By John Ausink, Laura H. Baldwin, Christopher Paul

To help the Air strength within the technique of considerably altering how it purchases items and providers, this monograph reports similar commerical zone framework of metrics to trace development and refine procurement crew improvement efforts through the years.

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24 Air Force Procurement Workforce Transformation Examples from the Literature SmithKline Beecham Finn (2000) describes SmithKline Beecham’s (now GlaxoSmithKline) innovative purchasing learning and development program. SmithKline Beecham was motivated to transform its purchasing workforce when the company realized that purchasing played a key role in its organization and there was a need to develop staff skills to support that role. In considering how to accomplish that goal, SmithKline Beecham recognized that in-house training was necessary because it was hard to hire fully trained procurement personnel.

We recommend that the Air Force further refine the list of skills required for commodity council members, found in Appendix B, based on the experiences of its Information Technology Commodity Council, once the council has more experience developing new sourcing strategies. Then a detailed evaluation of the goals and content of the new DAU and AFIT curricula will be required to identify any new types of training needed to build those skills. The AFIT graduate program looks extremely promising; however, participation in the 18-month program is currently limited to about seven contracting officers per year, based on past and current demand for this level of expertise.

Additionally, we reviewed curricula and had discussions with personnel from the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) to learn about the training currently available to Air Force personnel and plans to revise these curricula. Preview of Findings Our review of commercial sector commodity council activities and skills indicated that commodity council membership requires a wide range of skills, including use of computers, teaming/interpersonal skills, business skills such as creative problem solving, core purchasing and supply management skills such as cost analysis, analytical and technical skills such as statistical analysis, and contracting skills.

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