Dr Stefan Gassner

Dr Stefan Gassner

Director, Procurement Practice Lead

PhD (Business), MIntBus, MBus/MEcon, MCIPS

Dr Stefan Gassner is a driven procurement leader with ten years’ experience in supply chain, procurement and commercial management, including internationally. Leading Grosvenor’s Procurement Practice, Stefan loves delivering tangible results and has worked for more then 70 of the biggest organisation in Australia to transform their procurement functions, deliver high stakes sourcing projects and implement performance management processes.

During his PhD, Stefan developed a framework to support the decision as to what services should be kept inhouse and which ones are best outsourced, which has been published as a book in Germany. A visible expert, Stefan is regularly engaged to present at procurement conferences and seminars and regularly contributes to thought leadership pieces.

Stefan loves a challenge and clients value his communication skills, stakeholder engagement and evidence-based approach to consulting.

"Effecting significant change in such a well-entrenched and established profession such as procurement is a real challenge but that’s why I do what I do. Modern day procurement teams are in a unique position to become trusted internal advisors delivering visible and tangible results well beyond just the realm of cost savings and tender processes. That’s what drives me, helping take my clients and their teams to the next level professionally and within their organisations."

Key areas of expertise

  • High Stakes Procurement
  • Procurement Transformation
  • Supplier Leadership
  • Contract Management
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Category Management

Highlights

  • Designed and implemented three greenfield procurement functions in the utilities and infrastructure industries with average savings of 14% across the spend portfolio
  • Assessed thirteen procurement functions in the public and private sector against better practice and recommended how to improve current practice to streamline procurement and deliver tangible results for the business
  • Designed and implemented contract management and supplier relationship across half a dozen large public and private sector organisations that led to better supplier performance and reduced risks for my clients
  • Facilitated the commissioning of the Smart, Skilled and Hired Youth Employment program and led the relevant procurement stream for ten outcome based contracts. This included creating a new market for a complex and high stakes service that materially betters the employment outcomes for disadvantaged youths in regional NSW
  • Trained more than 600 procurement professionals in better practice procurement and contract management