Henri @ bpost
22/10/2015

Ha! The procurement director walked by my desk and said: “goe bezig”. He made my day :-)


Nico @ EDF Luminus
19/06/2015

For a while we have been working together with an internal client on contracting a supplier. Which started out with just finalise the contract and put the price on paper was in the end a valuable lesson the Maturity model from Van Weele in practice.
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
17/06/2015

Today I had a meeting with one of our big suppliers in regards to terms and conditions for our further cooperation. As terms and conditions are not only commercial but also included legal topics each party was also represented by a legal counsellor. Although commercially the discussions about these terms and conditions went very practically we noticed that legal wise ...
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
27/04/2015

Vandaag was de closing van mijn eerste RFP. Bij het bekijken van de offertes kwam ik tot de vaststelling dat er duidelijke prijs verschillen en ook service verschillen waren tussen de 2 overgebleven kandidaten.
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
20/04/2015

Vandaag ontmoeten we de leverancier die als enige overbleef uit mijn eerste grote RFP voor de enige onderhandelingsfase. Voordat de leverancier er was hebben we samen alle mogelijke argumenten opgesomd die in ons voordeel spelen.
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
19/04/2015

Tijdens een onderhandeling met een leverancier merkten we dat de leverancier ons geen directe korting kon toestaan. Door gericht vragen te stellen en ons in de schoenen van de leverancier te zetten kwamen we erachter dat ...
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
15/04/2015

Vandaag hadden we een onderhandeling met een leverancier over een kredietnota die al enige tijd aansleepte. Hoewel langs onze zijde enkel purchasing betrokken was had de andere partij naast hun European Vice President ook de organisator bij die emotioneel zeer betrokken was bij deze onderhandeling.
+ Read more


Henri @ bpost
20/03/2015

Actually I already learned quite a bit when scrolling through my notes. Looking forward to next week!


Henri @ bpost
27/02/2015

A lot of time goes into learning the company’s abbreviations, structure and workflow. This doesn’t go as quick as I would like, but I realize one should learn how to walk before he can start running…


Henri @ bpost
06/03/2015

One of my project needed a big spend analysis. My coach kindly explained what to do, and then left with a smile while I was drowning in 24.354 Excel lines. By letting me try to find it my own way, I learned twice as much as opposed to her showing me how it should be done. I discovered pivot tables and other Excel magic.


Henri @ bpost
27/02/2015

By the end of the first week I already met the internal client for one of the projects. My biggest fear was/is to forget important information. Sandy learned me to relax and listen to the client, instead of focusing on my next question and trying to scribble everything down like a control freak with Alzheimer.


Henri @ bpost
21/03/2015

After reading Gauthier’s and Julie’s posts I couldn’t wait to start this exciting learning journey myself. Three weeks ago my SupplyPlus adventure began at bpost. The first week passed in a heartbeat. Badge, computer, permissions and 3 projects were handed to me before the end of my first (!) day. The introduction was quite fast and I will need some time to get to know my colleagues, but my team seems really cool! Couldn’t wish for a better start!


Stephanie @ Van Marcke
30/07/2014

Heb al veel gehad aan je 4 daagse onderhandelingsopleiding!

Nog es dank je daarvoor!


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
29/07/2014

Today, I had a status meeting with an internal customer on 3 different projects. We knew he was a very political guy, so I did not have any clue what to expect. Thanks to my coach, we had prepared not only the content but also the 'elevator' version of each storyline. We managed to turn the meeting from a pinpointing, blaming attitude into a constructive, one team feeling. Once again, I experienced the power of good preparation:-)


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
21/07/2014

On regular occasions, my manager wants a fast update on one of my projects.
+ Read more


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
10/07/2014

Yesterday, my management coach gave a communication training to all the procurement team. Everyone, including myself, learned a lot and was very enthusiastic about this. An extra advantage was that all my colleagues now understand what he teaches me as this was not very clear for everyone.

 


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
03/07/2014

Last week I had to organize supplier meetings for our executive board. As this was my first appearance in front of our top management, I wanted to prepare well. My coach gave me the tip ...
+ Read more


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
18/06/2014

My coach taught me that people use different processes to communicate and understand things. By preparing different versions of the message, it comes across much better. This helped me to align everyone and put all noses in the direction we wanted to go to. As the strategy and next steps were now determined, everything went much smoother and we could advance way faster than ‘normal’.


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
29/05/2014

I received a sensitive project that has been started up and put on hold for almost two years. By putting together a core team and defining a sourcing strategy, we managed to start defining content to write the RFI while conducting meetings with all stakeholders. This way, we will not only receive valuable input for our RFP but we are also preparing our stakeholders for the changes that will come to ensure a smooth transition. Although these changes will only be implemented in 6 to 8 months, it is important to direct all stakeholders in the direction we are heading in order to minimise the disruption in time and impact.


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
08/05/2014

Earlier this week there was a meeting that, because of external factors, was heading completely the wrong way. No one was listening to each other and we were not working by the strategy we defined earlier in the project.By keeping calm and using the techniques learned by my three coaches I kept my emotions out and tried to keep on thinking. By asking certain questions people started to rethink what they were discussing and we found the main problem.

Because we found the real problem we now could work together to solve this while maintaining the tight project schedule and holding on to our strategy. I was really happy that I didn't stress out and used the advice of my coaches to solve a potential big problem while being unprepared.


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
10/04/2014

Today I had my first HR session. After doing some psychology tests I was shown my MBTI-profile and the ways I communicate the most.

By doing these tests I've not only learned a lot about myself but also found out why it's easier to make a 'connection' with certain people.

After this my very professional coach learned how I can use different techniques to align all stakeholders in the right direction to achieve the best goal for my company.

Later on the day I started to realised that ...
+ Read more


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
30/03/2014

I started working as a buyer almost two weeks ago and it's already hard to write down what I've learned so far as it's that much.

On my first day I was not only given some policies, general terms & conditions and much more but also an extensive course in the ERP-program SAP.
+ Read more


Surplusser
17/10/2013

Meer en meer word ik mij bewust van het feit dat ik de juiste vragen stel. Aan de reactie van mensen kan je zien dat je hen aan het denken of twijfelen zet dor een bepaalde vraag te stellen. Ook mensen die heel overtuigd proberen over te komen. Ik stel niet bewust moeilijke vrage maar dat gaat heel natuurlijk. Dit zal dan wel gezond verstand zijn of misschine begin ik beter body language te begrijpen:-)


Julie @ bpost
14/10/2013

Today is my last day as a surplus’er. Sometimes I wonder what I learned. It is not always easy to see how I evolved. When reading this diary I see the things I learned. One of the many things I will never forget is to give people flowers (metaphorical speaking off course)!

Tomorrow I will be facing the problems “alone” with my large backpack of tips and advice. I am curious, a bit anxious but most of all I look forward to all the challenges I will meet. I am super happy that one year ago I said “YES” to this nice opportunity.


Julie @ bpost
07/10/2013

Today I had, for the second time in my short buyer-career, a debriefing meeting with a potential-supplier about the attribution of a tender. The potential supplier didn’t get the contract.
+ Read more


Surplusser
27/09/2013

Vandaag heb ik beslist om te vertrouwen op mijn “gezond boerenverstand”.
+ Read more


Surplusser
26/09/2013

Ik ben “extraordinary”!
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
24/09/2013

The one-minute-rule!

I found it very hard to briefly explain a problem to my boss or any of my colleagues.
+ Read more


Surplusser
23/09/2013

De vraag van een consultancy leverancier om een afspraak rond wachtvergoedingen in het contract te zetten, heb ik rondgekregen. Er was geen voorbeeld uit een vroeger contract dat ik hiervoor kon gebruiken en dat vind ik altijd moeilijk. Maar het is gelukt.


Surplusser
16/09/2013

Ik heb mij zo goed als volledig aan mijn planning kunnen houden. Een aantal kleinere zaken heb ik moeten verschuiven maar die waren niet superdringend dus geen enkel probleem. Deze week ga ik dus op dezelfde manier tewerk gaan.


Julie @ bpost
29/08/2013

 

This month I noticed several times that my internal customer is telling the supplier during negotiation meetings internal business information that should stay internal.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
05/07/2013

In July, we communicated the attribution of a large tender we submitted in February. I was very excited and very curious of the feedback of the suppliers who didn’t get the contract.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
27/06/2013

 

Last week I was chocked!
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
23/04/2013

This month I learned how to say “NO”.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
25/03/2013

March was a big challenge. I had invited a supplier who is a monopolist in the market. There are not many strategies for negotiating with a monopolist without losing the good service.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
27/02/2013

In February, I received several Offers for a big project I am working on. I found it very hard to analyze these offers as I am not very familiar with IT-stuff. My coach helped me to walk through these offers. We came up with a scorecard that contains all the attribution criteria in detail and their scoring. For the multifunctional team and myself it was an easy tool for analyzing the offers. This tool will help me the coming month to motivate our decision for the attribution of the tender. This month I learned that I do not need to understand every word in the Offer. But the help of the internal customer and the scorecard made it easier to understand it.


Surplusser
01/02/2013

Dank u wel! Heb net weer een conference call gehad over hetzelfde als gisterenavond. Ik had alle slides al aangepast met al hun opmerkingen.

Ik ben zelf heel licht en vrolijk in het gesprek gestapt en gehouden (ik hoorde de verrassing op de achtergrond bijna) en werd met fluwelen handschoentjes behandeld. Ik word nu mee op meetings uitgenodigd over dit onderwerp waar ik gisteren het bestaan niet van kende. Ik denk dat er iets is doorgedrongen.

Boodschap is overgekomen en ik ga jouw wijze raad zeker in de volgende stappen implementeren:-)


Julie @ bpost
15/01/2013

This month I had several meetings with the internal customer of my projects. My coach learned me to use mindmaps when preparing a meeting. I noticed everyone in the meeting was listening and following the sequence of the topics I had chosen. This tool came in very handy when preparing my meetings. I felt quite confident. But that was perhaps because I was well prepared and structured :-)


Surplusser
01/01/2013

Net de meeting met de 30-jaar-ervaren CEO achter de rug.

Het was alsof je meekeek over mijn schouder. Ik heb misschien niet de oude prijs kunnen behouden maar heb toch mijn zeg gedaan (met behulp van mijn mindmap uiteraard).

Ik heb me hen (want ze waren met 2 …) uiteraard voorgesteld met “de boxershort”.

Ik wil nog eens zeggen hoe super ik het vond door je gecoached te worden !

Misschien ga ik onderhandelen toch nog leuk vinden !


Julie @ bpost
12/12/2012

Vandaag had ik coaching. Het was echt super! Deze morgen was het gesprek met LEVERANCIER over papier en karton. We hebben samen het gesprek concreet voorbereid. De coach heeft me ook uitgelegd waarom we eerst pull gaan gebruiken en nadien push en op het einde terug pull. Ik had de stapjes (wat ik moest zeggen en vragen) goed genoteerd en mocht het zelf doen. Ik was eigenlijk wel zenuwachtig want ik wou echt dat het goed ging. Ik heb ook aan mijn verantwoordelijke, P., gevraagd of hij de meeting wilde bijwonen en waarom deze meeting is. Hij was erbij. De meeting was vlot verlopen.
+ Read more


Julie @ BPost
03/12/2012

This second month working as a buyer passed quickly. I noticed I felt a bit uncertain when writing an e-mail and explaining which information I needed.

Together with my coach, I spend several hours on analyzing ways to express myself. Therefore, I took the MBTI-test and learned about the 16 different personalities. Currently, I am trying to find the personality of my colleagues and the people around me.


Julie @ BPost
01/11/2012

During the first weeks as a buyer of the coaching program SupplyPlus, I learned about the Belgian law of public procurement. 

I struggled with implementing the different types of procurement. For my first project we decided to publish the tender as an ‘openbare aanbesteding’. I also learned that our strategy could only work while having the buy-in of each stakeholder. With some guidance, I was able to convince them that, eventhough it was not the standard way of working, this is the most suitable strategy for the project. While anxiously waiting for the offers to arrive, I am working on other projects. I can indulge myself with Excel by making several fill-in files for quotations and set up RFP-documents for other projects.


