Introduction to public sector procurement

Introduction to public sector procurement

Full details below or download course outline.

This very effective one-day introductory programme will:

  • Enable participants to understand and apply the principles of effective procurement in the public sector
  • Inform participants of the regulatory framework surrounding public sector procurement and how this influences practice
  • Introduce participants to the concept of value for money and its practical application in a commercial context

Learning objectives

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

  • Understand the procurement lifecycle
  • Understand the principles behind public sector procurement in the EU
  • Understand the Public Contracts Regulations of 2015 and how they currently set the rules for procurement in the public sector
  • Identify the OJEU thresholds and how these affect the way procurement is carried out
  • Distinguish between the different types of procurement procedure, and know when to use them
  • Advertise opportunities to prospective suppliers and understand how to encourage suppliers to bid
  • Understand what makes a good ITT/RFQ
  • Understand the principles behind effective bid evaluation and how to get the right balance between cost and quality
  • Understand the importance of effective contract management
  • Evaluate the impact of risk in public procurement and take steps to manage it
  • Understand the need to encourage innovative thinking at all steps in the procurement lifecycle
  • Recognise the need to look for value for money in all procurement activities, balancing cost (including TCO – Total Cost of Ownership) with quality and risk
Who should attend?

This programme is designed for anyone who is new to public sector procurement and who will be managing, or will have responsibility for managing, procurement activities. It is also suitable for public sector commissioning managers who need to understand how procurement fits into the commissioning process.

Course format

The expert trainer for this practical one-day programme adopts a proactive, participative, and participant-centred approach with emphasis on the practical application of the tools, techniques and templates discussed. The learning needs to be embedded into the fabric of the organisation and the trainer uses context-based case studies and other tasks to achieve this.

Special feature

The majority of the training we deliver is either tailored or completely bespoke. This workshop can therefore be delivered entirely as advertised, or it can be tailored to your particular requirements, or we can simply take it as a starting point for a conversation with you before we draft a completely bespoke programme for you – the choice is yours.

Expert trainer

Steve is a hugely experienced trainer and consultant specialising in procurement and commercial negotiation. He has worked in all sectors, across the UK and internationally, advising and training on all aspects of procurement. Steve has a particularly successful track record in major procurement transformation projects.

Introduction to public sector procurement – course outline

1 Welcome

  • Introductions, aims and objectives and plan for the day

2 Introduction to the procurement lifecycle

  • Understanding the lifecycle and how it moves from defining requirements through choosing suppliers to contract management

3 Public sector procurement in the EU

  • Understanding the EU framework and how it is embodied in the Public
  • Contracts Regulations of 2015
  • Implications of these Regulations are for best practice in public procurement

4 Public sector procurement in practice

  • Reviewing OJEU thresholds and the various procurement procedures
  • What you can and cannot do according to the rules

5 Value for money

  • How to define it
  • How to achieve it
  • How this needs to underpin all procurement activities

6 Risk and innovation

  • The need for effective risk management, but in context
  • Encouraging an innovative approach to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all procurement activities

7 Close

  • Review of key learning points
  • Personal action planning