David Rourke and Duane Donnelly first met while working as consultants at Deloitte in Canada. As their experience grew and their understanding of the contemporary procurement landscape became more refined, the two consultants came to the realization that there was an underserved market for procurement services in Canada: organizations with sizable operating budgets that weren’t quite big enough to justify their own in-house procurement department. The value proposition was even stronger when it came to nonprofit organizations. They knew how third-party professional procurement services could help nonprofits overcome challenges related to heavily scrutinized spending, compliance issues, internal resource constraints and precarious revenue streams. They just had to get the word out there! It's from these initial observations that Round Table Procurement Services was born.
Round Table intentionally decided to customize their approach to procurement. They tailor their services specifically to the needs of their clients. Instead of using the more traditional "blanket solution" approach to procurement (where often, these "solutions" may not generate the intended benefits), RTPS's sustainable, “hands-on” approach allows them to maintain the forward momentum of each procurement initiative. As a result, Round Table is able to disseminate sector-specific learnings across a wide-variety of organizations facing similar, or unique, challenges.
While maintaining a commitment to the highest professional standards, Round Tables' approach to procurement continues to evolve. We shall use our experiences from the field to continue to develop new services and approaches to your procurement challenges, in the hopes that, one day, every nonprofit may leverage our expertise and enjoy the high-impact outcomes our services can provide.
Our Approach to Procurement
Completely focused on professional procurement.
Professional procurement is about intimately understanding the needs of your client, and how best to acquire them. To do this effectively, you have to understand the procurement process and all its nuances. Round Table does. We can offer nonprofit organizations the necessary expertise and due diligence required to increase the benefits and reduce the risk associated with spending in the nonprofit sector. This provides you and your staff with the ability to focus on providing your community the services they so desparately need. In a nutshell, we focus on our core business - so you can focus on yours!
Utilize our extensive experience and supplier network.
Over the years, our team has evolved into a highly capable and efficient one. We leverage our well-defined tools, templates and procedures to streamline the procurement process and drive improvements. RTPS has also developed strong relationships with many key suppliers and service providers across a vast array of spend categories. As a result, we have an intimate understanding of each industry, how best to work with all the players involved to maximize efficiencies for both our clients and our preferred supplier partners.
Fresh perspective and nimble operations.
As a company of the new millenium, we benefit from the fresh perspective and advanced tools that has grown in our industry over the past two decades. We are not bound by "old-school" procurement practices that bind purchasers to inefficient, often outdated procurement tools and procedures. Nor are we concerned with doing things "the way they have always been done” just for the sake of it. Now, don't get us wrong. Some procedures and practices work, and work well - they have become the industry standard because of this. This we understand and will employ these practices where necessary. But there are other ways - successful ways that we've developed - that can help buyers and suppliers recognize new opportunities for win-win partnerships. Our ability to think outside the box allows us to offer your organization a custom-made solution that will harvest benefits long into the future. Our ability to quickly adapt to changes in the market, the economy and the nonprofit sector allow us to create new and exciting opportunities that will benefit all our clients!
Being able to leverage Round Table's knowledge on a number of important initiatives has been very helpful. In one instance they helped us find a supplier who has constantly performed above and beyond what was outlined in our agreement. In others there have been huge savings in terms of hard costs and time saved by reducing redundant operations for staff. It was one of the best decisions we ever made
Line Gendreau, VP Finance - Accessible Media Inc (AMI)
Working with Round Table is really easy - "knowledgable" doesn't begin to describe them. They are great at listening, great at understanding, putting themselves in our shoes as business owners. I always felt like they were in my court to get a great deal - they were persistent and creative in their efforts to make it happen.
Annabelle Bryden, Director of Operations - Woodgreen Community Services
The staff at Round Table are professional and easy to work with - they simplify what is complex, they provide sound advice and are a pleasure to work with. All my experiences with RTPS have been exceptional and I would highly recommend them!
Darlene Holowachuk, Senior Vice President, Employment & Community - YMCA of Greater Toronto