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2019 bullseyeWith the start of the new year, now’s a perfect time to think about professional development goals for 2019. For those involved in purchasing and procurement, our course on conducting successful procurements, the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), should be top on your list of to-do’s.

This valuable five-day course, which is required for Agency Chief Procurement Officials and open to all public purchasers, delves into each of the seven steps of the strategic sourcing process – the same successful method used to establish and manage the Commonwealth’s Statewide Contracts – to strengthen participants’ skills and knowledge when conducting their own procurements. The course’s collaborative approach offers many opportunities to raise questions, share stories, and discuss best practices. The program focuses on the benefits of using the strategic sourcing model and includes tips for negotiating with vendors. The program builds in time to speak with OSD Sourcing staff about procurement questions or challenges they may have within their organization. Whether you’re a procurement pro or fairly new to sourcing with a fresh perspective, there’s something to glean for everyone.

Based on attendee feedback, we recently improved the course. SSCP attendees now may share information with other participants real time using Chrome Books and Google Docs, create procurement documents in COMMBUYS, and make connections between course activities and Conducting Best Value Procurement Handbook policies and procedures.

Sign up for one of our upcoming SSCP sessions:

  • Boston – State Transportation Building: 2/6; 2/13; 2/20; 2/27; 3/6
  • Westborough – Hadley Building: 3/12; 3/19; 3/26; 4/2; 4/9

Note that Essentials of State Procurement is a prerequisite. View our Buyer Schedule for availability.

To learn more, email OSD Training.

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