PA Consulting Group Joins Forces with Strategic Sourcing Excellence to Help Businesses Drive Value Through Strategic Sourcing

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New York and London, September 18, 2013 – PA Consulting Group (PA) has entered into a cooperation agreement with Strategic Sourcing Excellence LLC (SSE), a new enterprise established by Jon Kirby, the former CIO and Chief Procurement Officer at AstraZeneca.

Together, PA Consulting Group and SSE will provide access to the leading thinking on key sourcing issues, helping senior leaders make the right decisions around large-scale operating models and sourcing strategy.

The partnership brings together PA’s successful track record of helping global businesses create value through innovative procurement, with Jon’s extensive experience of delivering transformational change within FTSE 100 companies across a range of sectors.

This joint venture is founded on the premise that, as business services become increasingly important in driving competitive advantage, the approach to sourcing these services needs a more central and strategic role within many organizations.

To drive growth and increase the pace of organizational change, businesses need:

• A clear view of who is responsible and accountable across all processes and supplier relationships

• Structured and transparent service integration that delivers increased flexibility and agility

• A sourcing strategy that mitigates operational and commercial risk and optimizes financial return (revenue, cost and working capital).

Mike Henley, sourcing expert at PA Consulting Group, commented: "We are excited to be working closely with Jon Kirby. PA has helped many organizations to increase competitive advantage and drive exceptional results through transforming their supply chains, and by working in partnership with SSE we will help clients get to the right answers quickly."

Jon Kirby of SSE said: "I am delighted that we will be working closely with PA Consulting Group. Our experience and capabilities complement each other, and both companies are passionate about working with organizations to realize the full value from new and existing sourcing strategies and supplier relationships. We have both delivered success within organizations, so we understand that clients want external support that not only provides strategic insight and perspective, but experienced individuals who are committed, pragmatic and take ownership through execution."

Note: Find out about new sourcing options at Shared Services & Outsourcing Week in North America (Orlando, March 2014) and Europe (Dublin, May 2014).

About PA Consulting Group

PA Consulting Group (PA) is an employee-owned firm of over 2,500 people, operating globally from offices across North America, Europe, the Nordics, the Gulf and Asia Pacific. PA has experts in energy, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing, government and public services, defense and security, telecommunications, transport and logistics. PA’s deep industry knowledge, together with skills in management consulting, technology and innovation, allows them to challenge conventional thinking and deliver exceptional results with lasting impact. For more information about PA Consulting Group, visit For more information about shared services and sourcing, visit