Procurement Skills Agenda


Delivering the Sustainability Agenda

10.30 - 11.00

Reducing the carbon impact of defence infrastructure and equipment procurement
Making sustainability synonymous with how the armed forces do business
Sustainability, recycling and recovery, CHP and energy efficiency, waste water treatment
Corporate Social Responsibility

What Regulations Apply?

11.00 - 11.30

Procurers in defence sector have more options than their non-defence counterparts when it comes to choosing the correct legislative framework to apply to their procurement activity. This session will consider the various regulations and their applicability.

Drafting the Specification

11.45 - 12.15

The tender specification is the heart of every procurement exercise and it has to be right, first time, every time. There are a number of key aspects to creating a good tender specification and this session looks at a range of issues and considers their impact, from the technical requirement to criteria and weightings and from service levels to sustainability.

Evaluation Techniques

12.30 - 13.00

It is important that the evaluation stage of the procurement process is structured and finalised before the tender specification is issued. Ensuring the right evaluators are in place and that they have a clear concise understanding of what the authority requires, is also a key element. This session will look at evaluation issues and offer some tips to help ensure a robust process, that delivers the best possible outcome.

Impact of Brexit on Procurement

13.30 - 14.00

While the impact of Brexit on public procurement is likely to be limited, at least in the short term, this session will discuss the practical considerations for public procurers, and will look at the potential impact on legislation and public procurement policy should a ‘no deal’ Brexit occur at any point.

Is Sustainability Achievable?

14.15 - 14.45

As the importance of Sustainability in public procurement exercises has increased, so have the myriad terms used to describe it. This session will define Sustainability through examples, and will discuss the common challenges faced by procurers who want to deliver social, economic or environmental benefits through procurement exercises in a legally compliant way.

When is Single Source or Market Limitation Feasible?

15.00 - 15.30

Whether you call them Direct Awards, Non-Competitive Actions, Single Tender Actions, Urgent Operational Requirements, their use is often fraught with concern as to their legality. There are, however, a variety of justifications for their use. This session considers the issues and discusses when and how they can be justified, within the scope of the legislation.

*Agendas subject to change