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Mon 26 Mar 2012
Paul Teague Paul Teague

There has been much written and spoken about the best backgrounds for success as a procurement chief. There has been less written about the kinds of other careers a background in procurement could lead to. There have been some stunning examples in the past, such as the elevation at Chrysler in the late 1990s of CPO Thomas Stallkamp to the positions of company president and vice chairman of the board. His promotion showed the respect a thoroughly professional procurement executive could command even in the roughest of companies. I was thinking of that when I read in the newspaper, The Boston Globe, recently of the elevation of another procurement executive to a somewhat less lofty but nevertheless important position in a very competitive organization.

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Mon 12 Mar 2012
Paul Teague Paul Teague

“They’re back!”

 

Horror-film fans may remember that iconic line from the 1986 movie Poltergeist II - The Other Side, spoken by a little girl who discovers demons have returned. Recent actions in the US Congress show that the line could also apply to government budget debates, often scary themselves. Some politicians are trying to break the budget deal that avoided a government shutdown last August and cut another $20bn from the agreement. One result would be less money for the states, which could be forced to once again slash the services they and their cities and towns provide, including public safety and education. Big cities are particularly unstable. That nightmare is the perfect scenario for government procurement officials to show their worth and come to the rescue.

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Thu 15 Dec 2011
David Rae David Rae

In this guest post by Professor Alan Braithwaite, chairman of LCP Consulting, he looks at the work done with the UK government as it tries to use supply chain practices to avoid the fiasco that occured when it snowed in the UK last year. Time will tell how effective it's been, but Braithwaite's insight into data-modelling and how supply chain principles can be applied to prevent a potentially disastrous situation are particularly interesting.

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Fri 20 May 2011
David Rae David Rae

I don't envy procurement and finance managers in the NHS. They have to control the finances of one of the most complex organisations in the world, which has an equally complex supply chain. And they must do this under the intense scrutiny of the public, the media and politicians.

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Fri 14 Jan 2011
David Rae David Rae

If the private sector is serious about sustainable business (that's the triple bottom lines of financial, environmental and social, by the way) then there's no doubt that a substantial change of approach is required.

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