Monthly Archives: March 2013

Roles in Purchasing no. 5 – the Financier

Of the many roles we have to undertake in Procurement, the one we consider least may be that of Financier. A financier is defined as someone who makes their living from investing in established and up and coming businesses. How, … Continue reading

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Roles in Purchasing no.4 – The Communicator

How often do we hear that our stakeholders don’t understand what we do, or how we need them to help with supplier relationships? How often do we say that sponsors don’t understand the role we need them to take? How … Continue reading

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Roles in Purchasing No. 3 – The Analyst

This is a part of the role of a purchaser that we think we understand; pulling apart pricing structures and offers, making comparisons and reaching conclusions. And all of this is a valid and regular part of the work we … Continue reading

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Roles in Purchasing No. 2 – The Project Manager

We come across a great reluctance for Procurement folk to engage in Project Management activity for their own projects and it has always been a wonder. Purchasing projects, from new system introduction through the development of sourcing strategies to bringing … Continue reading

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Roles in Purchasing No.1 – The Diplomat

The Purchasing organisation used to have clear roles which were largely about transaction processing. Not now. Today, we need to be able to act in a whole series of different ways, accessing skills and tool sets to suit the situation … Continue reading

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