Procurement training tailored to your career stage

Are you a Procurement Officer looking to develop new skills and strategies? Or are you a Procurement Executive that wants to keep informed on emerging issues and respond effectively to the contemporary demands? This training series is a must for anyone in Procurement or has Procurement functions as part of their role.

Procurement Australia's Cradle to Grave training program is designed and delivered to you in partnership with our own resident legal Procurement expert, Scott Alden. Register now to explore the essentials and connect with like-minded peers on new emerging areas of Procurement.

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Meet your mentor: Scott Alden

With over 20 years’ experience, Scott specialises as a legal advisor on significant projects and procurements for primarily government, but also private sector, clients.

Scott’s role of lead legal advisor to significant projects often incorporates legal and procurement expertise on the same transaction, as well as strategic probity advice.

In recognition of his position as a leading government lawyer, Scott was one of the first NSW Law Society Accredited Specialists in Government and Administrative Law (with a focus on government commercial and procurement transactions), and has been appointed by the Law Society of NSW as the Head Assessor for that Specialist Accreditation this year. Scott also writes and lectures two procurement courses for the Masters Programs at both the College of Law and the University of Melbourne.

Scott also has a special interest in contract law, particularly for major projects, and is a member of the Australian Advisory Board for the World Commerce and Contracting Association (previously the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management).

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Scott is experienced in drafting and implementing key project documents including market sounding/engagement documents, industry briefings, RFTs, tender evaluation plans, tender evaluation reports, commercial contracts and agreements and legal advices and resolutions to support decisions.

Discover more about Scott here.

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Suitable For: Procurement Officers, Contract Officers, Finance
Starting from: April 26th 2022
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (AEDT)
Duration: 7 hours (1h session every two weeks)
Format: Virtual

Training Description

If you are in a role that involves day-to-day procurement then this course is for you.

You will benefit from a cradle to grave analysis and walk through of procurement best practice and risk minimisation in 7 bespoke sessions designed for the procurement officer and procurement professional.

For the ultimate experience consider registering for the Platinum Package which includes a 4-hour customised training tailored to your team and organisation with the expert, Scott Alden.

Session Details

April 26, Session 1 – Setting up for success – Designing, Planning and Running your Procurement to Minimise Risk, Comply with Obligations and Maximise outcomes

The first part in the series examines the earliest stages of procurement starting with identifying what is meant by procurement, how a sourcing need arises, the importance of the business case, the procurement planning phase and developing an appropriate procurement strategy.


May 10, Session 2 – Probity in Procurement

Probity, and the observance of fairness, transparency, equality and ethical dealing is fundamentally important to any project and to the organisations that run them.

This session will focus on the five pillars of probity with a special emphasis on the two most important being Value for Money and the avoidance of Conflicts of Interest.


May 24, Session 3 – Legal Risks and Issues in Procurement

This part will focus on the legal issues and risks that present themselves when undertaking a procurement process. These include:

  • The formation of a process contract
  • Negligence, Misleading and Deceptive Conduct, and Estoppel
  • Legislative Challenge
  • Damages for breach
  • Excluding / Limiting liability
  • Preliminary Discovery
  • Some War Stories


June 21, Session 4 – Assessing Tenders – different ways to assess proposals to ensure value for money and identifying and avoiding common procurement pitfalls

In this part we examine the assessment of tenders, and the evaluation process in detail. This looks at what value for money really means, what we mean by whole of life / life cycle costing, and how we carry out an effective Multi Attribute Decision Analysis process to ensure that we properly weight and value all aspects of a procurement adopting best practice in Sustainable Procurement Decision Making. This will explain the core methodology of Sustainable Procurement including Economic, Environmental and Social Procurement.


July 5, Session 5 – Current Innovations in Procurement – New Procurement Methods – Early Contractor Involvement and Market Led (Unsolicited) Proposals

Procurement is ever changing and evolving with different, alternative and innovative procurement methods constantly emerging. This part will focus on two in particular being:

  • Early Contractor Involvement (Early Contractor Engagement/ Competitive Dialogue/ Early Tenderer Involvement)
  • Market Led Proposals / Unsolicited Proposals
  • Tenderer Negotiations


July 12, Session 6 – Managing the Procurement

Having planned a perfect procurement activity, received a variety of excellent compliant proposals, assessed the bids and identified the one that is best value for money you then need to finalise the contract and manage the contract to ensure that you receive what it is that you engaged with the market to deliver.

July 19, Session 7 – The Top Ten Procurement Issues

A round up of the hottest topics and innovations in Procurement for the year gone by.

Price

$1650 AUD per person (inc. GST)

Registrations Closed

To express your interest in future dates for this course please fill in the enquiry form below.

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Suitable For: CPOs, Legal Officers, Procurement Executives and Senior Procurement Officers

Starting from: May 3rd 2022
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (AEDT)
Duration: 6 hours (four 1h30 sessions every two weeks)
Format: Virtual

Training Description

If you manage procurement personnel and professionals you should register for the Advanced Procurement session.

