The South of England Festival of Procurement

20 April 2017, Olympia, London

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CCS Training Zone: Smarter Public Procurement

If you’re new to procurement and the public sector, or simply want to refresh your knowledge and share ideas, we’ve got a great range of educational sessions for you to choose from.

Presented by our experienced commercial specialists, they have been designed to help you work your way through the many complexities of public sector procurement and achieve great value for your organisation.

Choose from the sessions below – all designed with public sector buyers in mind.

12.10 - 12.35
When to Use and How to Choose a Framework or Other Sourcing Route....

Andy Wong
Head of Call Off & Spot Buy,
Crown Commercial Service

Lee Joseph
Chief Operating Officer,
NHS London Procurement Partership

Presented in association with other public sector buying organisations, this interactive session will discuss how to go about choosing a sourcing route to meet your specific buying needs. It will help you understand and navigate the often complex framework landscape, and show you how we are collaborating with procurement partners to develop shared procurement strategies, to reduce duplication and maximise resource efficiency. Bring your real life issues to the session and get live solutions to your sourcing challenges.

12.40 - 13.05
Procurement 101 for Junior Buyers and Non Procurement People

Matthew Sparkes
Head of Financial Services,
Crown Commercial Service

Tammy Carter
Senior Category Lead for Fleet,
Crown Commercial Service

Aimed at non-procurement professionals and those new to the profession, this session will show you how procurement can be used to add value to your organisation, especially when faced with significant budget challenges and pressures on your services. You will come away with practical tips you can apply as soon as you get back to the office, from best practice when engaging with internal and external stakeholders to running negotiations and managing your suppliers.

13.40 - 14.05
How to Write, and Manage, your Category Strategy

Andy Watt
Senior Category Lead for ICM,
Crown Commercial Service

Katrina Williams
Head of Travel,
Crown Commercial Service

A successful category strategy will ensure your procurement outputs help you achieve your commercial objectives, whilst also meeting your broader organisational objectives. This session, led by one of our senior commercial experts, will walk you through the process of developing a category strategy, including collaboration with internal customer stakeholders, and share best practice advice on effectively engaging with the supply market.

14.10 - 14.35
Engaging your Stakeholders - Before, During and After

John Kenny
Head of Workplace, FM & Property,
Crown Commercial Service

Jo Rozsich
Category Lead for Comms & Marketing,
Crown Commercial Service

Building and maintaining a network of internal and external customer and supplier stakeholders is good procurement practice. It will ensure you can work effectively with all parties to achieve innovation and deliver an outcome that exceeds expectations. This session will help you understand how to build support for procurement projects with your stakeholders, and discuss how to develop trust and a commitment to shared goals.

14.40 - 15.05
Using Social Value Criteria to Practically Run and Evaluate your Procurement

David Gigg
Policy and Public Sector,
Crown Commercial Service

Terry Brewer
Division Director, Commercial,
London Borough of Harrow

Guy Battle
Owner and Founder,
The Sustainable Business Partnership and the Social Value portal

This session will bring practitioners, policy makers and think tank leaders together to discuss how social value has changed the landscape for designing procurements, particularly in local government. We will explore how to reduce the complexity of evaluation and discuss the work that CCS is undertaking to make current and future frameworks compliant with social value policy and objectives. You will be able to share your experiences of how you have brought social value into your procurements, and ask the panel for advice and guidance.