They excel in shifting mindsets, developing capability, engaging stakeholders and role modelling best practice.

Our team of experts understand the difference between training, mentoring, coaching and consulting, adopts a flexible approach to applying each technique. All our consultants are adept at dealing with the challenges of embedding learning in large, complex organizations.

We have a practical implementation focus and are known for our good rapport with procurement teams and stakeholders; this allows us to build support, understand concerns and keep momentum.

“In my career, this is the training that has most changed what I do” 

Future Purchasing is a trusted partner to our lead team with deep knowledge of procurement techniques, always open to tailor our training needs to the different objectives and different stakeholders groups, from procurement teams to senior business stakeholders.

this is the way we need to work in the future, and the joined-up thinking has really benefited us” 

“Well done, you really listened” 

OUR EXPERTS

As procurement management consultants we mobilise outstanding project teams. They excel in shifting mind-sets, developing capability, engaging stakeholders and role modelling best practice. They understand the difference between training, mentoring and coaching and adopt a flexible approach to applying each technique.

All our consultants are adept at dealing with the challenges of embedding learning in   large, complex organisations

The project team who works with you to develop your company’s or organisation’s particular learning pathway will include tutors who will lead the delivery. This cohesive approach ensures 360 visibility through the stages of design, delivery, and reflective feedback.

FP Leadership team

Mark Bassington

Director

20 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: London Underground, British Energy, QP Group, PwC, Exult.

Education:  MCIPS, MBA Strategic Procurement Management, University of Birmingham.

CIPS: Member.

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Mark Hubbard

Director

30 years of procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: Positive Purchasing, QP group, BMW, South West Water, CITA, Rover, JCB.

Education: MBA, Plymouth, BSc Engineering Metallurgy.

CIPS: Member.

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Mark Webb

Mark Webb

Managing Director

22 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: Price Waterhouse, Mobil Oil and QP Group.

Education: BSc in Management Science and MSc in Business by Research, Aston University.

CIPS: Member.

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Simon Brown - Future Purchasing

Simon Brown

Director

30 years procurement experience in line management and consulting roles.

Previous employment: British Aerospace, British Airways, QP Group.

Education: MBA, London Business School, BA (Hons) Business Studies.

CIPS: Member.

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