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Procurement Strategy Do’s & Don’ts – An Exciting New Podcast & Series of Articles!

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “Procurement Strategy Do’s & Don’ts, Part I.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This article – and the forthcoming Part II – were based on a podcast that I recorded with Coupa’s Ravi Thakur. For a procurement strategy-packed 30 minutes of education, I highly encourage you to download…

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Free Procurement Training Budget Tool

Ah, November and December. That wonderful time of year where procurement leaders have to put together their budgets for the next year. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! One of the budget line items that procurement leaders have traditionally struggled with is the procurement training budget. If you’re like most procurement leaders at this time of…

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What Type of Personality Does A Procurement Leader Need?

Who do you think of when you think of business leaders? Do you think of loud, charismatic people like Donald Trump? Or do you think of more reserved, almost nerdy people like Bill Gates? Or do you think of both types? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Is there one right personality for good business leadership?…

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How Do You Feel About Performance Appraisals?

July 1 is always a big day around here at the Next Level Purchasing Association. For example, we launched the SPSM® Certification on that day in 2004. We launched the SPSM2® Certification on that day in 2009. And July 1 is the day that salary increases for Next Level Purchasing employees go into effect each year. Don’t miss updates on…

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Procurement Parable – Hiring Buyers With Potential

Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Because my last procurement parable (see if you missed it) was so well-received, I thought I’d share another with you. Enjoy…   Luke was the chief procurement officer for a large manufacturing company. He joined the company in 2007 after 15 successful years at another manufacturer where he started…

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Improving Your Procurement Team’s Skills Requires This Commonly Forgotten Element

Here at Next Level Purchasing, we train the procurement departments of the world’s largest companies as well as plenty of mid-sized and small companies, too. Having the large client base that we do – 1,000+ companies as customers – we see a lot of patterns between the companies that maximize their skill development efforts and those that leave room for…

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