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3 podcasts for public procurement professionals

January 31, 2019 | Bonfire Interactive

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Are you one of the 42 million weekly podcast listeners in the US? If so, we have some new suggestions to add to your playlist. If not — what are you waiting for?

Podcasts have exploded in popularity in recent years. They offer great stories, inspiration, education, and career and life advice. The digestible audio format is great for multitasking, so you can tune in on your commute, on the treadmill, in the waiting room, or while doing the dishes.

There’s truly a podcast for every topic, including procurement. Here are our three top podcast recommendations for public procurement professionals:

1. Public Procurement Leaders, presented by Public Spend Forum

This podcast provides a unique opportunity to be a fly on the wall in candid conversations about “successes and innovations in the public sector, and the people who are making them happen.”

Interviews range from procurement leaders at the federal, state, and local level, from the Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Alaska, to the Procurement Benchmarking program coordinator at the World Bank.

Try this episode: Public Procurement Leaders Podcast with Jack Pellegrino

This interview with Jack Pellegrino, Director of the Office of Purchasing and Contracting for the county of San Diego, discusses how his department adapted their procedures to help the County respond quickly to forest fire threats. He also covers who the ‘customer’ is in county procurement, and how the department collects and measures internal customer satisfaction as a measure of performance.

2. GovLove: A podcast about local government, presented by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)

Broadcasting from City Hall in Durham, North Carolina, this podcast will definitely lift your spirits and energize your efforts towards continuous improvement. Hear interviews with ambitious public servants who are working hard to improve government and overcoming many of the same challenges you face. You’ll also gain insight into the day-to-day experience of local government officials and pick up tidbits of career advice along the way.  

Try this episode: Episode #201 Data & Procurement in Boston, MA with Laura Melle & Stefanie Costa Leabo

In this interview, hear more about some of the procurement reform efforts Boston has undergone in partnership with the What Works Cities initiative. Guest speakers discuss how they are reframing the narrative around procurement from ‘the people who say “no”’ to capacity-builders helping other city departments help address their challenges.

3. Art of Procurement, presented by Phil Ideson

Philip Ideson is a champion of the procurement profession through training, consulting, and this long-running podcast. Though the focus of this podcast is on private sector procurement, there remain many insightful episodes for public procurement teams to peruse for career development and guidance in what it means to be a catalyst of change in procurement.

Try this episode: Episode #079 Going for the Gold! The Role of Procurement in Delivering the Olympic Games, with Gerry Walsh

This interview with Gerry Walsh, CPO of the London 2012 Winter Games, provides a fascinating look at the behind-the-scenes procurement work that goes into the Games. It’s an interesting story of large-scale public and private sector collaboration which set the standard for strategic procurement for future games.

For more on-demand resources for public procurement professionals, check out our webinar library.

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