The Global Procurement Specialist program will introduce you to opportunities and strategies for doing business with all levels of government and other sectors (federal government, provincial governments, municipalities, crown corporations, federally regulated industries and the private sector). It provides you with the knowledge and expertise to sell to and buy from governments. The program will also introduce students to the procurement landscape in other country contexts including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
This program is ideal for business owners interested in doing business with governments worldwide, aspiring professionals who want to make a career in the global procurement and supply chain sector, as well as any government employees who procure and buy products and services for their department.

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- September 20th, 2021

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Courses

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Introduction

The purpose of this introductory module is to learn the concept of public procurement as well as the principles and guidelines on how governments and governmental agencies purchase goods, services and works using public funds. The module will walk through the public procurement process and the sequence of activities starting with the assessment of needs through awards to contract management and final payment.

The Role of the Buyer

This Module is conceived as an introductory overview of concepts that every student who wishes to become a practitioner in the discipline of Supply Management may experience. Some of the concepts, appropriate to the discipline and some standard terminology are introduced. These include the roles, basic duties, some differences between basic buying and Procurement Specialists, a brief introduction to the formation of Contracts, and some things students might expect to encounter. Several of these concepts will be more fully explored in Course Modules to be delivered later in the program.

This Module is designed to increase student awareness of the career path they may choose, and stimulate further questions, thoughts, and research on the part of the students. Student follow-up directly with the Module Instructor is encouraged, as is an independent exploration of the concepts introduced.

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Public Sector Procurement

This module will provide students with an introduction and overview of procuring goods, works and services within the public sector. The module will introduce students to the conception of public sector procurement and the overriding principles that govern how, globally – public sector organizations procure their goods, works and services within these remits. The module will introduce the basics of the different mechanisms used in public sector procurement and the best routes to attain value for money within a regulatory framework.

The purpose of this module is to equip students with an understanding of the importance of exercising public procurement within a regulatory framework.

Private Sector Procurement

This module will provide students with an overview of procurement in a private, for-profit context. Although the desired outcomes almost always align in both public and private procurement, there are radical differences in approach, process, and efficiency. This module will compare public and private procurement so that students would be able to work in and transfer between either context with confidence.

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Basic RFX Processes for Goods, Services, and Construction Procurement

In this module, students will learn about the types of procurement and how to differentiate between them. ​

Students will also learn about the trigger for procurement, the meaning of RFx, how to differentiate between RFI, RFQ and RFP. Students will explore the basic process flow for RFI, RFQ and RFP.

Details of RFXs, Proposals, and Response

This module will help students successfully navigate the RFP process. An RFP is most often used to acquire government goods and services. A successful RFP process will support the principles of fair, open, and transparent procurement; it will satisfy the government’s business requirements; and it will meet the expectations of government policy, applicable trade agreements, and common law.

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Contract Negotiations and Management

This course provides learners with an emphasis on understanding contract negotiations and contract management. The course includes study of topics related to negotiations, contract approaches, management, and implementation of contract procedures, and performance.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with foundational information on Contract Negotiations and Contract Management principles and practice in all areas of business at all levels. The utilization of the practices should ultimately be used to improve business outcomes by providing tools to use as best practices to improve the business outcomes.

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