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University of Bristol buyer transforms procurement

The University of Bristol’s head buyer has told of how she turned around procurement to make savings. Anj Cooke arrived at the university in August 2014 to head up a new procurement department, responsible for the purchase of goods and services. She said the department was in need of a “refresh, realignment and rejig” around […]

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Caspar Berry at eWorld – Unreliable Experts, Risk and Butterflies

At last week’s eWorld conference, the morning keynote speaker was Caspar Berry, ex actor and scriptwriter, professional poker player and now an expert on risk and related issues. He got the balance right in terms of some jokes, lots of fast-paced and often humorous slides, but also some serious content. He drew parallels between the […]

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What to do in your first 100 days as CPO

The first 100 days in a new procurement role should be used to “pull information” from stakeholders, the top buyer at Aspen Group has said. Buyers who are starting as head of procurement in a new organisation should avoid over-selling themselves or the function when first meeting new stakeholders, said Michael Pearson, group head of […]

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eWorld Procurement and Supply – An Overview of the Day

Last Wednesday, a Spend Matters UK and US contingent hit the latest eWorld Procurement and Supply conference and exhibition at the QE2 Centre London. We will have more detailed reporting on a number of the presentations including very good keynotes from risk expert and ex power player Casper Barry and Jim Hemmington, procurement director at […]

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Procurement’s secret weapons to survive automation

The BBC’s head buyer is optimistic the procurement function won’t be replaced by robots if it adapts to become a strategic part of the business. “Don’t be that function that’s the old oil tanker, taking months to change its processes. Be the speedboat, weaving in and out, responding to economic and environmental storms,” said Jim […]

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Can Procurement Make a Difference – Philosophical Discussions at eWorld

At the recent eWorld event, I led a workshop discussion titled “Making a Difference”.   The nature of those sessions at eWorld is “no PowerPoint”, which suited the somewhat last minute decision to do this, and it is a rule that encourages real discussion. So, here is the slightly abbreviated and edited  introduction I gave to […]

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Giles Breault at eWorld – Procurement Must Change Focus

At the recent eWorld event, the keynote speech was delivered by Giles Breault. He was CPO in a number of Pharma firms and ended up at Novartis where his role encompassed both procurement and other “productivity” initiatives. I first met him a few years back at an industry dinner, where he made a brief speech […]

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eWorld Sept 2016 – A Brave New World, Market Dojo

This years eWorld Procurement and Supply Summit was a first time for three members of our team. All of us armed with the prior experience of tradeshows but were surprised by the range of procurement innovations and technologies on show…. To read more from Market Dojo click here.

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YOU WANT TO INNOVATE? SO DON’T ASK – DO, PPN

The newly refurbished QEII exhibition centre in Westminster threw its doors open once more to the 31st eWorld Procurement & Supplyevent on Tuesday. And as I walked, thankfully for once without the need of a brolly (it always rains at eWorld), I reflected on that as quite an achievement…. To read the full blog post […]

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eWorld Procurement and Supply – First Impressions, Peter Smith, Spend Matters

eWorld was back again yesterday at the QEII Centre in Westminster, with a full cast of exhibiting solution providers, a strong conference programme and around 200 delegates from a wide range of public and private sector organisations… To find out more of Peter Smith’s, from Spend Matters, first impressions of eWorld September 2016 click here.

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