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Civil Servants Guide to Managing Contracts

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Chartered Management Institute logo This course forms part of a CMI Certificate in Leadership and Management

This seminar will explore the fundamentals of managing and monitoring contracts in the public sector environment. It will cover the key elements which constitute a contract and their impact both operationally and for management purposes. At the conclusion of the course delegates will have acquired an understanding and appreciation of the knowledge and skills required to manage contracts in an efficient and proactive manner

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the elements of commercial style contracts common within the public sector
  • Understand the contract life cycle and what constitutes a contract
  • Identify and understand the key elements of a contract
  • Comprehend the importance of commercial awareness in managing and monitoring contracts within the public sector
  • Understand the techniques, both operational and legal, and best practice in effectively managing contracts to ensure delivery and optimisation of value for money

Programme

9:15
Registration
9:45
Welcome & Introduction
10:00
What is a contract?
Examines the life cycle of a contract, provides an understanding of what distinguishes a contract, types of contract, documentation required and key terminology used during and after negotiation.
10:45
Commercial Awareness
What it is, it’s relevance to the public sector and why it is key to establishing sound contract management, including the contractor’s viewpoint
11:30
Refreshments
11:45
Contract elements
An examination of the various elements which comprise a working contract, exploring their significance and relevance in shaping and managing contracts and third parties
12:30
Lunch
13:30
Governance and Risk management
Further explores the concepts of governance and risk, how these aspects are key to sound commercial awareness. Examines how risk is identified, monitored and managed throughout the lifecycle of a contract
14:15
Monitoring and performance
A comprehensive examination of the techniques, both operational and legal, and best practice in effectively managing contracts to ensure delivery and optimisation of value for money
15:00
Refreshments
15:15
Disengagement
Explores successful disengagement from contracts either by termination, closure or transfer. Offers suggestions how individuals should prepare for these situations to ensure a smooth transition avoiding post contractual claims and ensure queries can be dealt with effectively in the future.
16:00
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Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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