How to become a ‘client of choice’

Making best use of an increasingly limited supplier market to deliver ambitious infrastructure programmes is a challenge for all government agencies today. When work is scarce, the choice between large and small contractors; and between local, regional and offshore suppliers is a luxury that plays into the hands of our buyers. But what happens when […]

Tender Evaluators match-making service – Available now at no cost!

Need a skilled tender evaluator? We can put you in with a skilled procurement professional who needs examples of tender evaluations to complete their NZQA Procurement Qualification. Each of these candidates has completed 80% of the qualification, and has been thoroughly trained in best practice in evaluating tenders and procurement probity. We have candidates based […]

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WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites: Expert WordPress Hosting SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer […]

Procurement mentoring – a winning formula

On-job mentoring for procurement capability development – why it works Real, tangible changes in workplace practice are incredibly hard to achieve. Even more so where there’s a mature audience who are, understandably, resistant to change. Busy procurement managers have little appetite for exams, lecture-style teaching or theoretical text-book study. And reliable indicators of their individual […]

Attention NZQA Procurement Trainees

Important update on assessments from 2018 If you’re currently progressing through your NZQA Procurement Qualification, you need to know about changes to our fee structures for assessment. Clever Buying now has two qualified Assessors who will be working with the 60-70 people who are currently registered and working through their qualification. Bruce Buxton and Caroline […]

Should our big spenders be qualified?

Isn’t it time that those who spend tens of billions of dollars of public money every year should be obliged to be trained and qualified to spend it wisely?  We think a generic NZQA-accredited procurement qualification should be required for procurement practitioners of significant projects. The savings – both in procurement process efficiency and in […]

SQP25 – a new tool to select the right Attribute Weightings

It’s a breakthrough! A new tool that helps you pay the right premium for quality – every time. Setting weights in tenders has always been tricky. Even with the benefits of transparency provided by the Price Quality Method, tender evaluations vary considerably and sometimes produce recommendations that don’t appear to support Value for Money. Our […]

A Landmark Legal Decision exposes unfair Tendering Practices

A victory was scored by a supplier in late July this year, with a High Court decision against a Ministry that breached Government’s Procurement Rules. The tendering decision was overturned, and all legal costs of the plaintiff were borne by the defendant. The Problem Gambling Foundation has successfully challenged a tendering decision by the Ministry […]

Who are the best (and worst) rated procuring organisations in New Zealand?

A recent survey by the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development (NZCID) evaluated procurement processes of some of New Zealand’s leading public organisations. The diverse pool of respondents included 32 senior industry leaders across the full spectrum of industries – contracting and construction, engineering, banking and finance, and professional advisory services. Survey results, revealed at […]

Who Will Benefit?

Tender evaluators Managers responsible for preparing RFTs Council / local government managers and engineers Procurement senior and middle managers Consultants Commercial and business managers Purchasing managers CEOs, general managers and managing directors Divisional managers A class act. Interesting, thought-provoking, incredibly applicable and useful.