Henri @ bpost
22/10/2015

Ha! The procurement director walked by my desk and said: “goe bezig”. He made my day :-)


Nico @ EDF Luminus
19/06/2015

For a while we have been working together with an internal client on contracting a supplier. Which started out with just finalise the contract and put the price on paper was in the end a valuable lesson the Maturity model from Van Weele in practice.
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
17/06/2015

Today I had a meeting with one of our big suppliers in regards to terms and conditions for our further cooperation. As terms and conditions are not only commercial but also included legal topics each party was also represented by a legal counsellor. Although commercially the discussions about these terms and conditions went very practically we noticed that legal wise ...
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
27/04/2015

Vandaag was de closing van mijn eerste RFP. Bij het bekijken van de offertes kwam ik tot de vaststelling dat er duidelijke prijs verschillen en ook service verschillen waren tussen de 2 overgebleven kandidaten.
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
20/04/2015

Vandaag ontmoeten we de leverancier die als enige overbleef uit mijn eerste grote RFP voor de enige onderhandelingsfase. Voordat de leverancier er was hebben we samen alle mogelijke argumenten opgesomd die in ons voordeel spelen.
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
19/04/2015

Tijdens een onderhandeling met een leverancier merkten we dat de leverancier ons geen directe korting kon toestaan. Door gericht vragen te stellen en ons in de schoenen van de leverancier te zetten kwamen we erachter dat ...
+ Read more


Nico @ EDF Luminus
15/04/2015

Vandaag hadden we een onderhandeling met een leverancier over een kredietnota die al enige tijd aansleepte. Hoewel langs onze zijde enkel purchasing betrokken was had de andere partij naast hun European Vice President ook de organisator bij die emotioneel zeer betrokken was bij deze onderhandeling.
+ Read more


Henri @ bpost
20/03/2015

Actually I already learned quite a bit when scrolling through my notes. Looking forward to next week!


Henri @ bpost
27/02/2015

A lot of time goes into learning the company’s abbreviations, structure and workflow. This doesn’t go as quick as I would like, but I realize one should learn how to walk before he can start running…


Henri @ bpost
06/03/2015

One of my project needed a big spend analysis. My coach kindly explained what to do, and then left with a smile while I was drowning in 24.354 Excel lines. By letting me try to find it my own way, I learned twice as much as opposed to her showing me how it should be done. I discovered pivot tables and other Excel magic.


Henri @ bpost
27/02/2015

By the end of the first week I already met the internal client for one of the projects. My biggest fear was/is to forget important information. Sandy learned me to relax and listen to the client, instead of focusing on my next question and trying to scribble everything down like a control freak with Alzheimer.


Henri @ bpost
21/03/2015

After reading Gauthier’s and Julie’s posts I couldn’t wait to start this exciting learning journey myself. Three weeks ago my SupplyPlus adventure began at bpost. The first week passed in a heartbeat. Badge, computer, permissions and 3 projects were handed to me before the end of my first (!) day. The introduction was quite fast and I will need some time to get to know my colleagues, but my team seems really cool! Couldn’t wish for a better start!


Stephanie @ Van Marcke
30/07/2014

Heb al veel gehad aan je 4 daagse onderhandelingsopleiding!

Nog es dank je daarvoor!


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
29/07/2014

Today, I had a status meeting with an internal customer on 3 different projects. We knew he was a very political guy, so I did not have any clue what to expect. Thanks to my coach, we had prepared not only the content but also the 'elevator' version of each storyline. We managed to turn the meeting from a pinpointing, blaming attitude into a constructive, one team feeling. Once again, I experienced the power of good preparation:-)


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
21/07/2014

On regular occasions, my manager wants a fast update on one of my projects.
+ Read more


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
10/07/2014

Yesterday, my management coach gave a communication training to all the procurement team. Everyone, including myself, learned a lot and was very enthusiastic about this. An extra advantage was that all my colleagues now understand what he teaches me as this was not very clear for everyone.

 


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
03/07/2014

Last week I had to organize supplier meetings for our executive board. As this was my first appearance in front of our top management, I wanted to prepare well. My coach gave me the tip ...
+ Read more


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
18/06/2014

My coach taught me that people use different processes to communicate and understand things. By preparing different versions of the message, it comes across much better. This helped me to align everyone and put all noses in the direction we wanted to go to. As the strategy and next steps were now determined, everything went much smoother and we could advance way faster than ‘normal’.


