Strong systems to challenge public tender awards are inevitable

Strong systems to challenge public tender awards are inevitable

In many ways, going back to the 1980s, Australia and New Zealand have acted as both incubators and initiators of reforms subsequently implemented in developed and developing economies. From mid-term reviews (of officials like Central Bank Governers) to independent monetary policy development and tax innovation, we owe a lot to the ingenuity of antipodean policy […]

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Post-tender negotiation in public procurement

Post-tender negotiation in public procurement

As a company that works with businesses on procurement and commercial strategy, some interesting cases have arisen recently with respect to the post-tender negotiation experiences of companies we work with. In some cases, suppliers felt they were subjected to unexpected pressure to cut what they considered to be a very competitive bid offer. While most of the […]

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Dealing with maverick procurement expenditure

Dealing with maverick procurement expenditure

Dealing with maverick procurement expenditure Larger businesses with procurement functions have outlined that maverick expenditure by non-procurmeent personnel is the biggest challenge relating to indirect procurement. There is however no apparent consensus on how to tackle expenditure that is not under the control of the procurement function. There are a number of downsides from uncontrolled […]

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Project management – from drain to gain

Project management – from drain to gain

We often help businesses with their project management and project governance. As professionals in project management, reviewing the approach adopted to achieving goals (no project plans, no risk management, no issues log, no clear objectives) presents challenges. The key challenge is to help the business retain its enthusiasm for the project while adopting more robust project […]

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Procurement strategy – success in public tenders

Procurement strategy – success in public tenders

The attached slides on procurement strategy provide our view of public procurement in Ireland. Much of this content is applicable in any market where businesses are selling to the public sector (EU and beyond). It stresses how applying a good procurement strategy can lead to success in public tender competitions. The right procurement strategy can deliver results […]

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Procurement Competition types

Procurement Competition types

Procurement competition types cause confusion for many businesses. Recent conversations that I have had with business owners and public figures interested in supporting small businesses and helping them grow highlighted a number of issues for me. The issues are: The degree to which procurement competition types are understood; The degree to which competition criteria are […]

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Procurement success: winning tenders

Procurement success: winning tenders

From working with businesses, we are aware of the frustration many business owners feel with public tenders and their lack of procurement success. In general, our view is that procurement success should always form part of a company’s commercial strategy. It is futile to be excessively fatalistic about tomorrow’s chances based on yesterday’s experiences. While a […]

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Supplier relationship management

Supplier relationship management

Supplier relationship management refers to the formal and informal means by which businesses manage their suppliers. The suppliers each business deals with support the buying organisation in some kind of way that helps them to succeed. Notwithstanding this, not all suppliers are equally important. Businesses need to consider how tactically aware they are in the management […]

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