New Pan-European Institute to elevate the Procurement Profession for Growth

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January 31, 2018

New Pan-European Institute to elevate the Procurement Profession for Growth

A Procurement Transformative Institute (PTI) was officially launched today at the National Procurement Summit in Dublin.

Founded by iDDea and Arvo, two SMEs in the procurement training and consultancy sphere, the PTI will be Ireland’s nerve-centre and the go-to marketplace for procurement skills and capability assessments, training and educational programmes, industry-led research and thought leadership, to  dramatically accelerate the competitiveness and innovation of Irish organisations in Europe. The PTI will also be the community where buyers and suppliers can learn, connect and collaborate to innovate. Buyers need the expertise of suppliers to deliver Value for Money and suppliers need the trust of buyers to be able to sell the best possible solution.

Commenting on today’s launch, Ingrid De Doncker, CEO, iDDea said: “We created the PTI to do more for procurement in Ireland, to enhance our local knowledge and insights, improved business results and contribute to the overall economy. The PTI is a movement to professionalise procurement, and this can only be delivered by creating an inclusive community. We are proud that the PTI advisory board is made up of experts from various background, disciplines, and focus. It is exactly this collective brainpower and the kaleidoscope of the inter-disciplinary board that will set the PTI agenda and roadmap for the future to elevate the procurement profession for growth for the individual, the organisation and the society.”

Mike McGrath, CEO, Arvo added “The PTI is part of a European initiative of 10 procurement competency centres, working together to disseminate and promote best practices in innovative procurement. The main challenges and opportunities that buyers are dealing with are common across public and private sectors and industries. They are actively looking for frameworks and standards, for support, tools and skills to make the right buying decisions in a fast-changing environment.”

Declan McDonnell, Group Procurement Manager, Bord Na Móna, comments: “Procurement scope has shifted significantly in recent years, moving from a traditional “purchasing” environment to one where logistics, contract management, strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, supply chain, are all now within scope for a leading practice approach. I therefore believe it is extremely important to be supportive of this initiative and view it as a very suitable future learning environment for our procurement team members that will deliver transformative thinking and tools to add value to our various businesses.”

Other private and public organisations in support of the PTI are Iarnród Éireann, Johnson Controls, Musgrave, Altify, UCC, South-West Regional Skills Forum, Arnold Industries and the EU Commission. The PTI is inviting participation from all individuals, all organisations and any other renowned institutes, associations, research and knowledge hub to collaborate, communicate and create value for procurement professionals and their stakeholders.

For further information on the Procurement Transformative Institute and to register to join this community of procurement professionals visit


For further information please contact:

Lucy O’Donoghue, Lucy O’Donoghue Consulting, Tel: 087 2904282, Email: