This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Developing Procurement Skills – Without Spending a Penny

Written by Philip Ideson

The “Must Read” this week is a two-parter. I’m always on the lookout for ideas on how I can develop personally, and when I was a Head of Procurement, can I could help my teams develop. This being procurement, I didn’t often have much of a budget, so the lower cost the better!

Peter Smith of Spend Matters UK/Europe shares ten different ways of developing your procurement skills – or the skills of your team – without spending a penny:

Part 1 and Part 2


Why Having Price Down As A Measure Causes A Lack Of Ambition | Allison Ford-Langstaff, Future Purchasing

The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility | Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain

Regaining Lost Trust for a Highly Collaborative Relationship | Kate Vitasek, Vested

Supply chain visibility used to rank countries | Andrew Allen, CIPS Supply Management

Learning to Work with Machines That Learn What the Experts Know | Robert Handfield, NC State University

Procurement Won’t Advance Until We F*CK SAVINGS! | Michael Lamoureux, Sourcing Innovation


Procurement Pay Gap Shock | Procurious


Podcast: How Google is Moving the Procurement Sphere of Influence w/ David Natoff & Bernd Huber

About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.