A step by step approach to successful negotiations tailored to the needs of purchasing professionals.
Highly effective negotiation skills are an essential element of a purchasing professional's toolkit. Negotiation for Purchasing Professionals provides a step-by-step approach to delivering winning negotiations and getting game changing results. It provides purchasers with the necessary tools and tactics for a detailed, planned approach to negotiation.
Jonathan O'Brien shifts the emphasis away from relying mostly upon personality to a more structured approach that enables anyone to negotiate effectively, even when up against a formidable opponent. This approach allows the purchasing professional or the buying team to evaluate the supplier in advance, assess the sales team, and tailor their negotiation strategy depending on cultural differences, personality traits and game theory. Negotiation for Purchasing Professionals provides a strong framework for discussion in advance of the meeting, allowing the negotiator to plan their agenda, objectives and tactics. The book is based upon Red Sheet Methodology, a proven and collaborative technique used by many companies globally.
If you are in a buying role, this book will increase your confidence and transform your ability to secure winning outcomes and better business results.
Negotiation for Purchasing Professionals was short listed for the ACA-Bruel Prize and was Specially Commended at the Gala Dinner 2013 organised by the Association of Purchasing and Supply Chain (CESA) of HEC School of Management in Paris.
Negotiation for Purchasing Professionals is the perfect companion to Jonathan O'Brien's other books Category Management in Purchasing and Supplier Relationship Management. Used together, they provide a complete and powerful strategic purchasing toolkit.
I suspect it will become a classic of our profession for many years to come.
Peter Smith, Spend Matters UK/Europe
Highly effective negotiation skills are an essential element of a purchasing professional's toolkit. The book provides a novel, detailed and comprehensive approach to the art of negotiation in a practical, easy-to-digest format.
Gerry Tominey, CPO, Associated British Foods
A great source for the strategic sourcing professional in understanding and developing the skill of negotiation. With a comprehensive planning approach and a wealth of tactics, it can help transform even the most inexperienced of individuals into highly effective negotiators and ensure money doesn't get left on the table.
Bryan Fuller, Vice President Sourcing & Supplier Management, MasterCard Worldwide
This book is groundbreaking. Jonathan O'Brien is one of the world's experts in purchasing and negotiation strategy and this book presents vital information for purchasing professional's and other negotiators. The vital subjects of planning, communicating verbally and non-verbally, dealing with tactics and understanding those with whom we negotiate are covered in detail.
Professor John Potter, CEO, John Potter Global, Chartered Psychologist and Hostage Negotiator
If you are in a buying role, Jonathan's advice will increase your confidence and transform your ability to secure winning outcomes for business results as it has for us, even when up against a formidable opponent.
Joe Dudas, Vice Chair Category Management, Mayo Clinic
Jonathan O'Brien is the CEO of Positive Purchasing Ltd, the international purchasing consultancy and training provider. With over 20 years' experience working in purchasing, he has worked all over the world to help global organizations increase their purchasing capability through training, education and working directly with practitioners and executive teams to drive in the adoption of category management and other strategic purchasing methodologies. He is the author of Category Management in Purchasing and Supplier Relationship Management.