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CPD 2The CIPS West Wales Branch would like to invite you to a talk by Rob Stewart, Leader at City and County of Swansea – Swansea 2020. Rob will focus on three exciting themes - 1.3bn Investment - Tidal Lagoon and City Centre refurbishment. This will be followed by a Q&A session along with an opportunity to network with fellow commercial professionals from around the local area.

Date: Monday 06 March 2017
Venue: TechHub
Address: SWANSEA
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Saturday 04 March 2017

CPD 2The CIPS Sustainability Index - What visibility do you have within your own supply chain?

A key element in being recognised as a sustainable business is to understand the sustainability credentials of your supply base, but how is this best achieved? The CIPS Sustainability Index has been helping companies, universities and public sector institutions to asses risk within their supply chains since 2014. The 3 Pillars of Sustainability key to the CIPS approach are Social, Economic and Environmental. In this presentation we will introduce you to the Index and discuss how it is being used by leading organisations to build and improve supplier relationships and support their initiatives and compliance requirements around Modern Slavery, ISO 26000, ISO 140001 and more.

In this interactive session, you will learn:

  • How CIPS have developed the Sustainability Index to support your organisation in assessing suppliers
  • How it supports your CSR and compliance requirements around Modern Slavery, ISO 26000, ISO 140001 and more
  • How Sustainability fits into the wider 'Supply Chain Resilience' conversation

Please note there will be an AGM at the start of the event, before Graeme Poole presents.

Date: Wednesday 08 March 2017
Venue: Holiday Inn
Address: AYLESBURY
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Monday 06 March 2017

CPD 2This is a free opportunity for those interested in starting their CIPS qualification to have a taster session at our CIPS Study Centre at Hull University Business School. The Study Centre has been established for 4 years now with excellent results.

This taster session will provide you with breakfast from 09.30, with the session starting at 10.00. The session will cover key procurement topics such as Relationship Spectrum, Supplier Selection and Contract Management.

There will be an opportunity to discuss the Level 4 course afterwards, and we will inform you about your learning options and cost for the course starting September 2017.

Date: Friday 10 March 2017
Venue: Hull University Business School
Address: HULL
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Wednesday 08 March 2017

CPD 2The negotiation challenge is an interactive game between students and emergent professionals. It was piloted in 2016 and 2017 has been extended to be bigger and better.

The Negotiation Challenge develops students’ practical negotiation skills. This fun event gives students an opportunity to plan for a negotiation, undertake research, negotiate and reflect on their performance.

Role of Supplier: This is a practical role allowing emergent professionals an opportunity to negotiate. Being a supplier supports new procurement professionals to develop their communication and negotiation skills in a fun environment.

Role of Observer: This is a role for more experienced procurement professionals who follow a group of students, assessing their negotiation planning, research skills and negotiation skills. Observers will be required to assess students and provide feedback.

The West of Scotland Branch aim to use this as a development tool for emergent professionals and engaging new students in a procurement career.

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Venue: Glasgow Caledonian University
Address: GLASGOW
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Sunday 12 March 2017

CPD 2The CIPS London Branch is hosting a discussion forum to discuss the challenges facing procurement professionals. This will start with “to whom should procurement answer to?”

The event will not attempt to answer the question but explore the different opinions of professionals in different sectors and the different business structures that professionals are working in. It is very difficult to “sell” the benefits of procurement if it is in the wrong place in the organisation. If it is in the wrong place, how is it proving value to the organisation?

The agenda will hope to cover four areas:

  • To whom does procurement answer to in the public sector?
  • Pros and cons of answering to Finance
  • Pros and cons of answering to Operations
  • Pros and cons of answering directly to the CEO.

Though to keep to time, some topics may not be discussed at all.

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017
Venue: London Metropolitan University
Address: LONDON
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Monday 13 March 2017

CPD 2The event will talk through the Impending changes for the Public Sector interim workforce who operate through a PSC. We will discuss which organisations are impacted by the legislation change, the market reaction and Hays’ approach and solution towards this change in legislation.

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017
Venue: Holiday Inn
Address: CAMBRIDGE
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Monday 13 March 2017

CPD 2Step into the world of brewing where you will be taken on a journey from traditional, craft brewing into a world of international brands and global procurement.

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017
Venue: Caledonian Brewery
Address: EDINBURGH
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Tuesday 14 March 2017

CPD 2

Matthew Bardell – Vice President Consulting at GEP will discuss how procurement teams can establish themselves as a valued business partner and trusted advisor for the business through strategic category management.

Sure, strategic sourcing is a great way to drive cost reductions and savings, but the C-suite is expecting more from procurement – value beyond savings, so you need something more pervasive, something that raises the game – strategic category management.

GEP will share a framework for strategic category management to help you maximize category value, mitigate risk, increase revenue and support key enterprise goals.

Key discussion areas will include:

  • Why strategic category management?
  • The scope of strategic category management
  • A framework for strategic category management
  • Tips and strategies for implementation

 

This is a must-attend event for success-minded procurement professionals looking to enhance their reach and impact on the business.

Our Branch AGM will follow this event and members are welcome to stay on to find out more about our plans and activities – if you would like more details, please get in touch: bedsandherts@cipsbranch.org

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017
Venue: Novotel Hotel
Address: STEVENAGE
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Sunday 19 March 2017

CPD 2Repeating last year’s very successful event, CIPS-Switzerland is teaming up with the Technologie Forum Zug and the Economic Promotion team of the Kanton Zug for this special Procurement & Supply Chain (P&SC) event. Speakers include leaders from companies with regional or global headquarters in the Canton around the theme of “Going Digital,

Procurement in Kanton Zug”. It is well known that Zug is fast emerging as a leading P&SC cluster in Europe. In addition to hosting drinks and snacks to facilitate participant networking – several Zug-based Procurement Service Companies with be available for follow-up discussions (including Consultants and Headhunters).

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017
Venue: GIBZ Gewerblich - Industries Bildungszentrum
Address: ZUG
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
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Booking ends on Sunday 19 March 2017

CPD 2The theme for this year’s Branch AGM is ‘Forging the Links’. Two exciting speakers have agreed to support our annual get-together. Prof Andrew Fearne, of the UEA’s Business School will enlighten us on local work promoting Value Chain Management and Craig Lardner, former CIPS president, currently member of the CIPS Board of Management & programme mentor for local ABA Procurement’s Mentoring programme will share his insights into Creating Business Networks – the good, the bad and the ugly. This is also your opportunity to find out what CIPS is doing nationally and to influence what we do locally. More info as it becomes available on our LinkedIn page: CIPS East Anglia

Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017
Venue: University of East Anglia
Address: NORWICH
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188 - Please note: Calls cost 2p per minute service charge plus your own phone provider’s access charge. Your phone provider can confirm your access charge.
Booking ends on Sunday 19 March 2017