The style of the book is direct with little jargon. It covers all of the basics as well as providing detailed and wider discussions to encourage thought and practical application. To facilitate practical application, the book is illustrated by case studies and application checklists. There are also many additional exercises.
The contents cover the following four main sections:
· Procurement Policies and Processes
· The procurement cycle: the pre-order steps
· The procurement cycle: the order and post order steps
· Procurement best practice, tools and techniques
This last section focuses on topics such as E-Procurement, Relationship-based approaches, Global sourcing, Outsourcing, Corporate Social Responsibility and Supplier Development.
After spending over 30 years in commercial private sector service industries, working in the UK and in Nigeria, I then moved in Training. This was associated with the then Institute of Logistics and Distribution Management (now the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport).
After being a Director of Training for nine years, I then choose to become a freelance independent mentor/coach, trainer and consultant. This built on my past operational and strategic experience and my particular interest in the “people issues” of management processes. Trading under the name of Learn and Change Limited, I now enjoy working on five continents, principally in Africa and the Middle East, but also in the Far East, Europe and South America.
Additional to undertaking training, I also am involved with one-to-one coaching / mentoring, consulting, writing, assessing and examining for professional institutes’ qualifications. This has included being Chief Examiner on the Graduate Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and as an external university examiner for an MSc in Purchasing and Logistics.
I can be contacted at email@example.com or by visiting www.learnandchange.com. I do welcome any comments.
Barry is a lecturer in the Salford Business School at the University of Salford .He is currently Programme Leader for the MSc Purchasing and Logistics and MSc Supply Chain Management. Previously, he has had many years industrial experience in various management positions in the field of transport, warehousing and physical distribution. He has been an assistant chief examiner for the professional stage of the CIPS Diploma.
His previous publications include, as co-author with Stuart, The Relationship Driven Supply Chain (2006) and Procurement Principles and Management by Bailey, Farmer, Crocker, Jessop and Jones (2008)10th Edition.
Like Stuart, Barry has conducted many training sessions for multi-nationals in Africa, the Middle East and the Far East in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.