This Week’s Summary of Articles from Public Spend Matters Europe

Time again for a roundup of the articles published on Public Spend Matters Europe (PSME). Our public sector site is building momentum and receiving good reception from the public procurement community around Europe. There’s a new article every day so the volume of diverse and interesting reads is really starting to mount up. Each Friday, we are featuring a brief summary of the main articles published that week on PSME. If you see something of interest, please click through and take a look at the whole thing – there’s lots to catch up on around Europe.

Private Sector Procurement Jobs - What Sort of Firms Recruit? 

We’re particularly interested in the options and issues facing public sector procurement people who might be looking at a move into the private sector.  In an earlier post, we looked at the factors that might influence your decision on whether to look for a new job at all. In this post we consider the sort of options that are available in terms of private sector procurement jobs and look at what sort of firms recruit public sector procurement professionals.

Collaborative Sourcing in the Public Sector Is on the Rise

'IDC Government Insights' helps government policy, programme and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, to make more effective technology decisions. One of the analysts is Max Claps, who is research director for IDC Health Insights and IDC Government Insights in EMEA. We highlight one of his articles on why he believes collaborative sourcing in the public sector is becoming more of a game changer.

New Procurement Directives - Will Authorities Really Be Able To Exclude Bidders?

One of the apparent benefits of the new EU Procurement Directives is the ability to exclude bidders from tenders based on their previous poor performance in delivering public sector contracts. This is something that the private sector does quite naturally. If a supplier lets you down, then you don’t give them the next contract. So we wonder why it has taken the EU and public procurement generally so long to realise that this is a sensible move.

Changing Jobs - Facing an Interview for a Private Sector Procurement Role 

Let us assume you have got to interview with a private sector firm of some sort, whether management, consulting, or a more hands-on procurement role. How to perform well in these situations is a huge topic, but today we look at a very specific issue. How can you convince the interviewer that your background in the public sector is not a barrier to employing you in the private sector?

Three Upcoming Events for Public Procurement Professionals 

Looking at the next few months, there are a number of events in the pipeline that will be of interest to public procurement people.  Here are three specifically focused on the public sector:

  • the 3rd European Conference on e-Public Procurement (ECPP) May 19th
  • the Welsh Procurement Week, from 16th – 20th of March
  • the National GO (Government Opportunities) Awards Dinner on February 26th


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