Celia Jordaan

Ichiban Commercial Solutions Procurement Tendering Contract Management Company Profile Celia Jordaan

Learn More about Celia Jordaan, founder and Principal Procurement Advisor at Ichiban Commercial Solutions.

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Celia Jordaan has been part of the dynamic changes in procurement and how we negotiate, contract and purchase. With the changes in the economy and global markets, the dynamics of supply and demand have changed.

Business can no longer manage procurement in the same old way as always.

Nor can any business afford to operate in the same old way.

Therefore, business has to adapt to be successful and be able to survive and still remain profitable.

With over 30 years of business experience, and more importantly, real-life, hands-on business experience, my view of procurement is very different.

I appreciate that successful procurement is based on understanding and managing supply and supplier risk, asking questions and looking at alternative ways to do procurement. I understand that

“business should question the traditional ways and find solutions that are fit for purpose and will add tangible value to business. Procurement should play its part in the bigger business team to ensure that both internal and external customer demands are met and exceeded.”

My clients know me for my pragmatic, down to earth style; for asking lots of questions in order to develop the right solution.

Ichiban Commercial Solutions Procurement Tendering Contract Management Company Profile Celia Jordaan

A Bit More about Celia Jordaan

For Celia it is important to:

  • find and fix the problems in the best fit-for-purpose way;
  • develop the capability and capacity of business and procurement leaders and teams;
  • understand the real issues and what needs to be achieved;
  • determine the best way to reach those outcomes,
  • work with the correct stakeholders – both internal and external to the business,
  • develop strategic direction, being involved in business planning and execution;
  • ask the right questions to understand the real problem; and
  • being able to implement the right solution or process

in order to:

  • remove the complexity in procurement;
  • deliver real win-win outcomes;
  • make a difference to the bottom line;
  • unlock savings,
  • manage risk exposures;
  • increase productivity;
  • help procurement teams thrive; and
  • support women in procurement.

I focus on desired outcomes, outputs and results, not only from a financial or cost perspective but also taking into consideration service, specification, risk and operational requirements; thus a best value for money and total cost of ownership approach.

I have worked in different countries, locations and cultures in the areas of procurement, supply chain, contract management, law and risk.

Previously, I worked in the area of risk management, contractor management and safety.