Procurement Course for the Public Sector
This procurement course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to conduct procurement in the public sector at local, state and Commonwealth levels. You will develop the knowledge and confidence to demonstrate value for money and adhere to probity principles when conducting procurement activities. With a universal three-phase procurement framework: plan, source and manage, this procurement course will cover the complete lifecycle of a public sector procurement. Using practical learning activities so that you can apply best practice procurement processes, you will develop an understanding of how to write a professional specification from an assessment of business needs. You will be able to confidently evaluate supplier offers consistent with probity principles, legislation and government policy. You will build an understanding of how to develop, implement, negotiate contracts and effectively manage performance, resolve disputes and respond to requests for variations.
|Duration||Two session (16 hours in total)|
|Dates||Tue 1 - Wed 2 Dec, 2020|
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||Due to COVID-19 this course will be delivered online, via a live video link|
|Cost||$1,300 (GST free)|
This procurement course will cover the following content:
- A universal procurement framework: plan, source and manage procurement activity.
- Ethics, integrity and probity in procurement.
- Undertaking defensible procurement in a crisis.
- Identify and manage risks throughout the entire procurement process.
- Legal, regulatory and policy considerations.
- Plan (Define the need, assess supplier market and determine procurement approach).
- Source (Approach market, Evaluate offers and Select supplier).
- Manage (Implement arrangement, manage performance and review).
- Performance management, negotiation and conflict resolution.
At the completion of this procurement course you will:
- Understand the key principles of procurement within the public sector.
- Understand the concept of Value for Money.
- Be able to balance urgency to deliver outcomes whilst meeting the demands of probity and compliance.
- Understand key relevant legislation and government policy.
- Be able to plan a procurement activity, source suppliers and manage contracts.
- Be able to define the requirements: develop mandatory and desirable criteria as part of the specification.
- Understand the various methods of approaching the market: requests for information, requests for quotes, proposals and tenders.
- Understand how to identify, assess and manage stakeholders throughout a procurement
- Recognise how to identify and manage risks throughout the entire procurement process.
- Be able to evaluate different types of offers from quotes to tenders
- Monitor, manage and report on supplier performance.
- Understand how to evaluate and negotiate requests for contract variation.
This procurement course for the public sector will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Due to COVID-19, this procurement course will be delivered online, via a live video link. Participants will also be able to access online activities and readings in the UTS Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas, to supplement these sessions.
Who is this short course for?
This procurement course is ideal for those seeking an understanding of the key principles to be considered when undertaking planning, sourcing and management of contracts in the public sector. The program provides essential information on the contract management life-cycle including consideration of procurement principles. This procurement course is suitable for both people new to their roles in a procurement function and those who have experience in procurement and contracting in the private sector and are transitioning to a similar role in the public sector. Managers and executives from private sector firms seeking to do business with the public sector efficiently and effectively whilst supporting integrity and probity principles will also benefit from this procurement course.
About the presenters
Rob Halsall is an experienced Chief Procurement Officer, facilitator and university lecturer. He has extensive international experience across leading automotive, chemical, telecommunications, tertiary and financial services organisations. Rob has experience in executive and board director level roles, including leadership roles driving business strategy and transformation, organisational design and operating models, program management and delivery and end-to-end procurement. In recent years, Rob has developed a particular interest in developing high performing leaders and teams as both an executive within the corporate environment and also as an independent consultant, mentor and coach. In 2018, Rob was awarded the CIPS Australasia Procurement Professional of the Year Award and Ernst & Young New Zealand Procurement Professional of the Year. In 2019, he was the 2019 CIPS Australasia Winner for both People Development and Risk Mitigation Categories.
Paul Vorbach is a Director of AcademyGlobal, and Honorary Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. He has executive management experience in multinational commercial firms, including Deloitte and Citi. He has deep experience across consulting, financial services and management education industries and has conducted assignments in 20 countries on 5 continents. He works with clients in the areas of capability strategy, training needs analysis, program design and course delivery. His areas of expertise include finance, procurement, risk management, restructuring and turnaround.
This procurement course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
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