Soapbox: Hire purchases

15 January 2009
In the current issue’s Soapbox, Matthew Jones, head of community procurement at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, outlines a few of the obstacles he faced when starting a new job in the public sector. “Naively, I had planned to complete a reorganisation in six months. I realise now why there was a broom outside my office on my first day - for one thing, encouraging the old staff to move on proved a considerable challenge,” he writes. He explains the difficulty he has had trying to identify the “ideal procurement person”, and explains professionals need to broaden their skills with sales, finance and entrepreneurship. What’s the best way of going about this?
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