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Automated Category Analytics and Insights

We are looking for a category analytics and insights solution to help procurement teams collect external market drivers and price forecasts, and generate insights in combination with internal spend and demand data sources.

Challenge Details

Roche Global Procurement is looking for a cutting-edge category analytics and insight solution to provide the procurement team with demand forecasts and price forecasts, based on both internal and external data sources. This should enhance operational efficiency (especially in highly fragmented categories) and provide the team with actionable insights that enable Roche to enhance their purchasing strategies and allow for dynamic category management – with the aim of achieving improved risk mitigation, smarter negotiations, and transparent and optimized demand management.

Selection Criteria

  • Software/tool/system: Roche is looking for a (ideally cloud based and automated) software/ a tool/ a system that has a great UI/UX, configurable and offers a high degree of automation.
  • Market price forecasting: is your solution able to forecast future prices and follow key market trends? Examples of price related forecasts could be forecasting of potential raw-material price movements and shortage, new market entrants, alternatives and other key commercial trends.
  • Demand forecasting: is your solution able to forecast future user demand based on historical data analysis? This should cover both quantitative inputs as well as allow customizable qualitative inputs.
  • Combination of market price forecasting & demand forecasting: is your solution able to integrate the insights from price and demand forecasts and generate actionable narrative insights for dynamic category management.
  • Systems/solution Integration: is your solution able to integrate with ERP systems of large multinationals and a (digital) business data warehouse containing ~500k line items and is your solution able to easily integrate with other solutions and platforms?


As part of Roche Global Procurement’s ambition to build the next generation procurement organization, they are in the midst of a transformation journey with an agenda focused on building a future operating model that combines new agile ways of working and true business partnering.

Through this initiative, they want to take their cooperation with tech companies to the next level. This will be accomplished through a structured platform for cooperation and collaboration between the Roche Global Procurement team and technology providers.

Practical Details

The challenge owners will select the top applicants, who will be invited for a virtual selection day. The top applicants will get the chance to share their solution with key Roche stakeholders. Afterwards, the top candidate(s) for the challenge may be invited to participate in a pilot to test their solution in the field.

  • You may receive a development and pilot budget
  • Access to a global network of connected businesses and the potential opportunity to scale your solution across Roche following a successful pilot
  • Exposure to the Digital Procurement World (DPW) network, including other clients who may be interested in your solution

Think you can solve this challenge? Apply by 22nd April, 2021

  • About You

  • Your solution (please answer at least the questions below) - 1200 Characters

    • • Describe your solution, product, service or platform.
    • • Describe your USP’s.
    • • Could you provide us with the key functionalities that your solution could deliver?
  • Challenge / Solution fit – 800 characters

    • • Describe how your solution fits the aforementioned challenge and which of the mentioned insights your solution offers.
    • • Describe related success stories of your solutions with other customers (ideally industry and/or challenge specific).
  • Selection criteria – 800 characters

    • • Do you offer software/ a tool/ a system?
    • • Is your solution able to do price/market driver forecasting, and also demand forecasting?
    • • Is your solution able to combine internal and external data/insight and generate narrative insight?
    • • Is your solution able to integrate with ERP systems of large multinationals and a (digital) business data warehouse?
  • Motivation - 600 Characters

    • • Describe your motivation for applying to this challenge.
    • • Describe what kind of partnership you would ideally envision.
    • • Can you provide an estimation of costs you would have to make (if applicable) and a timeline?
  • Technology - 400 Characters

    • • Describe the applied technology of your solution.
    • • Do you use any of the following technologies in your products: AI/ML, Blockchain, Robotic Process Automation or other? (Note that the use of these technologies is not mandatory, but the information is being collected for data analysis purposes.)
  • Business Information

    • • What is your financial situation (pre-revenue, revenue etc.)?
    • • Who are your top 3 competitors?
    • • What is the URL of your company website?
    • • Do you have relevant online information summarizing your solution that you want to share? (please share URL)
  • If you sign up for the challenge your data will be transferred to Digital Procurement World, The Next Web B.V., NLMTD B.V. and / Datalicious B.V. for the purpose of assessing startups fit for the three challenges relating to Master Data Management, Project and portfolio management and Market insights and analysis set by Roche’s Global Procurement function. We advise you to check their websites, here, here, here and here for the privacy policies they have in place.