The Bywater PSCM Procurement training course portfolio offers a range of available options to support improved Procurement which are summarised below. Whilst all these courses are available off-the-shelf we are also specialists in customising training to address client specific Procurement challenges and objectives.

Category Management – Introduction     (1 day)

  • Designed to develop awareness of the category management process and factors critical to successful sourcing using this approach.
  • Suitable for staff new to category management or other stakeholders interested in gaining an improved understanding of category management sourcing principles and good practice.
  • Provides an understanding of the principles of effective category management and an overview of the key activities involved in the process.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Category Management Process – Advanced Course (2 days)

  • Designed to enhance the development of organisational and individual capability in the application of best practice category management and strategic sourcing techniques.
  • Suitable for procurement management and staff involved in implementing and applying good category management and strategic sourcing practice; or for suppliers interested in understanding their customers’ purchasing behavior.
  • Provides a detailed understanding of the application of the category management process, associated tools and techniques, its challenges and how it may be implemented.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Procurement Cost Reduction and Value Realisation Course (2 days)

  • Designed to provide a framework for the identification and planning of procurement related cost reduction and value delivery improvements.
  • Suitable for procurement, contract management and operational management and staff involved in seeking, planning, implementing and delivering cost reduction and value improvement initiatives.
  • Provides a structured approach for reviewing the effectiveness of procurement processes and supply arrangements from a range of angles to identify and evaluate improvement options, leading to a roadmap for cost reduction and value realisation.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Understanding UK (and EU) Public Sector Procurement Regulations Course (1 day)

  • Designed to help delegates understand and effectively apply current (and future) UK Public Sector Procurement Regulations (incorporating the EU Procurement Directive, 2014 and the UK Government Public Contract Regulations, 2015).
  • Suitable for anyone involved in public sector commissioning, procurement and contract management or commercial staff involved in bidding for public sector business.
  • The workshop provides insight to the different procurement procedures available (from 2015) and how to select, plan for and apply the chosen procedure to ensure both process efficiency and regulatory compliance
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

(NOTE: This workshop will not specifically address the new EU Utilities Directive of 2014, the new Concessions Directive of 2014, or public expenditure on Defence and Warlike stores).

Procurement Specification Development Course (1 day)

  • Designed to help delegates understand the importance of developing robust specifications and provide insight to good practice approaches for doing so.
  • Suitable for Buyers, Contract Managers and Operational staff who are involved in specifying the requirements for externally sourced goods and services, and managing the performance of supply contracts.
  • Provides practical insight into important aspects of good practice specification development, including techniques to use when specification writing.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Negotiation and Essential Skills for Procurement Course (2 day)

  • Designed to help develop a robust commercial approach to negotiation as well as enhance key relationship management skills, including influencing and persuasion.
  • Suitable for procurement, operational and supplier commercial staff involved in negotiating or managing supply contracts.
  • Provides detailed insight into the commercial negotiation process and provides the opportunity to apply good negotiation practice and develop related interpersonal skills.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Sustainable Procurement and Contract Management Course (1 day)

  • Designed to provide awareness and understanding of the scope of sustainable procurement and how sustainability can be best managed throughout the contract lifecycle.
  • Suitable for all staff involved in managing supply chain sustainability such as those involved in setting specifications, selecting suppliers , creating contractual terms or managing contracts.
  • Provides a comprehensive insight into the application of sustainable procurement principles to support the achievement of an organisation’s  sustainability and CSR objectives throughout its supply chain
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Energy Procurement and Cost Management Course (1 day)

  • Designed to provide understanding and awareness of key energy markets (electricity and gas) and cost drivers to support the development of robust value adding contracting strategies.
  • Suitable for all staff involved in buying or managing the procurement of energy.
  • Provides a detailed understanding of the energy supply market, removing the apparent complexities of politics, regulations and markets and clarifying the role of the ‘Third Party Intermediary’ – in adding value to energy sourcing.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Public Sector Procurement – Awareness Course (1 day)

  • Designed to provide a firm understanding of the UK Public Sector procurement agenda, regulations and practices for non-procurement staff.
  • Suitable for public sector management and staff who interface with procurement activities and need to better understand the procurement priorities, policies, processes and practices of their organisation.
  • Provides insight to public sector procurement enabling delegates to better understand, support and contribute to procurement objectives
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Successful Tendering Course (1 day)

 

  • Designed to provide detailed insight into the tendering process to enable procurement staff to successfully tender for supplies in a competitive, fair and robust way.
  • Suitable for procurement staff in all sectors involved in tendering and supplier personnel interested in understanding their customers’ tendering behaviour.
  • Provides detailed awareness of the activities and approaches at all phases of the tender lifecycle, including insight to selection of the most appropriate process variants and their associated documentation.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.

Tendering in the Public Sector Course    (1 day)

  • Designed to provide a detailed understanding of the regulatory and governance requirements for tendering and how to approach the key stages in the tendering process.
  • Suitable for Public Sector procurement staff and management involved in tendering and supplier personnel interested in understanding their customers’ tendering behaviour.
  • Provides insight to the tendering lifecycle activities and approaches which need to be taken to support the achievement of organisational objectives and ensure compliance to EU and UK Procurement Regulations.
  • Available as an “in-house” course, for company / group bookings only.
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