Purchasing Policy and Process Design

Purchasing policy and process design Procurement policies are often seen as sets of rules governing practice and procurement processes, as little more than workflows around electronic purchase to pay systems, rather than the foundations upon which strategic procurement capability relies.

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This CIPS Knowledge Insight document aims to achieve the following learning outcomes;

  • to help understand the need for practice rules and controls
  • to help get the best out of procurement policies and processes and ensure their appropri-ateness
  • to help challenge inefficient policies, practice and processes, or the established position, and learn to recognise where they inhibit the success of an organisation, or prevent it from getting the best out of its resources and suppliers
  • to help understanding of factors which shape policy and process
  • to highlight issues to consider when reviewing or designing policies, practice and processes, and developing contemporary solutions, meet the current needs of your organisation.


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