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Top 5 tips to help you smash the upcoming CIPS exams!

Wednesday 10th January 2018

1) Organise your work space This seems a simple one but many times this is the most essential. Is there enough light? Are you warm enough? Too warm? Are all distractions out of sight? (TV, radio and mobile phone etc?) Your study space is important, make sure everyone knows you have an exam and you need time and space to revise in a suitable area. 2) Explain your answers to others Speaking out loud to friends, family, loved ones and even pets can help cermet the information firmly into your brain. If you can't explain it to them thoroughly then you know there are areas which you need to work on. 3) Take regular breaks Devise a revision schedule giving yourself plenty of breaks.…

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What will set the Procurement Academy aside from the rest when it comes to delivering Apprenceships?

Tuesday 2nd January 2018

We deliver excellent training by thoroughly understanding the challenges that face Procurement & Supply Chain leaders today. We are forward thinking; constantly updating our knowledge to keep you and your team ahead of the game in the Procurement profession. We regularly engage with CIPS holding our own talks and conferences on current Procurement & Supply Chain issues such as Modern day slavery. We believe that having a versatile structure by incorporating blended learning through adobe captivate by using iPad's allows the tech savvy apprentices to save time, effort and the environment (all notes from tutorials can be saved on the iPad.) All our tutors have a wealth of academic and on-the-job experience: (http://www.theprocurementacademy.com/our-tutors) We have a structured feedback and monitoring system…

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The Skills Gap in Procurement

Tuesday 19th December 2017
Mandy Chippindale

In today's world of procurement with its ever changing and fast paced nature some professionals are been left behind in an identified Skills Gap. The reasons for this skills gap are as follows: 1) Businesses are not aware there is a skill-gap and are not utilising the apprenticeship levy, educational/training budget effectively. This can be There are some key clues in determining if your organisation is failing to see a skills-gap. These are: • There is not an extensive history of training/qualification in the procurement team or even the business. • There is a victim-culture in the procurement team, (it's not my fault, it's the suppliers etc) • There continuous firefighting and seeing beyond the immediate tender and negotiation process doesn't happen. • Seen as primarily…

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The importance of an Apprenticeship in Procurement and Supply Chain.

Wednesday 13th December 2017
Mandy Chippindale

We must reinforce to businesses the importance of apprenticeships, never mind apprenticeships in Procurement and Supply Chain, apprenticeships full stop. With today's University Fees skyrocketing, as demonstrated in the Guardian below "It's calculated the average student would leave university with a debt of more than £50,000 - rising to an average of £57,000 for the poorest, who borrow more for their living costs." (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/11/student-debt-graduates-tuition-fees) In conjunction to this the government has introduced the apprenticeship levy, a compulsory tax on employers to help fund the development and delivery of apprenticeships, with the aim of improving the quality and quantity of those available. Employers fall into one of two groups: levy payers and non-levy payers. Employers with a paybill of more than £3 million…

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Improve the capabilites of your Procurement team.

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Mandy Chippindale

In today's transformational Procurement world, it isn't enough to be just a 'YES' person anymore. This will no longer impress stakeholders and if it does, you need to ask yourself; are you working for the right organisation? Are you questioning the status quo, considering risk mitigation/collaborative problem solving and looking beyond the confines of the tender process ' this is all part of the innovation movement within procurement. Certain rules must be adhered to and delegated authority must be respected but empowering your people is paramount in securing and cascading capability in procurement. Invest in your people, invest in your business - here are three ways to improve the capabilities of your Procurement team and a word of warning, it…

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Productivity in Procurement

Wednesday 29th November 2017
Mandy Chippindale

"Until we manage time, we manage nothing else" ~ Peter Drucker As we move into the technological era of procurement, the most innovative amongst us are looking for new ways to maximise productivity. Carrying out activities because it's "what we've always done" and "standard process" just won't cut it with our savvy time saving and efficient procurement contemporaries and demanding stakeholders. Below are just a few of the quick-wins for businesses looking to improve their productivity in procurement: Improve communication: It sounds a simple one but nine out of ten times when beginning skills training within organisations, I observe that the basics are not in place to ensure the communication routes are clear, concise and consistent. If all members of the team are…

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

Friday 22nd September 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 22nd September 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 22nd September 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 5th September 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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