Advanced Professional Diploma in
Contract Management for PPP/PFI
Enhance your ability to negotiate the right contract for you and your clients, delivering first-class customer service and maximising efficiency in the workplace.
About the Contract Management for PPP/PFI Postgraduate course
Aimed at those working with Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), this course will give you the expertise to negotiate, manage and deliver framework agreements and term contracts while upholding the highest levels of customer service.
Many public services are now outsourced and there is growing support from the Local Government Association to improve the contract management skills of those working in local authorities. You will focus on examples from your own workplace and analyse case studies to sharpen your ability to lead on new contract negotiations and manage relationships.
We will develop your legal knowledge and help you make improvements to existing contracts, encouraging you to seek innovative ways of working. You will explore different strategies for resolving client-contractor and supplier conflict so that existing contracts can be successfully renegotiated.
Whether you are a public sector professional or a supplier of services, working collaboratively with your tutors and fellow students will allow you to learn from the experiences of others. You will examine different problem-solving and communication strategies which you can then apply in your own workplace.
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MODULES & LEARNING
Gain an understanding of the core principles in a contract and how to administer contracts. You will examine contract theory, principles and clauses, legal requirements for contract administration and financial control.
Discover ways to evaluate, design and implement systems to measure and monitor the service provision provided by your contracts from both the service provision and supplier perspective.
We have fantastic links with the public sector and their suppliers and regularly invite guest speakers from industry to share their experiences. Previous visitors have included employees of the Office of Government Commerce, who support procurement and acquisition in the public sector, and Morgan Sindall, a leading UK construction group. This industry input keeps your teaching current and makes sure your knowledge is always up to date.
Taught at weekends to fit around your work commitments, you will also be offered tips on writing academic essays and examine previous assignments to get a clear picture of what is expected from you.
John Heathcote John HeathcoteSenior Lecturer
There is a reciprocal learning environment between the students and myself. My students have exposed me to problems they are having in the workplace and using my experience we’ve worked together to propose a solution.John is an expert in European project and contract management. From utility engineering capital projects, to supply chain management specialising in partnership framework contracts, he has more than 20 years' experience in industry. John is also the current chair of the Association for Project Management’s Value Management Specific Interest Group.
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