Supply chain research and advisory firm, Ardent Partners, announced this month the winners of the Best-in-Class Procurement Leaders Recognised for Outstanding Achievement at the CPO Honours 2018 Summit in Boston, Massachusetts. Ardent established the Chief Procurement Officer Honours to celebrate “the procurement function and recognise the accomplishments of the profession’s top leaders and teams”. The awards are widely regarded as being the most prestigious in the procurement sector.
This year, Ardent Partners presented the procurement team at Watermark Retirement Communities with its “Best Team Performance” award. Watermark received the award for demonstrating continued ability to further drive business agility. National Director of Procurement and Plant Operations, Amee Foss, joined the company in 2017. Tasked with creating transparency, traceability, and control within a system “known by many in the organisation as ‘the black hole’,” Foss utilised enterprise contract lifecycle management (ECLM) software provider Determine, according to a report by Supply Chain World.
Determine is a cloud-based, centralised software suite that “combines many of the solution modules formerly offered individually into a single graphical user interface”. Speaking at the Ardent Partners 2018 Gala, Amee Foss said: “This prestigious award is a testament to the continuous dedication, commitment, and hard work by everyone across the company to create a positive impact on the quality of lives of our residents. We also thank our technology partner, Determine, for helping us achieve the process agility that enables our team to continuously improve service delivery.”
With regard to the future of procurement at the 35 Watermark locations across the United States, Foss told Supply Chain World that “the company is working on 17 projects along these lines, including expanding the Lyft pilot program and implementing additional Determine modules”.