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Specification Writing

Time: 

1:30pm to 4:30pm
 
For:
All staff who are involved in the procurement of goods and services for Local Government.
 
Course Overview:
This course is designed to provide participants with information on the key principles that need to be observed when writing specifications.  The training addresses different types of specifications and will assist participants prepare basic plans to develop requirements.
 
The course also addresses the importance of stakeholder consultation and will assist participants identify key stakeholders and gain skills in identifying key requirements through consultation.
 
Participants will gain an awareness of government supplier requirements and an understanding of how to develop a specification in simple text, with a view to maximise bidding, obtaining better value for money and improving contract management.
 
Course outline:
   - What are specifications
   - What’s not included in a specification
   - Consultation before preparing a specification
   - Identification of customer needs
   - Market research
   - Scoping the requirement
   - Structuring the specification
   - Specification writing principles
   - Types of specification: technical, functional, performance and exemplar
   - Common mistakes in specification writing
   - Tips from specification writers
   - Feedback from SA suppliers on tender specifications

Presenter:
Lindy Rattigan, our program presenter has specialised in the area of procurement for many years, having working in State Government (extensively for the State Procurement Board) and Local Government.  Former Manager Contract & Procurement Services at the City of Salisbury – a large metropolitan Council with significant capital and operational spend – the Council was known for the establishment of leading Procurement Contract systems and process management. 

More recently Lindy has worked as a Consultant to LGA Procurement to assist in raising the profile of procurement across the sector - Lindy has been a key contributor over the past 5 years to the Network of Procurement Professionals, both as Committee Member and President where she has been a keen lobbyist for raising awareness of the value in procurement.  A strong believer in sharing her extensive experience in Procurement policy and practice – she has been a key driver in reinvigorating the Procurement network in South Australia.

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