At Barkers, we are proud to name industry-recognised experts amongst our team, and we build sustainable relationships with our Associates, even when they are working on their own projects. That said, we can always find the right opportunity for practitioners in the earlier stages of their careers, who want to develop themselves working with our talented team.
Our Managing Director, David Loseby (MCIOB Chartered, FAPM, FCMI, FCIPS Chartered, FRSA), has over 25 years’ experience at senior executive/director level, driving value and change through procurement and organisational transformation.
In his CIPS Knowledge paper ‘Critical Thinking Skills’, David explores the origins of critical thinking skills from as far back as Socrates, and how their application in the modern context is of paramount importance for a successful procurement professional. Understand more about different thinking skills and the stages of your thought processes, and how they can benefit you in all aspects of your procurement role. From recognising the assumptions a supplier may be making in a key negotiation meeting, through to analysing critical strategic opportunities such as outsourcing or insourcing services, mastering your thinking skills is core to your continued professional development as a procurement expert.
Behavioural procurement studies the psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors which influence commercial interactions in organisations. ‘Soft Skills: Behavioural Procurement’ is another CIPS Knowledge paper, written by David, which explores this topic in detail – helping you understand how best to achieve collaborative outcomes, avoid biases, and anchor judgements effectively in the professional procurement environment.
Download David’s papers to explore these ideas further.