Effective Contract Management: Preparation, Principles and Practice

This briefing will examine how organisations can best manage the life-cycle of contracts to improve financial and operational performance.

Creating value and driving improved performance through contract management

  • Britain spent £251.5 billion pounds, or a third of total government spend, through external suppliers, according to National Audit Office estimates.
  • Public sector spending on goods and services across Scotland amounts to around £11 billion per year. Source: Scottish Government

Effective contract management is a key process which reduces inefficiencies and creates value for an organisation.

Recent high-profile outsourcing failures have illustrated the fundamental importance of good contract management in enabling organisations to deliver their financial and operational objectives.

Attend this Holyrood briefing to get an up-to-date brief on how your organisation can improve its procurement processes, relationship management and performance.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The latest developments in procurement and contract models
  • Effective contract management principles, techniques and how to apply them in your setting
  • Examples of successful and innovative contract management practice, across sectors

Who will benefit from attending?

Attendees will be drawn from (but not limited to): procurement, finance, legal, operations, construction, asset and facilities management, service commissioning and provision.


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Kate Connor, Director, Kate Connor Consulting  

10:05 Session 1: Getting Contract Management Right

  • Overview of modern procurement and supply management options
  • Up-to-date brief on the market environment, risk and how to navigate it successfully
  • Improving procurement knowledge, decision making, processes and efficiencies
  • Costs and benefits of the different approaches in contracts
  • Learning lessons from past experiences gone wrong

Hugh Carr, Head of Strategic Procurement, Scotland Excel​

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Improving Your Approach and Process: Procuring to avoid failure scenarios​

  • Contract structuring to avoid contract manipulation to achieve profit
  • Managing risk
  • Future proofing your supply chain
  • Sub-contacting: regulations and tools
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of contracts​

Robin Fallas, Partner, MacRoberts LLP

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:40 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice in Managing Contracts

  • A series of inputs will share learning and insights from organisations, across sectors, who are creating value and driving improved performance through good contract management

David MacDonald, National hub Programme Director, ‎Scottish Futures Trust

13:55 The Supply Chain perspective of Contract Management 

  • Introduction and context
  • Principles and best practice
  • Common conflicts

Andrew Crawford, Supply Chain Regional Lead, EDF Energy​

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Summary by the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

8 May 2018



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