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Thinkers360 - Peter Smith
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Peter Smith

London, United Kingdom

Peter Smith MA(Cantab) FCIPS FRSA DMS

Peter gained an MA in Mathematics and Management Sciences at Cambridge University, then joined the Mars Group and held a number of procurement roles there before becoming Procurement Director (CPO) successively for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security, and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organizations and a growing private firm. He worked as a consultant for some years, advising major government and private sector organisations, then from 2010 -18 was Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/Europe, read daily by thousands of procurement professionals.

His first co-authored book, “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in June 2010; his second book, A Procurement Compendium, was published in September 2019. "Bad Buying - how organisation waste billions through failure, fraud and f*ck-ups" was published by Penguin Business in late 2020. "Procurement with purpose - How organisations can change the way they spend money NOW to protect the planet and its people" was published in October 2022.

Available For: Authoring, Speaking
Travels From: London, England
Speaking Topics: Procurement, Supply chain, Sustainability

Peter Smith Points
Academic 0
Author 241
Influencer 14
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 0
Total 255

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

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Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Areas of Expertise

Procurement 41.04
Supply Chain 38.75
Sustainability 40.47
Risk Management 37.11

Industry Experience

Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Professional Services


1 Article/Blog
Procurement with Purpose
February 06, 2023
I write a weekly article on sustainable procurement and related issues which is published on the Procurement with Purpose website.

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain, Sustainability

4 Books
Procurement wth Purpose - How organisations can change the way they spend money NOW to protect the planet & its people
Brown Dog Books
November 08, 2021
This book looks at how organisations can influence, persuade and collaborate with their suppliers to drive wider benefit and value in environmental, social and economic areas, from climate change to equality and diversity. It is the first book of its type to be published.

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Tags: Procurement, Supply Chain, Sustainability

Bad Buying - how organisations waste billions through failure, fraud and f*ck-ups
Penguin Business
October 05, 2020
Bad Buying was the first book about procurement ever published by Penguin Books. It is an entertaining and informative look at the disasters that befall firms and government bodies when they get procurement wrong. As well as many amazing case studies, it provides great advice on how to avoid Bad buying with clear recommendations and insight.

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Tags: Procurement, Risk Management, Supply Chain

A Procurement Compendium
Brown Dog books
September 11, 2020
The Procurement Compendium is a collection of short articles relating to procurement and supply chain management, first published online via Spend Matters and Public Spend Forum websites. They aim to inform, provoke, occasionally educate and sometimes even amuse. Although procurement is the broad theme, topics range from Machiavelli's thinking on change management to "licensing the procurement profession" the James Bond way; from the reasons for David Cameron's EU negotiation failure to why technology should revolutionise category management; and from consultants over-charging to advice on speaking at conferences.

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

Buying Professional Services
Profile Books
June 14, 2010
How to get value for money from consultants and other professional servcies providers

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Tags: Supply Chain, Procurement

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