A shared vision and commitment help with drawing up an efficient procurement strategy

Typically, procurement makes up approximately 60–80% of the company’s turnover. Yet, it is regrettably rare that the importance of a seamless procurement process is acknowledged. When it comes to customer projects, it is often evident that the company’s management lacks a sufficient view of the current state of procurement, there is no regular reporting, and procurement […]

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VSV Group

A procurement development plan yields results
“We had identified the procurement development potential and wanted an external expert to draw up a realistic implementation plan including clear development steps. ValueSource’s clear phased development model yielded results and committed our key personnel to the group’s procurement development journey.”
Rami Tähtinen
CEO, VSV Group

Vakka-Suomen Voima Oy

  • VSV Group’s roots are deep in its over 100 years of history, with the company starting power distribution in Uusikaupunki in 1909. Today, the company distributes power to nine municipalities in the Satakunta region and Finland Proper.
  • Vakka-Suomen Voima Oy was established in 1993 after the merger of Uudenkaupungin Energialaitos and Laitilan Sähkö.
  • Following the liberation of the electricity market, Vakka-Suomen Voima and Rauman Energia established Lännen Omavoima, a company selling electricity and renewable energy solutions.
  • For more information about the ValueSource consulting services, please contact:
    Matti Torkkeli
    Tel.: +358407478304

The start and starting points of cooperation

The management of VSV Group had already identified purchasing costs and development needs. It was just missing a plan and the people to implement it. The target was all of the group’s acquisitions (materials, goods, services, and contracts). The starting point was already extremely carefully considered in a situation where procurement was distributed to business units and subsidiaries. There was no one in charge of procurement, which was performed by various employees throughout the organization in addition to their primary duties.

The process started with a comprehensive assessment of the current state, and the goal was a group-level strategic operating model with common ground rules as well as clear roles and responsibilities utilizing group-level synergies. Another aim was to identify and enable comprehensive procurement support in the systems.

Cooperation roles

We understood that VSV is not a manufacturing business and that its supplier base is very heterogeneous, which meant that the goals and operating models had to be adapted to these realities. The participation of VSV Group’s executive team was essential for our success, and it was excellently implemented—the no. 1 key factor of our success! We planned the key employees’ time use in advance, which enabled us to use our mutual time as efficiently as possible.


The procurement function’s operating model was created at the group-level, including different business operations, procurement categories and responsibilities as well as resourcing and KPI’s. Another key factor was the establishment of a procurement management model, which gave procurement development a clear structure.

It is important to point out that the results were due to the commitment and contribution of the key members of the procurement team. ValueSource helped with sparring, provided guidelines, built an implementation plan for the 2021–2023 period and continues to support VSV Group in the implementation of its procurement strategy.

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