GDN supply chain meets procurement

Synthotech has been sharing knowledge with a packed audience of supply chain companies and GDN procurement teams at an IA Procurement Event this week.

Earlier this week, Synthotech Business Development Director and former IGEM President, Simon Ayley, delivered a thought-provoking presentation on a supplier’s perspective of working with GDN procurement teams.

Simon kicked-off with a brief summary of the types of procurement events that he has been involved with over a career spanning 20 years. He then split the presentation into two sections. The first focused on sharing experiences with the supply chain – how to find “proper” opportunities for sale of goods or services, and the importance of evidence-based business cases.

The second was aimed at giving feedback to the GDN procurement representatives from a supplier’s perspective.  This highlighted the need for procurement to provide clearly defined processes with timescales, but also to become involved with all aspects of projects and products at a much earlier stage.  The presentation also raised challenges regarding the procurement of products developed under ofgem NIC/NIA funding mechanisms, and the need for GDN’s to share data such that fully-informed business cases can be developed from the start.

Thanks to IGEM for organizing such a great event, and for reinvigorating the Industrial Affiliates Section.

IGEM will include a full write-up in a future issue of Gas International, but should you wish to discuss in more detail please contact us here 

Simon Ayley delivering his presentation.

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