All answers/responses are to be made as business correspondence, such as letter, report or email, as appropriate, addresses and salutations are not required. In the following scenario you are working as an advisor and/or manager reporting to a” line manager” who reports to a partner/director. All responses should reflect your role within this management structure. I will be looking for recognition and application of “Best Practice” applied within the constraints of the English legal system. Specific cross-referencing of books/sources within the text of each response/answer is not required over and above the provision of normal business correspondence background information. As an open book examination, you are to provide a bibliography of all books and sources you have chosen to use on a separate sheet at the end of your answer booklet Details of any assumptions made must be listed at the end of each question together with the rationale for making these assumptions.
Assumptions made to avoid issued that need to be addressed in any given scenario are to be avoided as these assumptions may adversely affect marking. Assumptions made that are contrary to the background information provided will not be accepted and will adversely affect marking. Answers should be set out in a manner to demonstrate comprehension of the subject matter and an ability to apply the good working practice to situations that may be less than perfect, I am looking for “real world” solutions/advice.
You are working for firm of Chartered Surveyors. Your department specialises in providing construction and procurement advice to a number of commercial organisations. As part of a team you have been providing procurement advice to two business clients, one is an owner occupier electronic components manufacturer and the other an experienced property developer. The firm has worked with both firms on a number of occasions and are aware of each clients’ approach to programme, cost, quality, risk and the like. Your manager is on annual leave.
You receive the following e-mail from one of the firm’s directors. “Martin, When driving through the local Industrial Estate I was concerned to see that we seem to be sending different signals to the industry as we have two projects for basically the same advanced factory unit being procured and delivered in completely different ways. Why on earth have we got one D&B job roaring away on site and sad looking” coming soon” sign board for a Trad-Build factory for Talis? I hope you have a good reason for this as I am meeting Talis about their new chip factory later on this week! Regards Adrian”
In the absence of your manager respond to the e-mail providing the appropriate information and rationale for the alternative procurement routes being adopted.