Positive and Silf announce collaborative partnership

Positive Purchasing and Silf, the Swedish National Association of Purchasing and Logistics (www.silf.se) have today announced the formation of a collaborative partnership.

A priority area for the partnership will be the provision of best practice tools, training and programs to enable world class strategic procurement and supply chain management in public and private sector organizations of all sizes.

Commenting on the partnership, Positive CEO Jonathan O’Brien said: “There are so many synergies between Silf and Positive Purchasing that it made a more formalized collaboration a natural development.

“Equipping both the current and future generations of procurement and supply chain practitioners with the ability to deliver strategic value through the development of professional skills and core competencies is at the heart of both our offerings.

“We look forward to working more closely with the team at Silf, exploiting our common and complementary areas of expertise with the aim of extending the international reach of both organizations.”

Carina Dahllöf, VD/CEO of Silf said: “By co-operating more closely with Positive Purchasing we will be delivering added value to Silf members and global organizations worldwide.

“We have worked with Jonathan O’Brien and the Positive team for a number of years now in support of Silf’s aim to improve efficiency, profitability and professionalism in the supply chain. What this new partnership gives us is the opportunity to collaborate on research and thought leadership projects to create a new map of modern best practice procurement.”

Prior to formalizing the working relationship, the two organizations have collaborated on the translation into Swedish of Jonathan O’Brien’s books on Category Management in Purchasing and Supplier Relationship Management to support the respected Silf Competence programme. With translation under way, a Swedish language version of the award-winning Negotiation for Procurement Professionals is expected to complete the strategic procurement trilogy during 2018.

Jonathan O’Brien will be speaking on ”How to buy digital success as a CPO” at Silf’s Supply Chain Outlook: Digital Innovation in the Supply Chain event in Stockholm on 23rd November 2017. For more information about the event program or to book a place, visit the Silf website.

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About Silf

“We turn expertise into sustainable profitability.”

Established in 1956 in Stockholm, Silf’s aim is to improve the efficiency, profitability and professionalism in the business world of supply chain and for the public procurement function. Silf provides development opportunities for the sector and helps companies and organisations achieve profitability and more successful relationships with their suppliers. Silf offers training programmes in Procurement, Public procurement, Logistics, Business Negotiations, Business Law and Economics. The skills development is carried out through international certification programmes, corporate training, consulting and seminars. The international approvals are according to the standards of IFPSM and ELA.

Website: www.silf.se
Twitter: @silfcompetence
Facebook: @SilfCompetenceAb
LinkedIn: silf-competence

For further information, images or interviews with Silf, please contact Carina Dahllöf on + 46 (0) 8 7521670 or cahd@silf.se

About Positive Purchasing Ltd

Founded in 2003, Positive Purchasing are industry leaders in driving procurement transformation across the globe. Combining expert training and tools with effective programs and methods, we help organizations deliver a dramatic improvement in their strategic procurement and negotiation outcomes. The result is lower costs, reduced risk, and ultimately, a performance boost and increased business profitability. Each of our Category Management, Supplier Relationship Management or Buyer’s Toolkit – and specialist Negotiation – programs is built on a unique best practice methodology supported by high-impact learning and development. Available individually or as part of a complete Procurement Transformation, our programs have been implemented successfully in FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies spanning multiple industry sectors worldwide.

CEO Jonathan O’Brien is a specialist management consultant with over 27 years’ experience in purchasing. He has worked all over the world helping global blue-chip organizations transform their procurement capability. Jonathan is also author of a trilogy regarded by many as instrumental in defining best practice strategic procurement comprising Category Management in Purchasing, Supplier Relationship Management and the award-winning Negotiation for Procurement Professionals – plus The Buyer’s Toolkit – all published by Kogan Page.

Website: positivepurchasing.com / www.redsheetnegotiation.com
Twitter: @Pos_Purchasing / @Red_Sheet
Facebook: /PositivePurchasing / redsheetnegotiation
LinkedIn: positive-purchasing / redsheetnegotiation

For further information, images or interviews with Jonathan O’Brien, please contact Ann Bryant on +44 (0) 7801 422159 or email ann.bryant@garlandpr.co.uk.