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Do you manage contracts – Get the commercial edge – book onto this IACCM course now!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

"Poor contract management costs companies 9% loss- bottom line." Tim Cummins There are many weaknesses identified within contract and commercial management in today's world of Procurement. These are: • Third party power imbalance • Lack of soft skills • Lack of cooperation due to supplier relationship breakdown • Influence of corporate governance. • Weakness in change management • Price disputes "10 years ago the formation of IACCM was a leap of faith. Sally Hughes 21.09.17 " Join Mandy Chippindale FCIPS Chartered on our 2 day course on the 4th/5th October 9:30am-4:30 am @ Nottingham Conference Centre. The 2 day course will cover: • Negotiation techniques and styles. • Contract implementation and management. • Ensuring contracts are implemented to be mutually satisfying. • Tried and tested category management tools. • Managing risk. • Leverage and bargaining powers. • Strategic/ transactional contracts and negotiations. • Strategic/practical negotiating. Book…

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Modern Day Slavery with Mandy Chippindale on the 9th November at Sheffield Hallam.

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Providing a background and history to the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015, what it means to procurement & Supply Chain professionals. Where it exists, what are the risks and how to ensure that your organisation complies with the law using appropriate supply chain diligence. As a result of attending this talk you will • Understand what slavery is in the modern day context • Appreciate the scale and impact of modern day slavery • Understand the law on modern day slavery • Understand their responsibilities under the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015 • Understand the link between supply chain transparency and the Slavery Act • Update on progress in compliance Mandy Chippindale FCIPS Chartered, Director of The Procurement Academy. Mandy has worked as a Direct Associate for the Chartered Institute of…

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EXAM TECHNIQUES - 12th October. Novotel in Leeds with Mandy Chippindale

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Mandy Chippindale FCIPS Chartered, Director The Procurement Academy A presentation by The Procurement Academy covering: guidance on exam revision; tips, tools and techniques to help optimise your revision time; an opportunity to interact with the speaker and others attending the event. Furthermore, this is an opportunity to contribute your thoughts regarding potential future events/workshops for students. Mandy has a passion for procurement and a passion for developing people. She now has her dream job working as a tutor with The Procurement Academy. She has worked at a senior level with a number of blue chip companies including Tata Steel and Unipart Group. She has spent the last five years working with clients of CIPS on a global basis delivering qualifications, corporate award,…

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Procurement and Modern Day Slavery Part 2

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) state there is no official template but that the statement should contain: 1. An outline of an organisation's structure, business and supply chains. 2. Policies and due diligence in relation to slavery and human trafficking. 3. An identification of parts of its business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk. 4. An assessment of its effectiveness in ensuring slavery and trafficking are not taking place in its business or supply chains measured against performance indicators it considers appropriate. 5. Information about training concerning slavery and human trafficking that's available to staff. Whilst this is now law, it should be common place practice anyway within procurement and…

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Procurement and the Modern Day Slavery Act - Part 1

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it." The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, "Letter To Henry L. Pierce and Others" (April 6, 1858), p. 376. The Modern Day Slavery Act is primarily concerned with targeting slavery - particularly linked with the trafficking of human beings. The act was originally introduced to the House of Commons as a draft form in October 2013 by James Brokenshire. Finally on the 26th March 2015 it gained royal assent and became law. The law refers to current provisions in the following three areas: •Creating two new civil orders to prevent modern slavery. •Established an Anti-Slavery Commissioner. •Makes…

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Building Soft Skills in Procurement Part 3

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Exceptional people and relationship management skills Communication and negotiation are an interchangeable skill set and a foundation for people and relationship management skills. As human beings we communicate and negotiate on a daily basis and how effective individuals are in this area determines their ability to motivate people to achieve the organisations and their personal goals. This is never more applicable than to supplier relationships; as every occurrence of communication prior to and post nomination equates to the final supplier relationship you are left with. This needs to be a strong relationship to ensure it is performance driven post nomination and the longevity in securing the supplier; as a strategic and reliable one. Execution of ideas and strategy There are always so many…

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Building Soft Skills in Procurement Part 2

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Strategic procurement and logical thinking Individuals who possess strategic and logical thinking as part of their working procedure have the innate ability to plan effectively, aligning their own aspirations and goals with that of the organisation. They help give clear direction for managers, outline longer term planning, and identify risk and opportunities (supply chain and risk analysis). Effective communication The ability to communicate across all levels is key to a successful procurement professional. Effectiveness in communication also means trust. Do your stakeholders trust you can maintain and deliver? Individuals who remain calm in emotional situations earn trust and can be relied upon. Communication goes beyond speaking, it is essential the individual can listen and interpret these requirements before ultimately executing them. Understanding emotional and…

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Building Soft Skills in Procurement

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Building Soft Skills in Procurement There is nothing soft about successfully building up a soft skill set within procurement. In soft skills, the word "soft" is used loosely. "Over the past three years the role that procurement plays has evolved and the result is an increased demand for procurement professionals with a more strategic outlook." (Law (July 2017) Six of the best procurement skills to have for the future :(http//:www.hays.co.uk/features/HAYS_057692) It is important to give soft skills the attention they deserve - holding them in the same regard as the more traditional skills linked with procurement - usually the more technical solid skills. There is confusion about which skills fall under the blanket term soft skills to be clear soft skills are primarily…

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The real cost of replacing lost talent

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

In a recent Hays Survey, 51% of organisations faced challenges in finding the right staff over the last 12 months; 47% found recruiting challenges being a lack of sector skills and experience. Retaining talent is much easier and less costly than replacing talent, it is also less risky and time-consuming. If you even have a Procurement Department of around 20 people and you lose 10%, it will still cost you in the region of £8,000-£12,000 in recruitment agency fees to replace them. That is £12,000 out of a budget that probably doesn't actually exist, not to mention the time taken in: • Reviewing CVs. • 1st interviews, • 2nd interviews • …

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Strategy Deployment in the Supply Chain

Friday, June 16th, 2017

This is how you get your team to: Be aligned to the business; Start to create value for the customer Drive competitive advantage through supplier led innovation Tried & Tested. Strategy Deployment has been around in lean thinking organisations for a number of years as a way of getting employees aligned and delivering value for the business. However, what we are seeing today is the need for supplier resources to be engaged in this process in order enhance the alignment and capability of our Supply Chain and therefore be ahead of our competitors. So, how can I say this is tried and tested? Well because it is. In the past I have worked on numerous Strategy Deployment events in many organisations, they have driven change and improved…

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