Despite following procedures and planning in advance, many procurement operations face protests from suppliers. Protests are often delicate situations that require appropriate responses and cautious actions. The burden of judgement and accountability often falls on procurement leaders. Managing a procurement team during a protest raises many issues beyond evaluating the legitimacy of potential violations raised by the supplier. For example, if a highly publicized procurement is protested, a procurement leader needs to face pressure from entity leadership, politicians, and the public with confidence.
For this reason, it is imperative for current and future procurement leaders to develop confidence when considering future supplier protests. These leaders are responsible for ensuring that all procedures are followed during a protest and strategies are in place to prevent protests.
NIGP has recognized these challenges and created an in-depth course offering that provides guidance on managing a procurement team through the process of a protest, while also developing strategies to address and prevent issues related to supplier protests.
NIGP’s Management Protests & Appeals course creates a dedicated learning experience where students leave with the ability to:
- Review protests with a high-level perspective
- Be able to anticipate protests on high-risk procurements and deal with them proactively
- Navigate organizational challenges with leadership and elected officials while following established processes
- Develop strategies to improve processes
- Respond with emotional maturity to potential pressures within the organization
- Develop a process to acknowledge and celebrate successful protests outcomes
This course is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
Senior-level public procurement professionals and senior-level central warehouse professionals who already have an in-depth knowledge of public procurement and handle or manage high-level, complex procurements for their respective entities.
Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created entities) who direct procurement operations and establish procurement policies.