I write from the perspective of a procurement professional with over 30 years business experience in public and private procurement & supply chain management. I have been fortunate to have been strategically invlolved with developing complex projects which were completed on time & within budget for: a major university hospital, airport, convention center, and city & county government agencies. Major projects include use of state & federal grant funds or funding via public-private partnerships.
I did not intend to become a procurement professional . I transitioned into that role from managing the day to day operations of a clinical department at a major teaching hospital and recognizing the importance of securing optimal value and functionality in the procurement of medical equipment and patient care supplies. Throughout my career, I have continued to carry the message of the importance of procurement in organizations, especially a procurement department, which has learned to define and deliver “value” working collaboratively with client agencies and in harmony with the organizational mission. I have been fortunate to have had access to promote my views through speaking engagements and leadership opportunities with professional organizations and trade groups. I have also become progressively more active in social media and recommend that all procurement professionals would benefit served by doing so. Readers of my blog are invited and encouraged to join and network on my LinkedIn group, “Procurement Pros” where the focus is on sharing information of mutual benefit to procurement practitioners and to those who are stakeholders in procurement outcomes and processes. Specialties include but are not limited to: construction services, project management, professional service contracting, e-procurement, strategic sourcing, public-private partnerships& performance based contracting.
Procurement, like many things in life, can only be valued if it is understood. In many organizations, it is not understood well. Businesses cannot achieve full potential value without Procurement and Procurement cannot achieve full value without “C-suite” support from the business. To earn that support, Procurement must owe its first allegiance to collaboratively participate in the development of the overall business strategy and goals. Procurement must become “more strategic” and less process driven. Cost is, and will remain important, but other factors should be included and carefully weighed to secure outcomes optimally beneficial to the overall organization. The Procurement Pros Group is dedicated to helping procurement departments become “more strategic”. One of the key components is a commitment to defining the “value” of goods and services to be acquired collaboratively, with the input of stakeholders in the “outcomes”, and with the overall mission and goals of the organization constantly in mind.
I am interested in promoting earthquake early warning systems because of their demonstrated ability to protect lives and property. I was directly involved in one of the earliest installations,fire stations, in Palm Springs, California. I am current member of the California Earthquake Early Warning System (CEEWS) Management Committee, sharing experience gained serving on the Board of Directors of a statewide California JPA representing Palm Springs.