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Where Procurement Shines: Making the Right Choice

October 25, 2016 by Guest Contributor

This series of articles focuses on one of the most strategic activities at every company and indeed on every team: making decisions. We’ve explored how the building blocks of decision-making—defining goals and developing options—are exercised and honed daily by sourcing and procurement...

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The Strategic Procurement Skill of Developing Options

October 18, 2016 by Guest Contributor

DeltaBid welcomes the third article in this four-part series by expense management specialist Jack Quarles. He highlights one of top strategic skills of procurement professionals: providing internal stakeholders with options and guiding them through the decision-making process.

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Putting Together a Team: 5 Steps for New Procurement Managers

September 13, 2016 by Jeremy Kirsten

In a previous post I laid out a checklist to follow for procurement managers beginning a new position. Point #6 in particular mentioned the importance of getting your whole team onto the same page right from the outset.

There's another dimension to this objective. Imagine you are a procurement...

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A Checklist for New Procurement Managers

September 06, 2016 by Jeremy Kirsten

I put together this checklist for procurement managers starting a new position based on some pointers I shared with a LinkedIn colleague.

As a procurement professional, there are a few fundamentals that I endeavor to stick to from the beginning of any job.

Here are my 8 tips to help get you...

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The Powerful Influence of Company Culture on Procurement

June 21, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

According to a recent video from strategy+business, one way to define a company’s culture is as “the collection of self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking and believing that determine ‘the way we do things around here.’”

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Why (and How) Procurement Should Boost Its Millennial Appeal

April 26, 2016 by Hillary Ohlmann

Millennials. What does the word bring to mind? Perhaps visions of entitled, spoiled, selfie-taking sugarplums laze about in your head.

Unfortunately, the millennial generation has gotten a bad rap. Regardless of whether that reputation is deserved or undeserved, you’ll probably be working with a...

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Are you a "Procurement Ambassador" or a "Procurement Assassin"?

November 13, 2015 by Hillary Ohlmann

High emotional intelligence and the accompanying soft skills are what make good leaders stand out. Mastering them, or not, can mean the difference between moving up at work or… well, not. Procurement as a function is becoming more collaborative and customer-centric, and those soft skills are a...

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How to Create a Procurement Communication Plan and Engage Internal Stakeholders

August 18, 2015 by Hillary Ohlmann

In a recent LinkedIn thread in the People in Procurement, Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain group, the issue of communication in procurement came up. The procurement department stands in the middle of any project’s road from inception to completion. Procurement faces many obstacles as it...

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7 Productivity Tools for Procurement Professionals

July 21, 2015 by Hillary Ohlmann

This list of office productivity tools was designed to help make your everyday tasks run more smoothly.

Sales and Marketing seem to always be on the cutting edge when it comes to using trendy productivity tools to keep their workdays well organized. Procurement may have e-sourcing software, but...

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Procurement vs. Sales: 8 Surprising Similarities Every Manager Should Know

November 18, 2014 by Jeremy Kirsten

Procurement and Sales are two important business processes that are often described as opposites. Some companies may find these two departments at odds as they argue about which one is more important.

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