A fond farewell to procurement

10 April 2013
This is my last blog for SM (I am off to a new job next week), so I thought I would share my experience of procurement from what I have learned over the past few months.

From piracy operations in Somalia, to the collapse of Comet, the horse meat scandal and the failings of G4S, I have covered a range of high-profile issues that are all linked in some way with buying.

This may not seem surprising to you, but for me - who had no idea what procurement was before I started this job - it was a bit of an eye-opener. For a profession that is often unrecognised or misunderstood by so few (when I have tried to explain what I write about to friends I am often met with blank expressions), I have realised it can be the secret behind any successful business. When I think about it, the way we live and the work we do relies on transactions of some sort. To say that all relationships revolve around buying and selling may be stretching it a bit far, but there is an element of this even in the most unlikely of partnerships. So to put it simply, beneath all the jargon I have battled through to finally get on top of things (just as I am about to leave - typical!), the key to being a successful buyer is getting on with people and keeping up good relationships. That way, you are in a better position to negotiate good deals deals and hopefully a higher quality of service. And, on that note, a big thank you to everyone who has helped me out during my time here.
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