This training provides you with 4 different, deep dive, and advanced session that will benefit the procurement and other senior executive of any organisation.

This session will enable you to bring your seniority and understanding of procurement to the latest advances in procurement practice and law, as well as assist you manage procurement personnel that report to you or are within your management line.

For the ultimate experience consider registering for the Platinum Package which includes a 4-hour customised training tailored to your team and organisation with the expert, Scott Alden.

Session Details

May 3, Session 1 – Hot Topics for Executives

Modern Slavery, Sustainable Procurement, SMEs, Local Preferencing and Payment Times Reporting Legislation.

Roundtable discussion around the highlighted topics and pressing issues in your organisation.


May 17, Session 2 – Deep Dive into Tender Challenges

New Rights for Tenderers and Ways to Minimise Risk.

Questions and Answers session with the chance to present personal challenges and collaborate on possible solutions with Senior Officers and Executives in the room.

June 14, Session 3 – Advanced Probity with a focus on Conflict of Interest

Advanced Presentation and this often misunderstood and very risky area for government agencies.

Roundtable discussion on how to integrate probity into all stages of the procurement process.

June 28, Session 4 – Current Innovations in Procurement – New Procurement Methods

Early Contractor Involvement and Market Led (Unsolicited) Proposals.

Roundtable discussion on how can your organisation embrace innovation to drive down costs, solve business problems, increase productivity, boost your brand’s reputation and achieve competitive advantage.

Price

$1650 AUD per person (inc. GST)

Registrations Closed

To express your interest in future dates for this course please fill in the enquiry form below.

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Suitable For: Organisations with dedicated procurement teams

Starting from: April 2022
Duration: 4 hours (two 2h sessions at your convenience)
Format: Virtual or In person (request in advance)

Training Description

Procurement Platinum is specifically tailored to assist your organisation and unique needs. A 4-hour customised session with Scott will provide your team with practical tools to immediately implement in your procurement processes.

See below for more detail on the sessions offered.

Session Details

Session 1 – Issues Scott sees as most relevant and important to your organisation

The customised session will provide a ‘safe space’ for your procurement professionals (and others) to hear from Scott as to the issues he sees for your organisation and sector, based on his decades of experience in procurement.

Issues of particular relevant at present include Modern Slavery, Sustainable Procurement, Local Preference in the global procurement context including competition issues and Free Trade Agreements, Small to Medium Enterprise Engagement, Indigenous Procurement, Unfair Contract Terms, Probity and Conflicts of Interest.

Prior preparation from your team is required to provide Scott with your workflows, policies, and practices as well as challenges and roadblocks.

Session 2 – Strategy and Growth & An open forum for staff to engage and ask procurement related questions

The Open Forum Q&A will build on the knowledge gained from the procurement sessions attended, as well as the 2 hour Issues Session and provide your organisation an open 2 hour session to ask and tackle any issues raised, improve and better understand the Procurement function, and set yourself with a more efficient, more compliant, best practice, risk managed procurement function.

This session, will continue the engagement in a much more specific way that will enable the businesses to implement new tools immediately.

Price

Virtual (unlimited team members): $5500 AUD per organisation (inc. GST)

In person (limited to 30 people in the room): $6600 AUD per organisation (inc. GST)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this training for?

This training series is for anyone in Procurement or has Procurement functions as part of their role.

  • Procurement Officers
  • Procurement Executives
  • CPOs
  • Contract Officers
  • Category Managers
  • Legal Officers
  • Finance
  • Organisations with dedicated procurement teams

Which package should I choose?

If you are looking to develop and grow your procurement career, Essentials Package will be ideal for you.
For senior officers and executives, Advanced Package is recommended due to deep procurement experience requirement.
For an ultimate tailored experience to transform your organisation's procurement strategy and processes, the Platinum Package is recommended. Ideal for organisations with dedicated procurement teams.

How do I register?

Click the 'Register Here' button under the training you're interested in and you will be redirected to the payment page to complete your registration. Connection and more details will be emailed to you directly.

How much does the training cost?

  • Essentials Package: $1650 per person (inc. GST)
  • Advanced Package: $1650 per person (inc. GST)
  • Platinum package: $5500 per organisation for the virtual training and $6600 per organisation for in person training limited to 30 people in the room (inc. GST)

Why should I attend?

If you join the Procurement Essentials program, you will benefit from a cradle to grave analysis and walk through of procurement best practice and risk minimisation in 7 bespoke sessions designed for the procurement officer and procurement professional.

 

If you join Procurement Advanced program, it will enable you to bring your seniority and understanding of procurement to the latest advances in procurement practice and law, as well as assist you manage procurement personnel that report to you or are within your management line.

 

If your organisation has a dedicated procurement team, Platinum Package will enable your team and organisation to implement tailored strategy and improve your unique processes with personalised analysis and expert advice.

Moreover, you will learn from the industry-recognised and procurement expert and mentor Scott Alden & connect with likeminded peers.


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