PurchTips - Edition # 69
Creative Ideas For Purchasing Leaders
By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3
Does Your Purchasing Department Need A Spark?
Purchasing departments can get pretty boring. With all of the fast paced work, demanding internal customers, and vendors that need to be micromanaged, it's easy to get sucked into a drab routine.
But it doesn't have to be this way.
Whether you're a manager who wants to improve morale or a buyer who wants to be recognized for making good suggestions, you will find that these ideas will help you succeed and break your department out of its rut.
Develop A Supplier's Guide. The most professional purchasing departments have a brochure, folder, or booklet that educates suppliers how to do business with the purchasing organization. In just a few hours, you can create something that is not only useful, but looks good to senior managers concerned about projecting a professional image in the business community.
Have All-Hands Meetings. All-hands meetings are those that are attended by all staff in the purchasing department, not just those in a particular group. These meetings can be used to report progress on key goals and give the opportunity for selected staff members to present case studies of successful projects they've managed or solutions that they implemented.
Start A Purchasing Library. Whether you need a tactic to kickstart a plodding negotiation or a definition for a term that you've read in a supplier's correspondence, it is helpful to have easily accessible literature in your department. Pick up a few magazines and books - negotiation books can be found very cheap at 2nd hand shops - and make them available to the staff.
Invite Internal Customers To Staff Meetings. You rely so much on good communications and relationships with other departments for your success. And these departments rely on you. When an internal customer delivers a short "What Our Department Does" presentation to the purchasing staff, it helps you understand how to better serve the customer, helps the customer understand your challenges, and is a great step in building a successful relationship.
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Spotlight On Professional Development Opportunities
Are you tired of not getting enough opportunities, respect, and money out of your purchasing career? Well, guess what? Nothing will change unless you take action towards becoming a world-class purchasing professional.
You see, today's employers refuse to reward employees for yesterday's skills.They demand that purchasing professionals like you use the most modern skills and achieve unprecedented results. They want you to save more money, achieve better operational performance, and reduce risk.
Is lacking a purchasing certification keeping you from getting the results, opportunities, respect, and money that you want out of your career? Today's employers refuse to reward employees for yesterday's skills. They want you to save more money, achieve better operational performance, and reduce risk. They demand that purchasing professionals like you achieve unprecedented results and without the most modern skills that can be a challenging feat!
So how can you acquire the most modern skills, achieve meaningful results, and convincingly prove your capabilities to today's employers? There is an impressive purchasing certification program that will teach you what you need to accomplish all of this and more. It is the SPSM® Certification, earned by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program. And you could earn it in less than a year - maybe even much less than a year!
Earning your SPSM® Certification by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program is the action to take if you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. Learn how to earn your SPSM® Certification (and perhaps get an iPad) (with the option of getting a Study Guide on an iPad) at:
Distinguishing yourself as an achiever in purchasing is key to sustaining a rewarding career, even in these difficult economic times. Earning your SPSM® Certification by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program is to take if you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. Learn how to earn your SPSM® Certification (and perhaps get an iPad) at:
Earning your SPSM® Certification by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program is the action to take if you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. And if you sign up for the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program on or before May 31, 2008, SPSMSM Certification Program on or before 4/30/2007, you also get these and other bonuses valued at over $700:
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Earning your Senior Professional in Supply Management® (SPSM) Certification is the action to takeif you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. Learn how to earn your SPSMSM Certification at:
Learn how to earn your SPSM® Certification at:
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