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We are pleased to announce our success in joining the G-Cloud 12 Framework for Crown Commercial Service, in partnership with Bramble Hub. All of our Public Sector clients can now access our Services via this framework. For all of your Procurement, Commercial Governance, Programme and Project Management JDP can deliver swift results, using proven methodologies to deliver your strategic objectives. ..
There is always a focus on ‘getting the job done’ and ‘when will the project be delivered’ but this should not be considered the final chapter. Once a Programme or Project is complete, with the goals delivered, the Manager typically oversees the formal close-outs of external and internal procurement efforts with formal sign-off of delivery. But this does not represent the completion of all work; once a contract is signed and the transition of supply arrangements is complete, there is an essential transition from project to BAU delivery to ensure ongoing Contract (CM) and Supplier Relatio..
An Interview with.... Procurement Programme Manager Jenny
To gain further insight into JDP and our team we are continue to publish our 'Interview with...' series.. Jenny is fully MCIPS and Prince2Practitioner qualified, with a background in client delivery predominantly in Professional Services and Healthcare. She now splits her time between coordinating delivery, client account management and JDP Operations. Getting into Procurement: I started as a Junior Buyer within a large team of Strategic Category Managers for a Global Engineering Firm. As well as supporting colleagues in major projects I cut-my-teeth on managing categories such as sta..
Continuous Improvement - What is it and Why? Kaizen (Continuous Improvement) is a powerful philosophy that is embedded into the business behaviours and working culture of successful Procurement professionals. The continuous improvement mind-set goes far beyond utilising tools such as a Value Stream Map, where flow is tracked in order to map out a product or service. Data-driven management frameworks such as Total Quality Management (TQM) wrap a structure around the Lean philosophy by outlining that in order to be embedded successfully - workers at ALL levels must be ‘ALL IN’ on committi..
Collaboration is at the heart of everything JDP do. We believe in the intrinsic link between ourselves and our client teams, enabling us to align effectively to the vision and strategy for each and every engagement. Through harnessing and sharing ideas, thoughts, experiences and best practice we can create a platform for continuous improvement. Feeling engaged and motivated stems from teamwork, co-operation and collaboration with mutual respect of others’ time, opinions and commitments being essential. How – there is no right answer to the question of how to best collaborate but brin..
An Interview with.... Procurement Consultant Sukhraj
To gain further insight into JDP and our team we continue to publish our 'Interview with...' series. Sukhraj is a procurement professional with global sourcing experience and is currently leading a JDP engagement within the Higher Education sector. Getting into Procurement: My first formal exposure to Procurement was at University, where I gained an insight into the theoretical side of procurement. I was fascinated over how recently every major national and international organisation began investing in establishing a procurement function. My continual enthusiasm for the subject has..
At JDP, we feel it is important that risk is not shied away from or considered a negative and that risks are managed and mitigated in a transparent, proactive manner. Risks must be articulated in the correct way with probability and impact being reviewed with ongoing monitoring and management. The development of Risk Registers with consistent metrics and mitigation strategies alongside Risk Forums have progressed significantly and are now commonplace. However, their success is reliant on effective 1) People engagement, collaboration and motivation, 2) Process; clear and concise formal proce..
In these challenging times we want to share some of the sources of information we are using to stay up to date and ensure we continue to support our clients to manage costs, risks and support in the inevitable challenges we will all face due to Covid19; Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply https://www.cips.org/supply-management/campaign/coronavirus-update Government Procurement Guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/procurement-policy-note-0120-responding-to-covid-19 Business News Updates https://www.business-live.co.uk/all-about/coronavirus http://blo..
A story of successful change management - Listening to hear not listening to reply….
We always hear of success in terms of financial output or operational efficiency, but these successes are often only made possible through effective stakeholder and supplier relationship management and all-encompassing project management. JDP completed a tender and implementation engagement for a client in the Legal Services area, supporting the in-house reprographics and print management department in selecting and transitioning to a new supplier and technology solution. The success of this project was achieved through effective relationship management; really listening to stakeholders ..
