Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Procurement Project Management Plan

I hope that you have enjoyed the article, "The Procurement Project Management Plan."

I know, I know. You may be thinking: "I've gotten by all of these years without all that stuff."

But, guess what? Times are changing. Projects are becoming more challenging. More and more people are involved in procurement projects. With this increasing complexity, it pays to build habits of good preparation.

Each component doesn't need to be 100 pages. Just enough to show that you've thought things through.

You may be surprised at the hidden traps that you discover in the process. And discovering them is sure better done sooner rather than later.

Good luck!

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Monday, November 21, 2005

Purchasing Positions

I haven't posted on this topic for a while, so I just wanted to remind you that there are DOZENS of purchasing positions posted on Next Level Purchasing's main site.

If you are looking for a job or seeking a change, you may want to check out this collection of good paying positions.

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
Give Your Purchasing Career A Boost By
Earning Your SPSM Certification Online At
http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Apprentice

I don't watch much TV.

OK, I do admit to watching the Steelers when they are playing during my kids' 1:30 - 3:30 nap time. But other than that there's really one show that I make sure to tape and watch weekly - The Apprentice.

One theme that gets repeated quite often in the tasks is that the team that doesn't devote much time to understanding the customer usually loses.

I never want to lose sight of what Next Level Purchasing's current and prospective students want from us. So if you want to share your input on our purchasing articles, purchasing courses, or anything else that can we can do to help you have a more successful supply chain career, please let me know. Click here to send a message to me.

Yes, I will get it. Yes, I will read it. Yes, I will respond.

The most important thing a president of any organization can do is listen to its customers, members, students, etc. I am happy to devote time to learning what's on your mind.

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Earning Your SPSM Certification Online At
http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com

Friday, November 11, 2005

The Make Vs. Buy Decision

I hope that you have enjoyed the article "The Make Or Buy Procurement Decision."

As you might imagine due to the fact that Next Level Purchasing is run by purchasers, we do a lot of oursourcing. We're not the size of a General Motors or an ExxonMobil, so when we have a need for a task to be completed, we ask ourselves an additional question. That question is:

"Is this service going to be ongoing or is it a short-term need?"

Most of the services we buy are short-term in nature: graphic design for a project, voiceovers for our training, etc. So, we usually outsource.

If you are a smaller organization adopting the questions in the article, you may want to add this question to your list as well.

Respectfully,
Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
President
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
Give Your Purchasing Career A Boost By
Earning Your SPSM Certification Online At
http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com

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