Outsourcing and managing third-party relationships

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Expertise in auditing third parties, supply chain management, sourcing and shared services methodology (i.e. Business Services Maturity Model – BSM) including assessing the level of compliance with local laws and corporate regulations. Comprehensive understanding of the organization’s thirdparty relationships including contractual obligations and regulatory requirements. Sound understanding of local customs and practices as well as experience in comparing local practices to regulatory standards. Capability to benchmark current SLA agreement against good practice (i.e. using the correct KPIs, compare budget and actual costs against industry standards etc.). Capability to perform third-party audits (e.g. visiting production sites abroad, comparing third-party compliance standards to the organization’s corporate regulations)
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Face-to-face or online

Duration 3 days

Why is this relevant?

To boost productivity and efficiency, organizations are increasingly relying on third parties to carry out vital business functions. For instance, Shared Service Centers (SSC) have grown exponentially in the past decades. This has allowed organizations to concentrate on key activities and optimize costs without compromising effectiveness and efficiency of their internal processes. However, third-party relationships also increase exposure of organizations to new risks and potential compliance failures that may result in fines, lawsuits or reputational damage. Such compliance failures may occur due to:

  • Complexity of outsourcing or third party agreements, particularly due to the increasingly customized and sophisticated nature of services being outsourced.
  • Third parties being granted access to organization networks further increasing the potential for data security breaches.
  • Third parties may operate in areas of political uncertainty, increasing the severity and broadening the nature of risks that the organization is exposed to.

In the context of these risk exposures, organizations need to implement controls to mitigate the risks in order to effectively benefit from third parties relationships. Some considerations may include:

  • Increasing oversight of third-party relationships
  • Enhancing cost reduction
  • Improving contract governance
  • Creating more effective contractual self-reporting processes
  • Ensuring timely detection of risk management failures occurring within third-party business partners

Objectives

Review the third-party selection and due diligence processes including on- and off-boarding processes and controls.

Evaluate contract management to monitor third-party relationships and contract fulfillment.

Make use of right-to-audit clauses in third-party agreements.

Assess and evaluate outsourcing risks related to tax, regulation, accounting, technology and other areas.

Review third-party compliance with generally accepted information security standards.

Provide subject matter expertise input when assessing the maturity level of the Service Delivery Lifecycle.

Audit the Service Delivery Lifecycle model, including strategy, design of the future target operating model and the roadmap for getting there

New skills

Expertise in auditing third parties, supply chain management, sourcing and shared services methodology (i.e. Business Services Maturity Model – BSM) including assessing the level of compliance with local laws and corporate regulations

Comprehensive understanding of the organization’s thirdparty relationships including contractual obligations and regulatory requirements

Sound understanding of local customs and practices as well as experience in comparing local practices to regulatory standards.

Capability to benchmark current SLA agreement against good practice (i.e. using the correct KPIs, compare budget and actual costs against industry standards etc.)

Capability to perform third-party audits (e.g. visiting production sites abroad, comparing third-party compliance standards to the organization’s corporate
regulations)

Course Features

  • Lectures 0
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 52 weeks
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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