MA Procurement Insights

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Category Archives: Training

Diverse Business Training Opportunities Near You Posted on Feb 2

Think your firm might be considered a diverse business? Check out these upcoming classes throughout the Commonwealth to learn about becoming certified and responding to bids! Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth Designed for businesses interested in learning how to do business with the State,   …Continue Reading Diverse Business Training Opportunities Near You

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS Posted on Jan 20

UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

When creating and posting bids in COMMBUYS, proper commodity code selection is fundamental to maximizing vendor quote responses. OSD’s UNSPSC* webinar for buyers – a one-hour, online class – reinforces the importance of commodity codes and demonstrates how to search for and add suitable codes   …Continue Reading UNSPSC Webinar for Buyers: Selecting Commodity Codes & Notifying Vendors in COMMBUYS

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar Posted on Dec 15

Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Whether you’re fairly new to COMMBUYS or are looking to refine your purchasing skills, we highly recommend our one-hour, online purchasing class. COMMBUYS trainer, Renee O’Rourke, will walk buyers through the steps to purchase from fixed-price line item catalogs, zero-dollar catalogs, and PunchOuts, and highlight   …Continue Reading Quick Overview of the COMMBUYS Purchasing Process via Webinar

Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement Posted on Nov 22

Calling all procurement professionals in the Commonwealth! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out learning the ins and outs of sourcing, procurement, and Statewide Contracts, OSD has a two-class track to give you all the tools you need for successful procurements. Essentials of   …Continue Reading Supercharging Sourcing & Procurement

Non-profits: Make Your Statewide Contract Purchases in COMMBUYS! Posted on Oct 27

The Non-profit Purchasing Program was developed to allow eligible non-profit organizations to use Statewide Contracts to purchase commodities and services. These contracts offer pre-negotiated terms and competitive pricing in a range of categories, from office supplies, technology products, and landscaping, to groceries, athletic equipment, and   …Continue Reading Non-profits: Make Your Statewide Contract Purchases in COMMBUYS!

Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial Posted on Jun 22

Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial

  “If not for the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), I never would have had the confidence to apply and interview for my new position at the Department of Mental Health,” gushes Brittany Anderson, a recent graduate of the Operational Services Division’s (OSD) Strategic Sourcing   …Continue Reading Sourcing Success: a Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Testimonial

New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS Posted on Jun 17

New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS

  Are you new to the world of Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS or a seasoned procurement or purchasing professional in need of a refresher? If so, please join trainer Leslie Doughty as she leads hands-on exercises to search for contracts, vendors, and items in COMMBUYS.   …Continue Reading New and Improved Training Class: Introduction to Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS

Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Benefits All Agency Buyers Posted on Feb 19

Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Benefits All Agency Buyers

Whether you’re a procurement professional with decades of experience or you’re preparing your first bid, the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP) has something to offer you. In this five-day course, agency professionals learn about Strategic Sourcing best practices and have deep discussions on conducting the   …Continue Reading Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program Benefits All Agency Buyers

An Adventure in Training Posted on Sep 18

An Adventure in Training

When they return to school in September, many children are tasked with describing how they spent their summer vacations. For Scott Jones, Director of Training for OSD, and his team of 11 training professionals, much of this summer has been devoted to reviewing, updating, testing,   …Continue Reading An Adventure in Training

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD Posted on May 5

The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD

  Executing Statewide Contracts, managing the COMMBUYS Market Center, issuing supplier diversity certifications, and implementation of the Small Business Purchasing Program are a few of the initiatives which the Operational Services Division (OSD) oversees on a daily basis. While each initiative has staff dedicated to   …Continue Reading The Training Department: Experts on Everything OSD