How to nail a job in procurement

  Many leading recruiters offer general advice on how to prepare for and behave in an interview situation. That’s all freely available and very helpful, but what about preparing for a procurement or supply chain [...]

A delicate alliance – Human Resources and Procurement

Human Resources (HR) executives are used to managing their supplier base within their own domain, without the interference and/or support of their procurement colleagues.  However, with the advent of outsourcing and new technologies, areas of [...]

Curbing fraud in public procurement in Africa

The Anti-corruption Agencies 10 years ago the World Bank reviewed the activities of anti-corruption agencies active in Africa and came to the conclusion that they were not particularly effective, despite some significant funding.  They concluded [...]

Where will your career be in 5 years’ time?

Gone are the days when your generous corporate employer or government department would pay for you to get a degree. Training funds are tight, so nowadays it’s often all up to you. If you want [...]

5 must-have attributes of successful procurement leaders

Not all successful procurement leaders have the heady designation of Chief Procurement Officer (CPO). Forget the title, it is just a label. What is important is that for any person to lead a procurement organization, [...]

Procurement success stories are still a secret

Procurement has been traditionally poor at promoting a positive image of its function even though some passionate practitioners are out there waving the flag and highlighting pockets of excellence. It sometimes feels like the profession [...]