SCF Awards 2023 – Technology & Telecom

Rea Bosco Vaz

date: December 4, 2023

Insights on the SCF programme of Cellnex, the Winner of the 2023 SCF Awards Technology & Telecom category.

Winner: Cellnex

Partner: Santander S.A.

Cellnex has emerged triumphant not only in the Technology and Telecom category but also secured the prestigious Gold Award at the Supply Chain Finance Awards 2023. Their remarkable SCF initiative aimed at transitioning local suppliers to sustainable financing while emphasizing effective collaboration among various internal departments—sales, legal, procurement, treasury, and more—has been acknowledged. This program stands out for its effective engagement with multiple stakeholders, aligning strategic goals with an eye on sustainability. The initiative’s focus on facilitating sustainable financial practices across their local supplier base underscores Cellnex’s commitment to fostering a responsible and efficient supply chain in the technology and telecom sector. 

Navigating the Complexities: Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement 

One of the pivotal strengths of Cellnex’s SCF program lies in its collaborative approach, involving multiple internal departments. The collaboration spans crucial domains such as sales, legal, procurement, treasury, and more, indicating a holistic engagement strategy. In a sector where fragmentation and siloed operations can hinder progress, Cellnex’s approach reflects a conscious effort to align diverse stakeholder interests toward a unified goal. 

Sales: Driving the SCF Agenda 

Sales, being the frontline force, plays a pivotal role in any SCF program. In the case of Cellnex, the sales department emerges as a driving force, spearheading the SCF agenda. Their active involvement indicates a strategic alignment between revenue generation and sustainable financing. The synergy between sales and SCF not only optimizes cash flows but also enhances the overall financial health of the organization. 

Legal: Ensuring Compliance and Risk Mitigation 

Legal considerations are paramount in the complex landscape of SCF, where adherence to regulations and risk mitigation are non-negotiable. Cellnex’s collaboration with the legal department underscores a commitment to transparency, compliance, and risk management. By navigating the intricate legal landscape, Cellnex ensures that its SCF program operates within the bounds of regulatory frameworks, safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders involved. 

Procurement: Strengthening Supplier Relationships 

In the evolving dynamics of supply chains, procurement plays a crucial role in shaping supplier relationships. Cellnex’s SCF program, with the active involvement of the procurement department, aims not only at optimizing working capital but also at fostering stronger ties with suppliers. The program becomes a tool for enhancing collaboration and mutual growth, turning suppliers into strategic partners rather than mere transactional entities. 

Treasury: Optimizing Financial Operations 

The treasury department, being at the core of financial operations, is integral to the success of any SCF initiative. In the case of Cellnex, the collaborative efforts with the treasury department indicate a focus on optimizing financial operations. Through SCF, Cellnex achieves enhanced liquidity management, improved cash conversion cycles, and increased financial flexibility, all of which contribute to the company’s financial resilience. 

The Holistic Impact: Beyond Financial Gains 

Cellnex’s collaborative SCF program extends beyond the quantifiable financial gains. By involving various internal stakeholders, Cellnex fosters a culture of cross-functional collaboration and shared responsibility. This not only enhances the efficiency of the SCF program but also contributes to the overall organizational resilience and adaptability. 

In the competitive landscape of SCF, Cellnex stands out as a trailblazer, not merely for its financial acumen but for its commitment to collaborative excellence. The successful alignment of sales, legal, procurement, and treasury departments showcases Cellnex’s dedication to a sustainable and integrated approach to SCF. As the business landscape continues to evolve, Cellnex’s SCF case serves as a blueprint for companies aspiring to navigate the complexities of modern supply chains through strategic collaboration and sustainable financing. 

Rea Bosco Vaz

Rea Bosco Vaz is the Head of Product and Market for the SCF Community and a researcher at the Faculty of Supply Chain Finance at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, in the Netherlands. Her research currently focuses on combining the fields of geosciences and SCF through the subject of critical raw materials (CRM). Rea also works for the SCF Community on events, marketing and as a liaison to finance and tech providers in the SCF industry.