  JDP appointed by top 20 UK University
JDP to provide a strategic procurement review and diagnostics as well as delivery support. JDP have been appointed by a large, internationally renowned University to support in both procurement project delivery spanning Professional Services and Estates, providing commercial and compliance advice and support to key stakeholders. In addition, we will be reviewing the Procurement Processes and Procedures. JDP will be completing a thorough due diligence process allowing for current state diagnostics and future state recommendations to deliver Procurement excellence for the University’s inte..
We have created a brief video to introduce JDP Project Management - Take a look! ..
An Interview with.... JDP Founder and Managing Director
To gain further insight into JDP and our team we are publishing our 'Interview with...' series over the coming months. We are starting with Jenny Powell, JDP Founder and Managing Director; Jenny is a highly experienced, MCIPS and Prince2 qualified Commercial Director, having reached board level in-house Jenny setup JDP in 2008, creating a business that has delivered procurement excellence consistently for a growing base of clients. Getting into Procurement; I started as a graduate Buyer at Kodak, supporting in direct and indirect procurement activities, starting with the basics of how..
We are in an increasingly complex global environment with the ongoing Brexit negotiations and impending exit in 2019 as well as tariffs being imposed globally and subsequent trade wars and political volatility. Businesses are in a challenging position regarding managing their supply base and supply chain risks; from availability of workforce with changes to freedom of movement, to the more obvious import and export cost considerations and potential currency fluctuations as a result of such momentous changes to our position within Europe and Globally. It is essential Procurement lead the ..
The influence of Procurement is rightly increasing across retail, industry and service sectors alike. It is essential that Procurement not only respond to, and deliver, innovative solutions but are actively seeking innovation to play our part as a key success factor in any businesses sustainable growth. Procurement must be more than a cost saving function. Beyond price, service and quality, Procurement are typically called upon to drive value-add and support a business brand by ensuring ethical practices and sustainability throughout the supply chain…but Procurement should to be utilised mo..
We have created a brief video to introduce JDP Benchmarking Services - Take a look! .. ..
Whilst seeking the most commercially advantageous solutions for our clients, with evaluation of price, quality, service and experience being key, more and more the demonstration of behaviours around all-encompassing ethical practices are on the agenda.  Although every client has good intentions regarding best practice relating to fraud, anti-bribery, modern day slavery and human rights as well as social and environmental factors, it doesn’t always effectively translate to best practice in Procurement and Supply Chain activities. We work with clients to embed the highest expectations in s..
With the likes of DIY chain Homebase and courier firm City Link being sold for a £1 due to huge losses, not to mention the UK’s biggest corporate collapse in a decade with Carillion going into liquidation – it begs the question who will be next? Large Retail organisations are under huge pressure with declining high street sales, intense competition and changing consumer habits and preferences; more and more firms are reporting sales pressures, poor performance and store closures from Dixons Carphone to Marks and Spencer’s to House of Fraser. This is not isolated to one sector with the nu..
With websites available to allow you to compare Estate Agent performance and increasing choice in terms of traditional estate agency versus online providers, and a mix of the two, competition is fierce. Recent scrutiny over success claims, with one firm claiming 78% of homes listed were sold versus independent analysis indicating the figures were just over 51%, this brings in to questions how much reliance we should place on the promotional figures quoted by firms. Whenever performance claims are publicly scrutinized and found to potentially be inaccurate this can have huge repercuss..
2018 Commercial Awareness Week
The government spends around £44 billion each year and delivering value for money for the taxpayer is paramount. Sir Jeremy Heywood, Head of the Civil Service, has made it clear he is determined to improve the way commercial arrangements are handled. Given the vast amount of staff involved in managing contracts and supplier relationships across the Civil Service there is inevitably a wide range of Procurement skills and levels of commercial awareness. The 7th to the 11th May 2018 is Commercial Awareness Week with lots of information, events and training to support in ensuring staff are p..
GDPR comes into force on the 25th May 2018 and the consequences for failing to protect personal data will be costly. With ever advancing technology and vast amounts of sharing (and in turn harvesting of) personal data it’s crucial that data security regulations protect us all. GDPR is an evolution of the current Data Protection Act and will apply new regulations around the collection, use and retention of personal data. This includes allowing any person to access the data held on them quickly and cheaply, and mandatory reporting of data security breaches. Organisations are having to r..
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