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Africa's largest virtual conference for supply chain and procurement professionals coming in August

ASCA_125.pngSmartProcurement has joined forces with SAPICS to offer Africa's largest-ever online event for supply chain and procurement professionals.

Africa Supply Chain in Action takes place on 19 and 20 August 2020. It is expected to bring together more than 1 000 supply chain and procurement professionals.

This Halloween beware the scary, old-world CPO

TaniaSeary_100.jpgWith Halloween just past, it is time to consider whether your boss is scarier than your average ghoul or if your career is in the grip of a scary, old-world Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) and thus doomed to wither...

Tania Seary, Founding Chairman of three companies specialising in the development of the procurement profession - The Faculty, The Source and Procurious - takes a look.

Behavioural procurement: a cognitive approach to people (soft) skills

DavidLoseby_100.jpgBy David Loseby

Behavioural procurement (BP) is a sub-field of behavioural economics and concerns itself with the application of behavioural science, social science, decision science and applied cognitive psychology to commercial activities.

For years the profession has talked about soft skills (I prefer to call them people skills) without a clear definition of what exactly soft skills are, and what should be applied and to what extent in a comprehensive and integrated way. The harsh reality is that the practice of applying soft skills is neither soft, simple nor easy and has often been neglected in terms of training and developing professionals both formally and informally.

Equally, it is clear that the four principal components in the context of supply chain and procurement activities, such as contract management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management, should embrace:
1. Process
2. Systems
3. Data
4. People

However, while 1, 2 and 3 can be delegated, the people component cannot.

Creating a framework for developing SCM professionals

IngridDuBuisson_100.jpgSouth Africa currently ranks 61st out of 137 countries within the 2017/2018 Global Competitive Index (World Economic Forum, 2017). One of the Index's main critiques against the country is its inadequately educated workforce, which re-affirms the critical role of education and skills development.

It is imperative that the country ensures efficient and effective skills development and training delivery within industry, informed and driven by industry demands, within a clearly-devised strategy that partners with all role players within the economy.

It is within this context that progress is being made on a framework for the development of supply chain management (SCM) professionals within South Africa, Ingrid du Buisson, Deputy Chairperson of Professionalisation for the Interim SCM Council, told SmartProcurement.

MCIPS-qualified professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa earn 38% more

 

SalarySurvey.png• 57% of Sub-Saharan professionals received a salary increase in the last 12 months
• In a change from 2016, when the private sector reported the highest average salaries, last year's top performer was the charity/not-for-profit sector
• Men earn more than women at more senior levels, especially at advanced professional level where the pay gap is 26%
• Unlike the UK and in line with last year, women tend to earn more than men at managerial, operational and tactical levels
• Despite a downturn in the economy, 41% received a bonus in the last 12 months

Call for the creation of a supply chain management council

 

Create_SupplyChainManagementCouncil.jpgProfessor Marcus Ambe – professor of Supply Chain Management (and chairperson of the Supply Chain Management Research Group) in the department of Business Management at Unisa – posed critical questions, which set the scène for the roundtable discussion around the professionalisation of supply chain management. The discussion was held at Unisa on the 2nd of March 2017, and was organised by the Supply Chain Management Research Group in the College of Economics and Management Sciences (CEMS) at Unisa - in collaboration with the Chief Directorate Capacity Building, in the Office of the Accountant- General, National Treasury.

9 tips to keep your procurement career on track


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Many people think about their career goals only when they start looking for a new job, or at their annual appraisal, but ongoing career planning and management is vital for any procurement professional.

Nicky Taberner, Director at Hays Procurement & Supply Chain, gives her top tips for keeping your procurement career on track.

Absa partners with Western Cape provincial government to launch support programme for small suppliers

 

DougWalker.jpgAbsa bank, in partnership with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, launched a business skills programme in June 2016 to equip small suppliers with the necessary skills and knowledge to grow and sustain their businesses.

The two-day programme aims to reach at least 1 000 small suppliers and, will run across the province until December 2016, says Doug Walker, Managing Executive for Absa Western Cape.

Commerce Edge SA receives CILT training provider accreditation

 

CILT_CommEdge1.JPGCommerce Edge South Africa has been formally accredited as a training provider of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT).

CILT is a professional body operating out of the UK with local representation in South Africa.

Image: Catherine Larkin and Vaughaun Zoutendyk

How to keep Millennials in procurement


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Running a leading procurement organisation is no longer just about attracting younger workers to supply chain and procurement careers. It is about keeping them there.

