MBC’s procurement team is driving value for the broadcaster
(Norwich, UK, 20/08/2018)
The August issue of our Middle East edition of Business Chief includes an exclusive feature on procurement transformation at Middle East Broadcasting (MBC).
In the piece, Head of Procurement Lorraine Black tells us how important the buy-in of the company’s c-suite has been in getting everybody on board with the transformation.
“We also got support from MBC CEO office which made it a lot easier to drive our ideas forward and get buy-in from the company’s senior management. That’s been really important in working with various departments in a collaborative way, rather than as a standalone function,” she comments.
“After we showed that we can add value and leverage our relationships with suppliers, the decision was taken that departments would stop getting quotations without the support and involvement of the procurement team. This has been a real positive shift,” Black concluded.
The role the procurement team played in the recent $20mn facility in Dubai’s Studio City district.
Completed in May 2017, the state-of-the-art studios used for programming for MBC’s satellite network, primarily MBC1 and MBC3, and online portals, complement its headquarters in Dubai Media City.
“A lot of the detail on a project like this are small, but really important to its success,” says Durdana Farid, Procurement Manager at MBC. “The timeline was very demanding, and to hit our tight deadline we had to ensure we were accurate with all of the detail, such as ensuring all elements of the project were compliant to their timelines.”