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
29/05/2014

I received a sensitive project that has been started up and put on hold for almost two years. By putting together a core team and defining a sourcing strategy, we managed to start defining content to write the RFI while conducting meetings with all stakeholders. This way, we will not only receive valuable input for our RFP but we are also preparing our stakeholders for the changes that will come to ensure a smooth transition. Although these changes will only be implemented in 6 to 8 months, it is important to direct all stakeholders in the direction we are heading in order to minimise the disruption in time and impact.


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
08/05/2014

Earlier this week there was a meeting that, because of external factors, was heading completely the wrong way. No one was listening to each other and we were not working by the strategy we defined earlier in the project.By keeping calm and using the techniques learned by my three coaches I kept my emotions out and tried to keep on thinking. By asking certain questions people started to rethink what they were discussing and we found the main problem.

Because we found the real problem we now could work together to solve this while maintaining the tight project schedule and holding on to our strategy. I was really happy that I didn't stress out and used the advice of my coaches to solve a potential big problem while being unprepared.


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
10/04/2014

Today I had my first HR session. After doing some psychology tests I was shown my MBTI-profile and the ways I communicate the most.

By doing these tests I've not only learned a lot about myself but also found out why it's easier to make a 'connection' with certain people.

After this my very professional coach learned how I can use different techniques to align all stakeholders in the right direction to achieve the best goal for my company.

Later on the day I started to realised that ...
+ Read more


Gauthier @ EDF Luminus
30/03/2014

I started working as a buyer almost two weeks ago and it's already hard to write down what I've learned so far as it's that much.

On my first day I was not only given some policies, general terms & conditions and much more but also an extensive course in the ERP-program SAP.
+ Read more


Surplusser
17/10/2013

Meer en meer word ik mij bewust van het feit dat ik de juiste vragen stel. Aan de reactie van mensen kan je zien dat je hen aan het denken of twijfelen zet dor een bepaalde vraag te stellen. Ook mensen die heel overtuigd proberen over te komen. Ik stel niet bewust moeilijke vrage maar dat gaat heel natuurlijk. Dit zal dan wel gezond verstand zijn of misschine begin ik beter body language te begrijpen:-)


Julie @ bpost
14/10/2013

Today is my last day as a surplus’er. Sometimes I wonder what I learned. It is not always easy to see how I evolved. When reading this diary I see the things I learned. One of the many things I will never forget is to give people flowers (metaphorical speaking off course)!

Tomorrow I will be facing the problems “alone” with my large backpack of tips and advice. I am curious, a bit anxious but most of all I look forward to all the challenges I will meet. I am super happy that one year ago I said “YES” to this nice opportunity.


Julie @ bpost
07/10/2013

Today I had, for the second time in my short buyer-career, a debriefing meeting with a potential-supplier about the attribution of a tender. The potential supplier didn’t get the contract.
+ Read more


Surplusser
27/09/2013

Vandaag heb ik beslist om te vertrouwen op mijn “gezond boerenverstand”.
+ Read more


Surplusser
26/09/2013

Ik ben “extraordinary”!
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
24/09/2013

The one-minute-rule!

I found it very hard to briefly explain a problem to my boss or any of my colleagues.
+ Read more


Surplusser
23/09/2013

De vraag van een consultancy leverancier om een afspraak rond wachtvergoedingen in het contract te zetten, heb ik rondgekregen. Er was geen voorbeeld uit een vroeger contract dat ik hiervoor kon gebruiken en dat vind ik altijd moeilijk. Maar het is gelukt.


Surplusser
16/09/2013

Ik heb mij zo goed als volledig aan mijn planning kunnen houden. Een aantal kleinere zaken heb ik moeten verschuiven maar die waren niet superdringend dus geen enkel probleem. Deze week ga ik dus op dezelfde manier tewerk gaan.


