9 episodes

Inside Public Procurement is a podcast dedicated to exploring the real stories and strategies of those working on the frontlines of the procurement process within state and local governments across North America.

Each episode, we gather insights from passionate leaders in the field and take an unflinching look at how public procurement teams are innovating to meet the new and changing needs of their constituents, vendors, and stakeholders.
Have an idea for an episode or want to come on as a guest? Email us at hello@gobonfire.com.

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Inside Public Procurement is a podcast dedicated to exploring the real stories and strategies of those working on the frontlines of the procurement process within state and local governments across North America.

Each episode, we gather insights from passionate leaders in the field and take an unflinching look at how public procurement teams are innovating to meet the new and changing needs of their constituents, vendors, and stakeholders.
Have an idea for an episode or want to come on as a guest? Email us at hello@gobonfire.com.

    Making Your Job Easier with eProcurement and Contract Management

    Making Your Job Easier with eProcurement and Contract Management

    Going through daily procurement processes can be a slog. Time-consuming tasks bog you down and often prevent you from spending time on the more impactful items on your to do list.
    With procurement technology, those challenges can be a thing of the past.
    Tyler Liu, Strategic Sourcing Services Manager at ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia), explains how procurement software has streamlined processes in his department and allowed him to focus on the important pieces of the RFP process.
    We discuss:
    The benefits of eProcurement
    Running an efficient RFP process
    Managing multiple procurements
    The two components of contract management
    The importance of training


    Reach out to Tyler at tyler.liu@icbc.com.
    You can find this interview, and many more, by subscribing to Inside Public Procurement on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or gobonfire.com/podcast.
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    • 39 min
    Empathy: The Secret Sauce for Maintaining Compliance

    Empathy: The Secret Sauce for Maintaining Compliance

    One of the hardest jobs of a procurement professional is navigating a complex network of stakeholders and getting their buy-in. Particularly challenging is a stakeholder who views procurement simply as a roadblock to doing their job effectively.
    How can you overcome this challenge?
    Peggy Ferrin, Procurement Coordinator in the Town of Paradise Valley, joins the show to share how empathy can help you win over stakeholders and improve compliance across the board.
    We discuss:

    Making the transition from school districts to municipalities
    Why compliance is so important
    Navigating stakeholders and getting buy-in
    How eProcurement has been game-changing in their purchasing decisions

    Reach out to Peggy at pferrin@paradisevalleyaz.gov.
    You can find this interview, and many more, by subscribing to Inside Public Procurement on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or gobonfire.com/podcast.
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    • 25 min
    Balancing Creativity and Compliance in Procurement

    Balancing Creativity and Compliance in Procurement

    Creativity in procurement — to some, it might not sound attainable.
    After all, there are strict sets of rules and regulations that guide public procurement practices, and as a buyer, you don’t want to be responsible for your agency becoming the subject of a news headline. 
    But Darren Tompkins, Manager of Purchasing at City of Kelowna, believes that creativity is integral to maximizing the effectiveness of procurement. Creative thinking in procurement doesn’t need to come at the expense of compliance; in fact, it’s crucial to attaining the outcomes you’re trying to achieve. 
    We discuss:

    How to get the most out of procurement
    Bringing more creativity to the industry
    Leveraging feedback loops with bidders
    Social procurement

    Want to connect with Darren on the topics covered on this episode of Inside Public Procurement? Email him at dtompkins@kelowna.ca. 
    You can find this interview, and many more, by subscribing to Inside Public Procurement on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or gobonfire.com/podcast.
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    • 36 min
    Optimizing Public Procurement Through Collaboration

    Optimizing Public Procurement Through Collaboration

    The public procurement landscape can be very fragmented. Different departments and divisions use different processes and different systems. In short, everyone has their own way of doing things.

    In this episode, Carol Izzio, Director of Procurement at Sheridan College, explains why sharing best practices and collaborating is the best way to improve public procurement for the future.

    We discuss:


    - Why optimization matters


    - How technology can support public procurement


    - Why sustainable procurement needs to evolve

    Reach out to Carol at carol.izzio1@sheridancollege.ca.

    You can find this interview, and many more, by subscribing to Inside Public Procurement on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or gobonfire.com/podcast.
    Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 26 min
    Why Welcoming Innovation is Key to Procurement Success

    Why Welcoming Innovation is Key to Procurement Success

    Business as usual just doesn’t cut it anymore. With so much change happening around us, new ideas, tools, and processes are needed to improve the procurement industry.

    Amanda Burton, Contract Buyer at Utah Transit Authority, joins the show to share her thoughts on how innovation can move the industry forward.
    Topics covered in this episode:

    - The impacts of COVID on supply availability

    - How innovation powers procurement

    - Bridging the generational gap between procurement professionals

    - The double-edged sword of transparency
    You can find this interview, and many more, by subscribing to Inside Public Procurement on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or gobonfire.com/podcast.
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    • 32 min
    Driving Efficiency (And Impact) with Cooperative Bids

    Driving Efficiency (And Impact) with Cooperative Bids

    In public procurement, spending taxpayer money responsibly is incredibly important. Cooperative bids, or coops, are a great way to accomplish that. But how do you show the value of the procurement strategy you have in place? That’s where transparent reporting comes in.

    In this episode, we’re joined by Jennifer Frates who is the Chief Procurement Officer for Barnstable County and the President of Cape Cod Association of Public Procurement Officials (CCAPPO). She talks about the benefits of transparency and cooperative purchasing.
    We discuss:

    - The importance of transparency

    - The benefits of cooperative bids

    - Why the public sector should take better advantage of technology

    Reach out to Jennifer at purchasing@barnstablecounty.org

    You can find this interview, and many more, by subscribing to Inside Public Procurement on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or gobonfire.com/podcast . 
    Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 29 min

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