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Rich Sains

CEO at Acada

London, United Kingdom

CEO and founder of Acada - a procuretech firm with a mission to make life easier for procurement professionals.

Available For: Advising, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: London
Speaking Topics: Digital Procurement, Procurement Transformation, Future of Procurement

Speaking Fee $3,500

Rich SainsPoints
Academic0
Author27
Influencer5
Speaker0
Entrepreneur20
Total52

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 6 years

Areas of Expertise

Agile
Analytics
Business Strategy 30.14
Climate Change
Cloud
Cybersecurity
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.94
Emerging Technology
Entrepreneurship
Fintech
Future of Work
Leadership
Lean Startup
Legal and IP
Management
Mergers and Acquisitions
Procurement 33.38
Retail
Startups
Sustainability 30.17
COVID19 31.16
AI 30.02
Innovation 30.04
Supply Chain 30.41
Customer Experience 30.18
Project Management 31
Mental Health 30.23

Industry Experience

Consumer Products
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Hospitality
Media
Professional Services
Retail
Telecommunications

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Publications

21 Article/Blogs
Sustainable Procurement and COP26
LinkedIn
November 23, 2021
Now that COP26 has ended, discussions have started about whether or not the climate conference was a success. ‘Success’ here is a subjective term, but the consensus seems to be that while action is being taken, it’s nowhere near enough. Everyone knows what needs to be done, but too few people know how, or are willing to take the necessary steps.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Sustainability, Procurement

How procurement can better engage the C-Suite post-pandemic
LinkedIn
October 27, 2021
Procurement is having a moment. While globalisation and digital transformation have brought about rapid change in supply chains, COVID-19 accelerated and disrupted this process in equal measure. And the long tail of this – from fuel shortages to supply issues to talent challenges – has put procurement in the spotlight. And into the daily vernacular of the C-Suite.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, COVID19

Let's Target the Root Cause of Overwork: Poor Systems and Processes
LinkedIn
October 15, 2021
The topic of burnout has been rising up the agenda for employers across the board in recent years, with workers complaining of increasing workloads not being matched by investments in extra headcount or pay. Then the pandemic happened.

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Tags: Procurement, Mental Health

Three tips for Procurement Digital Transformation
LinkedIn
October 07, 2021
Here at Acada, we have spoken about the need for digital transformation of the procurement profession for years now. However, in spite of the huge benefits that digital transformation can bring, many teams are still early in their adoption of digital products and practices.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

Digital transformation is about people, not technology
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October 06, 2021
The key to doing digital transformation right is making sure the process is all about the people   Perhaps the most common mistake we see people make when going through a digital transformation programme is focusing too much on the … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Supply Chain, Procurement

Digital transformation is about people, not technology
LinkedIn
September 15, 2021
Perhaps the most common mistake we see people make when going through a digital transformation programme is focusing too much on the tools and forgetting about the people they are supposed to help.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

How to Find the Right KPIs for Your Procurement Team
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April 06, 2021
Performance tracking is key to the success of any business process. As the legendary consultant Peter Drucker once said, ‘what gets measured gets managed’, and improvement relies on knowing where you are and where you want to get to. But … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

2020 Recap – Business Tech News
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January 15, 2021
2020 was indeed a very unique year. Many of would say passed so quickly, and yet with so little new memories and experiences. However, we managed to get business done, to invent, to transform. Below we present you with 20 … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Five Ways to Ensure Early Engagement in Procurement Projects
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November 02, 2020
Do your stakeholders ask for your involvement in a project too late for you to make a difference? Perhaps when the selection has already been made and they just need help with a contract?  Within the profession it is widely … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Increasing Procurement Effectiveness Through Digital Transformation
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April 27, 2020
Speaking with members of my network I hear many similar stories. Organisations are looking to Procurement teams to deliver more, both in terms of bottom line savings but increasingly top line growth through marketplace innovation. Often, this is without any … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Mastering Procurement Digital Transformation
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April 22, 2020
Digital Procurement is critical to the success of a modern day procurement team and something that many organisations will have embedded to some extent.  The success of their efforts will have been dependent on how effectively their teams have embraced … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

Onboard New Procurement Recruits More Quickly
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March 11, 2020
Bringing in new recruits is a great way to get new ideas and outside knowledge into your team.  However, as most procurement functions work in different ways, it can be challenging to get a new team member up to speed … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

How Excel Is Harming Your Procurement Team
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March 08, 2020
Do you rely heavily on Excel to track your team’s procurement projects and activity? Let’s face it, Excel was first released back in 1985 and yes, it’s great for tables of numbers and working out a TCO. But as your … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