Julie @ bpost
29/08/2013

 

This month I noticed several times that my internal customer is telling the supplier during negotiation meetings internal business information that should stay internal.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
05/07/2013

In July, we communicated the attribution of a large tender we submitted in February. I was very excited and very curious of the feedback of the suppliers who didn’t get the contract.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
27/06/2013

 

Last week I was chocked!
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
23/04/2013

This month I learned how to say “NO”.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
25/03/2013

March was a big challenge. I had invited a supplier who is a monopolist in the market. There are not many strategies for negotiating with a monopolist without losing the good service.
+ Read more


Julie @ bpost
27/02/2013

In February, I received several Offers for a big project I am working on. I found it very hard to analyze these offers as I am not very familiar with IT-stuff. My coach helped me to walk through these offers. We came up with a scorecard that contains all the attribution criteria in detail and their scoring. For the multifunctional team and myself it was an easy tool for analyzing the offers. This tool will help me the coming month to motivate our decision for the attribution of the tender. This month I learned that I do not need to understand every word in the Offer. But the help of the internal customer and the scorecard made it easier to understand it.


Surplusser
01/02/2013

Dank u wel! Heb net weer een conference call gehad over hetzelfde als gisterenavond. Ik had alle slides al aangepast met al hun opmerkingen.

Ik ben zelf heel licht en vrolijk in het gesprek gestapt en gehouden (ik hoorde de verrassing op de achtergrond bijna) en werd met fluwelen handschoentjes behandeld. Ik word nu mee op meetings uitgenodigd over dit onderwerp waar ik gisteren het bestaan niet van kende. Ik denk dat er iets is doorgedrongen.

Boodschap is overgekomen en ik ga jouw wijze raad zeker in de volgende stappen implementeren:-)


Julie @ bpost
15/01/2013

This month I had several meetings with the internal customer of my projects. My coach learned me to use mindmaps when preparing a meeting. I noticed everyone in the meeting was listening and following the sequence of the topics I had chosen. This tool came in very handy when preparing my meetings. I felt quite confident. But that was perhaps because I was well prepared and structured :-)


Surplusser
01/01/2013

Net de meeting met de 30-jaar-ervaren CEO achter de rug.

Het was alsof je meekeek over mijn schouder. Ik heb misschien niet de oude prijs kunnen behouden maar heb toch mijn zeg gedaan (met behulp van mijn mindmap uiteraard).

Ik heb me hen (want ze waren met 2 …) uiteraard voorgesteld met “de boxershort”.

Ik wil nog eens zeggen hoe super ik het vond door je gecoached te worden !

Misschien ga ik onderhandelen toch nog leuk vinden !


Julie @ bpost
12/12/2012

Vandaag had ik coaching. Het was echt super! Deze morgen was het gesprek met LEVERANCIER over papier en karton. We hebben samen het gesprek concreet voorbereid. De coach heeft me ook uitgelegd waarom we eerst pull gaan gebruiken en nadien push en op het einde terug pull. Ik had de stapjes (wat ik moest zeggen en vragen) goed genoteerd en mocht het zelf doen. Ik was eigenlijk wel zenuwachtig want ik wou echt dat het goed ging. Ik heb ook aan mijn verantwoordelijke, P., gevraagd of hij de meeting wilde bijwonen en waarom deze meeting is. Hij was erbij. De meeting was vlot verlopen.
+ Read more


Julie @ BPost
03/12/2012

This second month working as a buyer passed quickly. I noticed I felt a bit uncertain when writing an e-mail and explaining which information I needed.

Together with my coach, I spend several hours on analyzing ways to express myself. Therefore, I took the MBTI-test and learned about the 16 different personalities. Currently, I am trying to find the personality of my colleagues and the people around me.


Julie @ BPost
01/11/2012

During the first weeks as a buyer of the coaching program SupplyPlus, I learned about the Belgian law of public procurement. 

I struggled with implementing the different types of procurement. For my first project we decided to publish the tender as an ‘openbare aanbesteding’. I also learned that our strategy could only work while having the buy-in of each stakeholder. With some guidance, I was able to convince them that, eventhough it was not the standard way of working, this is the most suitable strategy for the project. While anxiously waiting for the offers to arrive, I am working on other projects. I can indulge myself with Excel by making several fill-in files for quotations and set up RFP-documents for other projects.