Case Study: Andra

Andra Saves Big by Streamlining the Entire Purchasing Process

Industrial Organization Accelerates Entire Procurement Function

The Business

Before using Corcentric, Andra, the French national radioactive waste management agency, was using paper for its purchasing process. The agency was looking for a Purchase-to-Pay solution to reduce their costs and implement a sustainable development policy by getting rid of the paper trail. Their other main goal was to streamline the entire purchasing process.

GOALS:

  • Bring better visibility
  • Drive better purchasing monitoring
  • Speed up the approval process

“We wanted to give our managers complete visibility and ensure the chosen solution wouldn’t only be a black box,” said Aurélien Larrat, Purchasing Performance Project Manager. “We were looking for an easy to use solution which could evolve to be as close as possible to our existing processes, a tool that allows everyone to monitor their purchasing request approval process”.

To guarantee the success of this project, the organization conducted a RFI and compared over 30 solutions to find the one which would best meet the requirements of the executives. “One of the main benefits of Corcentric is its e-commerce like ease of use. Corcentric allows us to standardize our approval rules using dynamic workflows due to its flexibility.” – Aurélien Larrat, Purchasing Performance Project Manager, Andra

The Experience

Following that RFI, Andra selected Corcentric because their solution was easy to use, easy to configure, and its capacity to adapt the application to their business requirements. In order to ensure the success of that initiative, about 30 experts and future users have been working together during the implementation.

By doing so, Corcentric has been able to improve the monitoring of the agency’s purchasing activities while reducing the average approval process time. Implementing Corcentric Platform solution has led to fast implementation to over 500 users, resulting in quick return on investment. The application installed includes features such as eProcurement, approval workflow automation, and supplier management.

Corcentric has allowed Andra to manage all their purchasing categories, catalogs and spend in a one centralized platform, including services which represents most of their spending. “Andra wanted to give complete spend visibility to the approvers,” said Aurélien Larrat, Purchasing Performance Project Manager, Andra.

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The Future

Corcentric has been able to efficiently manage the organization’s expectation by streamlining their purchasing activities while improving their monitoring capacity. Andra can now manage all purchasing requests and purchase orders within Corcentric.  By doing so, the agency has improve its visibility from requests all the way to invoicing, reduce the average approval processing time, and reduce indirect costs.

One of the main benefits of Corcentric is its e-commerce like ease of use. Corcentric allows us to standardize our approval rules using dynamic workflows due to its flexibility.”

~  Aurélien Larrat, Purchasing Performance Project Manager

In addition to the current features in place, Andra wants to integrate the supplier score carding capacity to their existing Corcentric  environment. This feature will allow them to better manage their suppliers’ performance while minimizing risks. “Corcentric has been answering to our requirements by allowing to configure the different fields to the specificity of our activity,” said Larrat.

Corcentric is now used by +550 users, and the tool manages +3500 purchase orders and +10000 invoices a year. The next steps will include the integration of the Determine solution to their SAP application, leading to even faster process, and the implementation of Corcentric’s Sourcing offer.

Spotlight

Customer

Andra Logo

Solutions Deployed

  • Procurement

About the Company

Andra is an industrial and commercial organization that leverages solutions to manage French radioactive waste, in order to preserve current and future human beings.

WORLD HQ:
Paris, France

Size:
€284 Million

INDUSTRY:
Energy & Utilities

Results

75%

budget towards purchasing

90

days to go live

98%

cut in approval rules

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