Millennials are now the largest living generation, totalling 75 million, even overtaking baby boomers in size. By 2020, they are expected to represent 50% of the global workforce, too. But Millennials, like all generations, have different characteristics and values than their predecessors, and these differences are forcing businesses to rethink not just how they attract but, more importantly, how they engage and retain Millennial employees.

For supply chain and procurement organizations, this may mean making some cultural changes. According M.L. Peck, senior vice president of programs and product development at ISM, companies should be focusing on retaining Millennials, if they are not already. Millennials will need to fill the increasing number of supply chain and procurement jobs left open by retiring baby boomers.

Updated 'Supply Chain Management Compendium' endorsed by SOEPF and CIPS

 

DouglasBoateng_515x800.JPGThe State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) have endorsed the second edition of the much-anticipated Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms. Containing thousands of supply chain management terminologies, Professor Douglas Boateng’s Compendium provides an all-inclusive compilation of procurement and other aspects of supply chain management related information.

“SOEPF seeks to share best practices related to procurement and supply chain management – Prof. Boateng’s Compendium offers our members a useful tool through which such practices can be shared,” commented SOEPF Chairman Dennis Mlambo.

Too many suppliers, so little time...

 

Thumbnail image for challenges.pngDoes this sound like you or one of your colleagues?

“The problem is that there are so many suppliers, compounded by many procurement professionals being spread thin. Often, initially procurement has less specialist knowledge about a market than do their stakeholders. The consequence is procurement only being engaged late in the process, then spending their time completing RFIs, RFPs, negotiating and contracting (all processes) – ostensibly playing draw level on the knowledge held by your stakeholders. Procurement then has to move onto the next supplier or category, and is not able to stay abreast of the market.”

It probably is you, not because you don’t know what you’re doing, but because it seems to be a universally encountered challenge in procurement.

Lack of skills might NOT be hampering SA's supply chains - survey

 

supply-chain-management-139.jpgA lack of supply chain skills has not hampered performance of South African organisations, found Barloworld Logistics’ Supplychainforesight Survey 2016. However, this is contrary to perceptions in previous years’ surveys where skills were identified as a major inhibitor to growth and sustainability.

The disparity in results may be attributed to skills development initiatives whose full impact or value is not yet being realised. Skills development in supply chain logistics was among the areas that survey respondents indicated had a high adoption rate, but full impact or value thereof is not yet being realised.

Will procurement continue to exist in its current form? - New book

 

Procbook.jpgA number of current issues in procurement will affect every professional, according to a new book, Procurement at a Crossroads: Career-Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry. As authors Kelly Barner and Jon Hansen see it, the choices individuals make today will determine the direction of their careers and the future of procurement itself.

5 traps to avoid when choosing your suppliers

 

CuneytAltinoz.jpgSelecting the right suppliers remains a combination of analysis, art and fortune-telling. There are many decision-making traps buyers can fall into. Cuneyt Altinoz, a supply chain management and decision analysis lecture at Kaplan University (US) has taken the following from JE Russo and PJH Schoemaker’s book Decision Traps: Ten Barriers to Brilliant Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them and applied them to a supply chain management context.

10 Traits of a successful 'procurement entrepreneur'

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What is ‘Entrepreneurial Procurement’? How can the term entrepreneurial be applied to people who are working for large organisations? (Most are in procurement) Surely being entrepreneurial is about coming up with a new idea and building a business from the ground up?


“That is the conventional view of an entrepreneur, but in the context that we are using the term we are referring to a particular mindset and set of behaviours,” explains Nigel Wardropper, Managing Director of Procurement and Supply Australasia (PASA).
 

Wardropper provides a list of traits that he says demonstrates entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour in procurement.

Buy SA or Buy Africa?


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The government, big businesses and South Africans need to buy locally produced goods to support job creation, higher economic growth and address poverty, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says.


"If we want our economy to grow, then we need to buy more locally made goods," he said at a Proudly SA Buy Local annual summit.

9 skills for a successful career in procurement


1. Project Management Skills


thinking.jpgAt the core of procurement, there needs to be a competency in project management. Procurement is a culmination of many different activities that produce a finished product. A procurement professional initiates, plans, executes and monitors the project through to completion. The best people to work in procurement are organised enough to take on this responsibility. Are things being done on time and correctly? This is the mindset.


Project management solutions can help by streamlining operations and providing visibility.

 


 

 

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