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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 State Procurement (ESP) is a one-day class that covers:

  • The goals of the Operational Services Division;
  • Purchasing from a Statewide Contract;
  • Policies and procedures for conducting a procurement;
  • Cost-saving opportunities within the Commonwealth;
  • OSD’s procurement programs such as the Supplier Diversity Program, Environmentally Preferable Products, and Small Business Purchasing Program; and
  • Basic navigation in COMMBUYS.

The next two sessions of ESP are Wednesday, November 16, and Monday, December 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the OSD Training Room. Register online through PACE.

Once you’ve completed ESP as a prerequisite, your next step is to enroll in the Strategic Sourcing Certificate Program (SSCP), a five-day certificate series that provides in depth training on the seven-step Strategic Sourcing framework. Participants will:

  • Learn industry-wide best practices involved in strategic sourcing and conducting an effective procurement;
  • Learn OSD policies, procedures, and tools available to them;
  • Collaborate with professionals from other agencies; and
  • Practice key skills such as creating buyer profiles, evaluating quotes, and communicating effectively to manage and monitor their contracts.

There are two sessions of SSCP quickly approaching: winter in Boston (10 Park Plaza, State Transportation Building) and spring in West Boylston (180 Beamon Street, DCR Facility). Applications are now being accepted for both sessions and are available on the OSD Buyer Training webpage.

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