Author: Chadwick Stephens

Procurement Office Development

Making a Difference with Supplier Diversity

Much has been written about measuring the performance and impacts of supplier diversity initiatives in the private sector.  But how much of that can apply to public procurement where the profit motive is not a factor?  Pulse is here to help with tips for examining your supplier diversity program.

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Data Analytics

Does Your Data Work for You?

One undeniable result of today’s digital environment is that we now find ourselves immensely and overwhelmingly surrounded…by data. Forward-thinking offices are turning their analysis inwards, using data to track and improve procurement performance.  How are you using the data your office collects?  Pulse is here with a look at 3 award-winning examples of how data can work for you.  

 

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Professional Development

Training and Certification: A Better Value for Everyone 

A 2015 academic study found nearly 3 out of 4 public procurement managers were more likely to hire someone with a procurement certification.  A 2018 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics concluded that persons with a professional certificate or license earned nearly one-third more than those without, including a weekly median salary difference of 12.4% for office and administrative support occupations. There are plenty more reasons why you should consider continuing education and why your office should value it.  Read more “Training and Certification: A Better Value for Everyone “
Sustainable Purchasing

A More Sustainable IT Model

The Covid pandemic has underscored issues with U.S. reliance on supply chains abroad in many areas, including semiconductor manufacturing. In February, President Biden signed Executive Order 14017 to address supply chain vulnerabilities and a semiconductor shortage impacting a variety of industries like cellular devices, information technology, and automobiles.

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Professional Development

Change Management: Prepare to Succeed

Change is an inevitable fact of life, and when working with executive offices or legislative bodies it’s often mandatory.  Whether it’s implementing a new eProcurement system, utilizing new solicitation methods, or just modernizing your codes and processes; it’s a manager’s responsibility to ensure successful adoption.  Change Management ranked #8 on NASPO’s Top Priorities for 2020.  Here’s how to facilitate change and achieve buy-in from your office.

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