Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Questions answered

Here are answers to questions that you may be asking yourself.

Q “There were aspects covered in the assessments that I do not perform in my role, and could therefore be seen as ‘irrelevant’ to me. What will happen in this case?

Be at ease if you found some of the questions irrelevant for your particular role as they are not intended to be role specific. Group results matter the most. The key for the leadership team will be to look across all assessment results, in aggregate, to build a complete picture of capability across the group. Individual results will be mapped back to be role specific in accordance with our newly developed Competency Framework.

Q “The assessment talks about procurement concepts in different terms than I am used to. Does this mean its relevant to my experience and how we operate in Owens Illinois?”

Yes! Many organisations have similar processes, roles and responsibilities but name them differently. Whilst the terminology may differ, the outcomes for most procurement functions are extraordinarily similar.

Q “My role primarily covers Contract Management tasks. Why was I given procurement assessments?”

Many questions featured throughout the assessments covered off the competencies required to successfully manage the pre-award, contract implementation and post award contract management process. They work together to evaluate either procurement or contract management skills, knowledge and behaviours across these disciplines and have relevance for contract management capability.

Q “I have already done my procurement qualifications, so why do I need to do this?”

Procurement qualifications no doubt provide a fantastic knowledge base for procurement. Of course, there is more to procurement excellence then just ‘knowing’ good practice and that is where this program comes in. These assessments are about contextualizing knowledge giving you the opportunity to build upon the academic approach in a practical way that suits our environment.

Q “You say that group results matter the most, why?”

As a commercial function serving the needs of Owens Illinois, it is necessary for us to analyse our capability and benchmark ourselves as a group, against a defined standard created by industry experts and against other like-for-like organisations so that we can determine, prioritise and focus our development efforts.

Q “I was unable to complete my knowledge evaluation in the allocated time, what should I do?”

The Knowledge Evaluation closes at the 60 minute mark and it is crucial to keep working through the evaluation at a pace to successfully complete the assessment. Aim to complete each page in 5-6 minutes. If you are unsuccessful in completing the assessment in time, please contact the project owner.