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Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard for Commercial Procurement or the stand-alone study programme. Which route is best?

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Which route is best? For over 18 months now there have been two options available for procurement professionals who wish to develop their career further by studying of the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply. Basically, these are the two approaches. The Level 4 Apprentice Standard for Commercial Procurement and the existing route, which is for the stand alone Level 4 Diploma study which is generally to attend a CIPS approved study centre, carry out examination based assessments, with supported learning, or, if desired through distance learning. The Level 4 Standard for 4 Commercial Procurement encompasses the Level 4 Diploma and requires the learner to have 20% off the job learning, which ideally is structured to support the apprentice into a fully…

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Success continues for our students

Thursday 6th June 2019

Another successful exam period here at The Procurement Academy for our CIPS students. Nearly all of our students have achieved merits or distinctions, which is a huge credit to their hard work. The pass rate at our approved study centres was a fantastic 95%. A special congratulations is needed for our Diploma students at Sheffield who achieved not only a 100% pass rate like Nottingham but a 100% Distinction pass rate. This is down to the hard work of the students and our brilliant tutor, Reg Dyson. The 100% pass rate at Nottingham, is also down to the excellent efforts of the students but the knowledge passed on from our tutor Mike Donnelly certainly helped them on their way. Are…

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Is it time for a more collaborative approach to specification creation?

Friday 3rd May 2019

Is it about time we stopped dancing around our handbags? The operations expert is charged with writing a specification for an operational activity that is to be carried out by an external provider. This will be provided to procurement. Procurement will interpret the specification as part of a tender or RFQ, and provide a set of standard contract terms. Following bid submission, the process of bid evaluation will take place. The bid evaluation will result in a contract award that forming a legally building contract between the organisation and the provider. The contract will be handed to the operations expert to manage both operationally and contractually and commercially. Does this sound familiar? Now, according to CIPS, a specification is the means of defining the…

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Apprenticeships, where everyone is a winner.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

The Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard in Commercial Procurement & Supply is proving a great success with hundred of Apprentices currently taking endpoint assessments, after starting the programme 12 months ago. So who are the winners? Participants Achieving CIPS Level 4 Diploma supported by applied / action learning in the workplace as well as the support of a qualified coach. Employers Here at The Procurement Academy, nearly half of our Level 4 Diploma candidates, have their tuition funded by the Levy. Is this the solution to the talent pool shortage in Procurement & Supply? It appears to be, as many employers are looking for a cost-effective process to develop their teams in an increasingly uncertain commercial environment. As part of the Level 6 Trailblazer Group, we are…

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Do you want to upskill your procurement function?

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Do you want to upskill your procurement function? In procurement and want to get yourself ready for the next role? Working outside procurement & supply and would like to progress you career in the procurement & supply chain field? • Materials Management • Finance • Stores & warehousing Want to know what 'good' procurement is in other organisations? Want a formal qualification leading to MCIPS? Applied 'best practice' learning in your work environment? Do you tick any of these boxes? If so, the Level 4 Standard in Commercial Procurement & Supply could be the perfect way to taking your next step in your career. The Standard describes the skills,…

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Procurement apprenticeships? How does that work?

Friday 22nd February 2019

Many people still have a pre-existing idea of what an apprenticeship entails but in today's world, they are a completely reformed and exciting method of advancing one's career. No longer just for the 16-18-year-old school leavers but people of all ages looking to develop their skills and capability. This initiative has been produced to improve productivity in the UK by bridging skills gaps identified by British employers. This benefits employers and employees by developing their skills and their careers in Procurement and Supply. This is a new approach to a new syllabus which could land you a new career, how does that sound? For more information, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website with the link below. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/commercial-procurement-and-supply-formerly-public-sector-commercial-professional/ or speak to us about…

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Where is your next procurement colleague coming from?

Wednesday 9th January 2019

According to the Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights report fourth edition 2018, "skills shortages remain prevalent". With 56% of responders facing challenges in finding the right talent, 21% saw a top challenge being competition from other employers. A further insight is that 30% of respondents were looking to change jobs within the next 12 months. With the challenges and opportunities facing UK supply chains following whatever Brexit will be in the end, the last thing we need is unfilled vacancies in procurement and supply chain functions. So where are we looking for soft skills such as communication and relationship management that we advertise as part of a skill set requirement but quite often even with higher salaries and increasing recruitment costs…

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Soft skills to deliver Supply Chain Value Architects

Tuesday 24th April 2018
Mandy Chippindale

I was recently inspired by the work of David Loseby FCIPS, who is leading the way in Behavioural Economics with his soon to be released book on the matter. In this modern Procurement age, the days of squeezing the suppliers out of their last penny to secure that must have ego-fuelled saving target feels somewhat alien to the needs of the business. Hard-faced buyers, who play tough are becoming less desirable in today's high risk, complex procurement and supply chain environment. According to research carried out by David Loseby FCIPS in conjunction with Supply Management. The two most sought-after qualities we demand from our Procurement Leaders are Emotional Intelligence and Influencer-Communicator. So how do we build, nurture and develop these qualities in our…

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What came first the chicken or the pre-contract award phase? (Risk management and supply chain diligence)

Thursday 22nd February 2018

The colonel is working on it was the humorous response from KFC recently when asked when and how they would resolve the supply issue of chicken as the shortages continue. The issue stems from KFC switching its deliveries from Bidvest Logistics to DHL in a deal struck last year. KFC's problem? - They're huge and the press loves a multimillion monumental screw-up. A similar situation happened at Burger King six years ago, so why aren't we learning? Apparently, the issue is software malfunction and a shortage of staff. Doesn't this remind us of the Olympics when there was a dramatic shortage of security staff, as the customer of G4S wouldn't pay for training and development ahead of schedule, thus…

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Two-minute guide to Category Management and its benefits

Wednesday 21st February 2018

What is Category Management? In a nutshell Category Management is the consolidation of different agreements into a single streamline and efficient contract. The Category part is a grouping if items or services available from the same or a similar supplier base. The Management side is to own these areas and ensure the business can monopolise on the best available savings. The benefits to the business. • Expected savings of between 10-30% upon delivery. • Development capability across supply base, especially strategic suppliers. • Shift from a reactive function to a proactive function. • Improvements cross functionally in quality, cost savings, sales forecasts and service levels. • Excellent reputation from customers i.e. on-time delivery. • Reduces risk in the supply chain. • High payback ratio. The Procurement Academy offers a 2-day course in Category Management to bring any…

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