Discover more about the buying of energy.
Organisations are spending more on energy than they have ever done before, and the drive towards a low carbon economy is creating new challenges and opportunities for procurement professionals. Through CIPS Knowledge our members have a range of industry-specific resources including guidance, market insight and data reports and acces to expertise across the globe.
The CIPS Energy Specialist Knowledge Group also offer independent advice for buyers in all sectors.
Buying Commercial and Professional Services
Find out more about the buying of Professional Services such as recruitment, PR and legal.
Public and private sector organisations are spending huge amounts of money buying professional services.
Learn more about the buying of food and drink services
Buying catering services generally entails scrutinising a sample number of contract caterers. As the name implies, these are companies which specialise in providing catering at a client’s premises in exchange for an agreed length of contract.
Construction and Engineering
Learn more about buying for construction and engineering projects and services
Investment in new construction or refurbishment represents a significant decision for any enterprise and should contribute to more effective business. In order to achieve this, clients increasingly need access to best practice in both briefing and purchasing and supply management skills.
Find out more about buying functions such as laundry and security services.
More than ever, public and private organisations are outsourcing their facilities management to third parties while at the same time increasing the range of services covered by the function, creating a variety of new challenges and opportunities for procuement professionals.
Learn more about buying of financial services, including insurance and technological support
Key Procurement Topics around buying Financial Services.
IT and Telecoms
Buying IT and Telecoms Services, including project management
Improving the efficiency of IT departments is often the area wheregreat savings can be made within any organisation. In addition, and sometimes more importantly, it can also help to act as a catalyst for other organisational benefits and transformation programmes (Frits Janssen CEO BuyIT Best Practice Network).
Logistics / Freight
Discover more about the logistics and freight procurement.
One might initially think that freight transport services is relatively straightforward. However, the subject is vast and there are many considerations that you should ideally think about.
Marketing / Marketing Services
Find out more abiout buying marketing services, including print, events and digital media.
Procurement topics relating to marketing/marketing services.
Metals & Mining
Learn more about the Metals and Mining Industry and the associated procurement practices
Procurement topics relating to Metals and Mining
Find out more about outsourcing services
Most support services are natural candidates for outsourcing. Cleaning, catering and IT services, to name but three, have their own subtleties and sometimes their own jargon. But a common procedure, backed by robust contracts and service-level agreements (SLAs), can be used to ensure effective service delivery of them.
Public Sector Services
The public sector refers to the part of the economy concerned with providing various government services.
The composition of the public sector varies by country, but in most countries the public sector includes such services as the military, police, public transit and care of public roads, public education, along with healthcare and those working for the government itself, such as elected officials.
Find out more about purchasing travel services
Research has shown that, in many organisations, T&E expenditure is the second or third largest item of controllable expense. This means that, particularly at times of business activity downturn, travel can be one of the first areas to be cut back.