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Procurement Has Advanced In 30 Years – But Not That Much!

This was from Supply Management last week, in their coverage of the CIPS SM Awards. “When I started 30 years ago [procurement] wasn’t really a […]

The Prodigal Returns – Justin Sadler-Smith Comes Back to Procurement with SAP Ariba

We heard yesterday that Justin Sadler-Smith is taking up a new role at SAP Ariba next week, as Head of the SAP Ariba UK business. […]

Andrew Forzani Jets In As New Procurement Commander At UK Ministry Of Defence

Andrew Forzani has been appointed the new Ministry of Defence Chief Commercial Officer. He takes over from Steve Morgan, who we believe is retiring. Morgan […]

Department of Health Scores Top Drugs Man As Commercial Supremo

Last week the UK Department of Health appointed its first ever Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Oldfield. We described the job here when it was advertised […]

New Challenges for Alex Kleiner – European Boss Leaves Coupa After “Six Great Years”

The Coupa story will no doubt make a decent business book one day, describing how Rob Bernshteyn and his team took the firm from tiny […]

An Evening with Paul Howard – New Zealand Defence Force Procurement Leader

On Friday we mentioned my evening with Paul Howard, previously a procurement executive in several UK central government organisations. Paul moved out to New Zealand […]

Retaining Procurement Talent – Lessons From Spurs

Regular readers know that anything can set us off with a thought or idea about procurement that seems worth discussing. In this case – and […]

Developing Procurement Skills – Without Spending a Penny (Part 2)

This week we have been looking at the need to develop procurement staff in the light of worrying findings in the recent Deloitte CPO survey. […]

Developing Procurement Skills – Without Spending a Penny (Part 1)

Yesterday we put into context the need to develop procurement staff in the light of worrying findings in the Deloitte CPO survey, which suggested that […]

Lord Maude Interview In Supply Management Pulls Its Punches

The new issue of Supply Management magazine features an interview with Francis Maude, now Lord Maude, who was the “Minster for Procurement” in the 2010-15 […]

So You Want to Go Into Procurement Consulting – Thoughts from the USA (& from Me)

The Spend Matters US site featured another article last week from Rebecca Karp, who writes about setting up and running her own procurement consulting business. […]