36 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.

Inside Public Procurement: Heroic Stories from the Frontlines Bonfire Interactive

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    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

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.

    Education: The Key to Collaboration

    Education: The Key to Collaboration

    Getting everyone on board with procurement is easier said than done.
    All procurement pros face the stigma of “red tape” at one point or another even though we all know how vital the purchasing process is.
    What’s the key here? This panel says: education, breaking silos, and good customer service.
    Collaboration and education were hot topics at Bonfire’s User Meetup in Austin, TX. On this episode of Inside Public Procurement, listen in on a conversation between:
    Melissa McCord, Senior Contract Administrator and Supervisor, Harris CountyEdward Romero, Executive Director of Operations and Business Services, San Antonio Independent School DistrictAnnie Collier, Executive Director of Contract and Procurement Services, Austin Independent School District.Hear their take on improving relationships and educating internal clients, collaborating with other departments to create efficiencies, leveraging the knowledge and experience of other agencies, getting the best outcomes from cooperative purchasing, and so much more.
    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 and can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 56 min
    Why Collaboration is a Procurement Superpower

    Why Collaboration is a Procurement Superpower

    After a two-year hiatus we were finally able to get together in person with our amazing users at an Ontario Meetup. After the last few years of isolation, they had much to say about the importance of coming together to share ideas, celebrate successes and challenges, and problem solve together. And on this special mini episode of Inside Public Procurement, we’re bringing the highlights straight to you!
    Tune in to hear from four procurement professionals on the power of collaborating with peers: Michael Alguire, Purchasing Manager, County of Gray; Bhavna Sharma, Procurement Specialist, Laurier University; Jan Oliver, Assistant Director, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Services, York University; and Tony De Sciscio, Manager, Procurement and Contracts, Toronto Public Library.
    Here are some highlights from the session:
    · Why it’s so important to make space for procurement professionals to share their experiences
    · How insight sharing breaks down silos
    · Why a culture of collaboration benefits both procurement teams and the clients they serve
    · Bonus: Each panelist shares their favourite sticky takeaway from the event!
    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 and can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 8 min
    Innovating for Impact in Public Procurement

    Innovating for Impact in Public Procurement

    The transformative powers of technology on procurement is something we’ll talk about until we’re blue in the face—but hearing from the people who are reaping the benefits really puts it into perspective.
    On this episode of Inside Public Procurement, enjoy the recording from the case study session we hosted at the NIGP Annual Forum back in August titled “Innovation for Impact”.
    We sat down with Cheri Estrada, Director of Purchasing at Tacoma School District; Brenda Byers-Banks, Procurement and Contract Specialist at North Carolina State University; Adam Stearns, Director of Purchasing at Magnolia ISD; and Glenn O’Steen, Manager, Procurement at Columbia County, Georgia.
    Listen in as panelists discuss how tech impacts:
    Vendor service, diversity, and engagementRFP creation and collaborationEvaluationsClient serviceCost savingsAnd much more. Sit back, enjoy, and learn how you can use tech to see similar benefits.
    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 and can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 50 min
    Paving the Way for Cooperative Purchasing

    Paving the Way for Cooperative Purchasing

    Public procurement pros are the champions of creating positive, impactful change.
    Every now and again, take a step back and appreciate the ways procurement has real power to make a difference not just for your team and organization, but your community and peers, too.
    For Ada County, Idaho, that meant creating a procurement environment that empowered agility, mobility, and a better vendor experience. But, as if creating big internal changes wasn’t enough, Bob Perkins, Ada County’s Procurement Director, led the charge to tackle outdated legislation and introduce a new state bill that benefits all Idaho public agencies through cooperative purchasing.
    Cooperative purchasing in public procurement can make a world of difference—especially for smaller agencies. The little guys gain more purchasing power and all participating agencies can breeze through procurement since all the heavy lifting is already done. For everyone, it means negotiating lower prices and gaining the ability to be more frugal with taxpayer funds.
    On this episode of Inside Public Procurement, we sit down with Bob to talk about being the driving force behind switching to paperless procurement and creating a bill that would allow Idaho public agencies to leverage cooperative contracts. We also discuss how both he and his team at Ada County are always working to improve their processes, create a better experience for vendors, and advocate for cooperative purchasing.
    Have questions? Reach out to Bob at bperkins@adacounty.id.gov
    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 and can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 14 min
    Becoming Your Agency's Trusted Advisor

    Becoming Your Agency's Trusted Advisor

    How often have you heard procurement described as the “department of no”?
    To your internal clients—who want their goods and services purchased yesterday—the systems and processes you’ve put in place to ensure a fair and transparent process sometimes just look like red tape.
    But forward-thinking purchasing teams, like the one at San Bernardino County, are changing the narrative.
    In this episode, we sat down with Michelle Churchill and Bruce Cole, Supervising Buyers at San Bernardino County.
    At over 20,000 employees, Michelle and Bruce serve a huge internal client base. And they’ve made it their mission to shift their agency’s perspective of procurement, once seen as a roadblock, now established as a trusted and strategic advisor to their organization.
    In our conversion, hosted in-person at this year’s NIGP Forum in Boston, Bruce and Michelle tackle topics such as:
    How manual errors and RFP addenda eroded trust with internal clients and vendorsHow procurement technology has freed up the purchasing team’s time to get out of the weeds and think more strategicallyThe importance of user-friendly software to ensure buy-in from evaluators and vendorsConnect with Bruce at bcole@pur.sbcounty.gov and Michelle at Michelle.Churchill@pur.sbcounty.gov.
    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 and can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 21 min
    The Power of Community in Procurement

    The Power of Community in Procurement

    Have you ever met someone who grew up wanting to go into public procurement? When all of their friends were dressing up as doctors and firefighters for Halloween, they came as a purchasing agent? Us neither.
    Hardly anyone actively seeks a job in public procurement; you just kinda fall into it.
    So whether someone is coming to the procurement department from finance, public works, planning, or even fresh from school, the field of public purchasing can be a bit overwhelming to say the least. Procurement is a whole new, scary world complete with a new language, processes, rules, and tools. What’s a newbie to do?
    One thing that public procurement doesn’t get enough credit for is how friendly and helpful the community is. Procurement pros are always ready to share their knowledge, experience, and advice to help others.
    For Keith Allen, Senior Buyer at Jackson County, Missouri, leaning on a mentor and his peers has been one of the most crucial parts to him finding his rhythm in public procurement.
    Not only that, as a fresh mind in the department, Keith identified a lot of opportunities and helped the County ditch dozens of drawers of paper records, among other innovations.
    Keith sat down with us at the NIGP Annual Forum in Boston to talk us through his transition into procurement from finance, advice for new procurement pros, the power of new perspectives, and the best way to make seafood pasta.
    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 and can’t see the links? Just search for Inside Public Procurement in your favorite podcast player.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Logan Lyles ,

Great show for a hard-working department

Procurement folks do some very tireless work behind the scenes for many organizations. It’s great to see a show for them helping people in the roles with their day-to-day jobs!

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