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Fast-track Your Career with the IFPSM Certification

Contract management, project management, category management, strategy, negotiation… a procurement officer needs to be skilled in many areas to adequately perform their role. With the rise of digital applications within the industry, such as AI and machine learning, the skill base is only getting broader. It goes without saying that…

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Navigating the Great Resignation

An event as profound and far-reaching as the COVID-19 pandemic was always going to affect how we see things. For employees, this has meant looking around at their organisation and wondering if this is where they want to be. October 2019 saw a 26% jump in the number of employees…

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Uncertainty is the New Certainty

All procurement teams need to ask themselves a question: are we getting any better at responding to disruptive events? Over the past decades, we’ve had plenty of practice. Climate change is intensifying weather events all over the globe, leading to more devastating bushfires, tsunamis, floods and droughts. In the background,…

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Procurement Can Drive Decarbonisation

Hurricanes in the Philippines, cyclones in North and Central America, flash flooding in Afghanistan and, of course, bushfires in Australia. There’s no place in the world that isn’t immune to the devastating effects of global warming. As we draw inevitably closer to the 1.5°C increase in average global temperatures, things…

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The 6 Competencies You Need for Digital Procurement

Digitising the procurement function is your number one priority. Along with nearly all procurement teams worldwide, you’ve already started this process. Unfortunately, you’ve no doubt discovered significant skills gaps preventing you from taking full advantage of all that digitisation has to offer. You’re not alone. 83% of respondents to an…

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You Shouldn’t Have! How to Manage Gifts from Suppliers

It used to be de rigueur. Gifts from suppliers, particularly around the festive season, were commonplace and expected. Up until the end of the 20th century, tickets to corporate boxes at the footy match or meals at fine-dining restaurants were all part of doing business, and a gift policy rarely…

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How A Skills Gap Analysis Can Streamline Your Professional Development

Procurement departments are dealing with two key pressure points right now. The first one is a skills shortage, which is hurting industries the world over. The second is the pandemic, which has placed more demand on procurement officers than ever before. The fact is, more is being demanded from fewer,…

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How to Implement Proper Vendor Risk Management

For the vast majority of organisations, key strategic imperatives involve the use of third party suppliers. To achieve processing efficiency and cost savings, among other objectives, there’s simply no other way. But, as much as sourcing and offshoring initiatives are beneficial, they’re not without their risks. And as supply chains…

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Stay on Top of Probity with Cutting Edge AI

In the 24 months leading up to 2020, 22% of Australian organisations lost over $7.1m to fraud. An additional 40% lost over $1.4m. Where there’s money, there’s temptation and, with large sums of money and many stakeholders involved, procurement is particularly vulnerable to corruption. We’re all aware of this. Awareness,…

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Successfully Navigate Digitising The Procurement Process

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If information is power, then procurement occupies the throne, sitting as it does at the confluence of huge streams of data that flow between the company and its partners and stakeholders. Having access to all this information, however, is not the same thing as understanding it. If organisations want to…

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