4 customisable OKR examples for Purchasing Team

What are Purchasing Team OKRs?

The OKR acronym stands for Objectives and Key Results. It's a goal-setting framework that was introduced at Intel by Andy Grove in the 70s, and it became popular after John Doerr introduced it to Google in the 90s. OKRs helps teams has a shared language to set ambitious goals and track progress towards them.

OKRs are quickly gaining popularity as a goal-setting framework. But, it's not always easy to know how to write your goals, especially if it's your first time using OKRs.

We've tailored a list of OKRs examples for Purchasing Team to help you. You can look at any of the templates below to get some inspiration for your own goals.

If you want to learn more about the framework, you can read our OKR guide online.

Building your own Purchasing Team OKRs with AI

While we have some examples available, it's likely that you'll have specific scenarios that aren't covered here. You can use our free AI generator below or our more complete goal-setting system to generate your own OKRs.

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Our customisable Purchasing Team OKRs examples

You will find in the next section many different Purchasing Team Objectives and Key Results. We've included strategic initiatives in our templates to give you a better idea of the different between the key results (how we measure progress), and the initiatives (what we do to achieve the results).

Hope you'll find this helpful!

1. OKR to enhance the efficiency of indirect purchasing

  • ObjectiveEnhance the efficiency of indirect purchasing
  • Key ResultReduce indirect purchasing costs by 10%
  • TaskNegotiate better contracts with suppliers to obtain lower prices
  • TaskImplement a centralized purchasing system to reduce overhead costs
  • TaskIdentify and eliminate unnecessary spending in the indirect purchasing process
  • Key ResultImprove vendor satisfaction scores from indirect purchasing by 20%
  • TaskImplement feedback mechanisms for continuous improvement
  • TaskStreamline procurement processes for faster processing
  • TaskRegularly conduct satisfaction surveys among all vendors
  • Key ResultDecrease purchasing process time by 15%
  • TaskTraining staff on time-management and productivity techniques
  • TaskStreamline approval workflows for quicker decision making
  • TaskImplement efficient digital tools to expedite the purchasing process

2. OKR to streamline invoicing and purchasing processes

  • ObjectiveStreamline invoicing and purchasing processes
  • Key ResultIncrease the on-time payment rate for invoices by 25%
  • TaskImplement automated reminders for upcoming invoice due dates
  • TaskOffer incentives for prompt payments
  • TaskSimplify the payment process for customers
  • Key ResultAchieve a 30% reduction in purchasing-related errors
  • TaskIntroduce stricter controls for purchase order approvals
  • TaskIncorporate automated systems in the purchasing process
  • TaskImplement regular training sessions on purchasing procedures
  • Key ResultDecrease invoice processing time by 20%
  • TaskImplement automated invoicing software
  • TaskTrain staff on efficient invoice procedures
  • TaskStreamline invoice approval process

3. OKR to improve indirect purchasing to support HR's talent strategies

  • ObjectiveImprove indirect purchasing to support HR's talent strategies
  • Key ResultNegotiate 10% cost reduction in vendor contracts for HR tools and services
  • TaskDevelop a negotiation strategy focusing on cost reduction
  • TaskIdentify key vendors and analyze existing contracts for negotiation leverage
  • TaskOrganize meetings with vendors to discuss contract renegotiations
  • Key ResultEstablish long-term partnerships with 3 quality talent sourcing agencies
  • TaskSchedule meetings to discuss partnership opportunities
  • TaskResearch and identify potential talent sourcing agencies
  • TaskNegotiate and finalize the agreements
  • Key ResultImplement benefits package appealing to 85% of potential talents by surveying industry standards
  • TaskConduct a survey of industry standards for benefits packages
  • TaskAnalyze survey results to identify popular benefits
  • TaskDesign benefits package based on analyzed data

4. OKR to boost repeat user purchasing rate to 2%

  • ObjectiveBoost repeat user purchasing rate to 2%
  • Key ResultImplement targeted marketing campaigns to increase repeat user engagement by 20%
  • TaskMonitor and adjust campaign based on user feedback
  • TaskIdentify customer preferences through user data analysis
  • TaskDevelop personalized marketing strategies based on preferences
  • Key ResultEnhance user experience to boost repeat user conversion by 15%
  • TaskDevelop personalized user recommendations
  • TaskSimplify navigation and checkout process
  • TaskImplement user feedback for platform improvements
  • Key ResultAnalyze and improve product availability and variety to elevate repeat user orders by 25%
  • TaskImplement improvement strategies based on analysis results
  • TaskTrack and measure improvements in repeat user orders
  • TaskConduct data analysis on current product availability and user preference

Best practices for managing your Purchasing Team OKRs

Generally speaking, your objectives should be ambitious yet achievable, and your key results should be measurable and time-bound (using the SMART framework can be helpful). It is also recommended to list strategic initiatives under your key results, as it'll help you avoid the common mistake of listing projects in your KRs.

Here are a couple of best practices extracted from our OKR implementation guide 👇

Tip #1: Limit the number of key results

The #1 role of OKRs is to help you and your team focus on what really matters. Business-as-usual activities will still be happening, but you do not need to track your entire roadmap in the OKRs.

We recommend having 3-4 objectives, and 3-4 key results per objective. A platform like Tability can run audits on your data to help you identify the plans that have too many goals.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's audit dashboard will highlight opportunities to improve OKRs

Tip #2: Commit to the weekly check-ins

Don't fall into the set-and-forget trap. It is important to adopt a weekly check-in process to get the full value of your OKRs and make your strategy agile – otherwise this is nothing more than a reporting exercise.

Being able to see trends for your key results will also keep yourself honest.

Tability Insights DashboardTability's check-ins will save you hours and increase transparency

Tip #3: No more than 2 yellow statuses in a row

Yes, this is another tip for goal-tracking instead of goal-setting (but you'll get plenty of OKR examples above). But, once you have your goals defined, it will be your ability to keep the right sense of urgency that will make the difference.

As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid having more than 2 yellow/at risk statuses in a row.

Make a call on the 3rd update. You should be either back on track, or off track. This sounds harsh but it's the best way to signal risks early enough to fix things.

Best way to track your Purchasing Team OKRs

OKRs without regular progress updates are just KPIs. You'll need to update progress on your OKRs every week to get the full benefits from the framework. Reviewing progress periodically has several advantages:

  • It brings the goals back to the top of the mind
  • It will highlight poorly set OKRs
  • It will surface execution risks
  • It improves transparency and accountability

Spreadsheets are enough to get started. Then, once you need to scale you can use a proper OKR platform to make things easier.

A strategy map in TabilityTability's Strategy Map makes it easy to see all your org's OKRs

If you're not yet set on a tool, you can check out the 5 best OKR tracking templates guide to find the best way to monitor progress during the quarter.

More Purchasing Team OKR templates

We have more templates to help you draft your team goals and OKRs.

OKRs resources

Here are a list of resources to help you adopt the Objectives and Key Results framework.

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