How to Manage your Team Remotely
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March 02, 2020
Whilst some of us are able to go back into offices, a number of firms are continuing to request that their teams work from home. It’s something we should be very practised at now, but moving from an emergency way … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

What’s Wrong with our Supplier Relationships?
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March 01, 2020
Are some of your suppliers not behaving as you would like? Do you get the feeling that they may just not like you or your firm? It’s likely to be nothing personal, but how you treat your suppliers at an … Read More

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Supply Chain

IT and Procurement leaders: How to minimise Coronavirus impact on IT hardware supply
LinkedIn
February 08, 2020
The Coronavirus epidemic is both tragic and alarming and has highlighted how dependent the tech industry on concentrated manufacturing centres in and around China. So how is this affecting IT supply chains and what should leaders do to minimise business impact?

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, COVID19

Procurement In The Next Decade
LinkedIn
December 30, 2019
We need to ensure that procurement is seen as a strategic enabler of business change, not a process speed-bump designed to slow down the spending of money. A key skill for the workforce of the 2020's will be effective stakeholder management - facilitating the business to deliver in the right way with the right partners. This will require developing deep relationships with stakeholders at the appropriate level - getting the right balance between execution, constructive challenge and bringing valuable market insight, whilst doing the right thing for your organisation.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Procurement

Procurement Digitisation ≠ Excel
LinkedIn
September 23, 2019
Let’s face it, Excel was first released back in 1985 and yes, it’s great for tables of numbers and inputting costs. But as your team grows and develops, relying too heavily on Excel for reporting can do more harm than good. Excel wasn’t designed for this and can quickly become error-ridden, chewing up employee time, all without providing a proper audit trail or appropriate security.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

Frustrations within your procurement team
LinkedIn
August 28, 2019
However, Millennials are the generation most likely to change roles and to look for new opportunities. According to Deloitte's Millennial survey 49% would quit their current job in the next two years if they had the choice. Therefore, potentially a quarter of your team could be looking outside your organisation or even the profession for their next career move. This job hopping isn’t about lack of loyalty. Millennials are impatient and eager to find new ways to innovate and grow.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Procurement

Procurement Leaders: Five ways to be more effective and deliver more with less resource.
LinkedIn
June 17, 2019
There's been a number of articles and papers over the last few months highlighting a key issue facing Procurement Leaders in 2019 - organisations are growing at a faster rate than the investment in additional procurement resource.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

Lessons from Silicon Valley
LinkedIn
February 20, 2019
I spent some time in Silicon Valley last week to attend the Startup Grind conference in Redwood City. It was a fantastic two-day conference with a number of founders and CEOs of VCs and tech businesses speaking such as Box, Stripe, Qualtrics, Airbnb, Airtable, Sequoia, YCombinator plus the former US CTO Megan Smith and Google CMO Lorraine Twohill. I learnt such a lot from this trip I thought it would be good to share some of the main points.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

1 Founder
Acada
Acada
March 01, 2019
Helping Procurement teams save time so they deliver more. We've produced an innovative system for procurement people to manage their workload and give visibility to their leaders and stakeholders. Our consulting practice works with leaders to streamline processes, mitigate risks and eliminate waste

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement

2 Podcasts
Increasing Day-to-Day Productivity - Richard Sains from Acada
James Meads Media & Consulting Ltd
September 02, 2020
How do we get Procurement working outside of inboxes and spreadsheets? One answer is to have a cloud-based SaaS app which shares project updates, stakeholder and supplier communication and delivery objectives all in one space.
That's what Richard Sains, my guest today, has developed. He's one of the growing contingent of former procurement professionals turned procuretech entrepreneurs!

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Procurement, Project Management

Refresh - Business Transformation Podcast
Refresh - Business Transformation
July 30, 2020
In today’s market, how can you keep your business relevant and one step ahead of the competition? We look at how you can transform your business to drive real growth and efficiency.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation

Radar

1 Prediction
2022 Predictions for Procurement

Date : October 20, 2021

There are a number of key challenges which will continue to get worse in 2022 - rising inflation, supply chain disruption and difficulty filling procurement vacancies. These issues will be faced against the backdrop of increased organisational expectations for procurement - increasing workload and causing a decrease in wellbeing and productivity for many procurement teams.

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Opportunities

1 Business
Procurement Digital Transformation Consulting

Location: London, UK and Virtual    Date Available: October 01st, 2021    Fees: 13500

Submission Date: October 20th, 2021    Service Type: Service Offered

At Acada, we specialise in how to best develop a strategic plan for procurement transformation and execute this plan. We work with leaders to review capability, processes, systems and map out a clear plan to transform the function.

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