Announcing the 2014 BravoSolution Real World Sourcing briefings

It seems unbelievable that we’re back at the start of a new year of Real World Sourcing expert briefings, sponsored by BravoSolution, and led by my friend and ex CPO Guy Allen and myself.

But we are. And you can book now for this year’s series of interesting, challenging and useful (that’s our aim, anyway) sessions on hot procurement topics.  For anyone new to this, the format is coffee and assemble at 11am in central London, around an hour or a little more of content – pitched at a pretty high level – which will involve some discussion or even audience participation as well as presentation.

Then we have a good lunch with opportunity for further discussion about the topic and  networking, and finally a wrap up on the topic over coffee, which usually includes some delegate feedback, comments or questions too. All finished by around 2.30pm and you can get back to work – or indeed have a follow up chat with other interesting procurement  people you will undoubtedly meet at the event.

Here are the six topics for this year and the dates.

26th February     Risk Management in the Supply Chain

2 April                Evaluating Bids and Tenders

21 May              Owning the Space  - Working with Stakeholders

17 September     Procurement Skills and Careers- the Next 10 Years

22 October         Making Spend Governance Work

3 December       The 12 Procurement Days of Christmas  (!)

The content is aimed at senior procurement practitioners, although that’s not to say that a bright 25 year old wouldn’t learn a lot. But this is not introductory level stuff in general. There is a nominal charge, mainly to discourage folk from booking and not turning up, taking spaces others would have liked to claim. And BravoSolution also provides a scholarship award of £2500 to spend on training and education for the delegate who gets top marks in the post-event online quiz over the series. There’s also a really good dinner in December for the top ten delegates!

Do have a look at the sessions in more detail here, and book early, particularly for the first couple of sessions. Many have sold out during the first 2 years and we suspect some of these will too. Guy is presenting the first on risk in February, then I’m in the chair for evaluating bids and tenders in early April – a much deeper and more interesting topic than you might expect.

See you there!

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