At CF Industries, the procurement department facilitates and manages the bid and award process for competitive contracting. In the spring of 2013, CF Industries was working with 80% new staff, especially in the engineering area. Many of the new staff had come from the private sector with limited knowledge of Canadian competitive contracting law. Although the private sector itself, CF understood the importance of its obligations under Contract A when electing to use competitive contracting and wanted to protect the integrity of the process. CF wanted to have their procurement team, engineers, managers and end-user group attend together so they could all benefit from the training and work effectively together on upcoming competitive procurements.
The Manager of Procurement and Material Control contacted NECI to arrange for in-house training for the CF Industries procurement staff. He wanted to focus on tendering as their most common solicitation method and hone in on the purchaser’s legal obligations under Contract A. NECI recommended our Signature Seminar: How to Avoid the Tender Trap and worked with the CF representative to develop customized case studies and exercises capturing real-life problems so staff could practice the identified key learning outcomes.
The course delivered in April, 2013, was a huge success with participants rating it at 4.6 out of 5.0. Here is what they had to say:
“Excellent instructor. Great speaker, very thorough. Thank you! Extremely beneficial.”
“The best part of this course was so many tips on what to watch for and include in bid requests. Enjoyed it very much!”
“The best part of this course was the examples and interaction with teams on the case study. Great instructor, very informative.”
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