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The European e-Competence Framework



The e-Competence Framework, is a tool to describe the skills of professionals in ICT-related roles.The e-CF is a reference for job and role descriptions, skill development, training and education.The framework has been developed by a large number of European ICT and  HR experts in the context of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills.The European e-Competence Framework is structured from four dimensions. These dimensions reflect different levels of business and human resource planning requirements in addition to job/ work proficiency guidelines.


The four dimensions of the e-CF are specified as follows:

The 40 e-competencies of the e-CF

Click on the competency code in the list for the full description.

Dimension 1
e-competence area
Dimension 2
e-Competence: Title + generic description
D.4 Purchasing
Applies a consistent procurement procedure, including deployment of the following sub processes: specification requirements, supplier identification, proposal analysis, evaluation of the energy efficiency and environmental compliance of products, suppliers and their processes, contract negotiation, supplier selection and contract placement. Ensures that the entire purchasing process is fit for purpose and adds business value to the organisation.
Dimension 3
e-Competence proficiency levels (on e-CF levels e-1 to e-5, related to EQF levels 3 to 8
Level 2
Understands and applies the principles of the procurement process; places orders based on existing supplier contracts. Ensures the correct execution of orders, including validation of deliverables and correlation with subsequent payments.

Level 3
Exploits specialist knowledge to deploy the purchasing process, ensuring positive commercial relationships with suppliers. Selects suppliers, products and services by evaluating performance, cost, timeliness and quality. Decides contract placement and complies with organisational policies.

Level 4
Provides leadership for the application of the organisations procurement policies and makes recommendations for process enhancement. Applies experience and procurement practice expertise to make ultimate purchasing decisions.

Dimension 4
Knowledge examples Knows/ Aware of/ Familiar with:
- K1 typical purchase contract terms and conditions
- K2 own organisation purchasing policies
- K3 financial models e.g. discount structures
- K4 the current market for relevant products or services
- K5 the issues and implications of outsourcing services
Skills examples Able to:
- S1 interpret product/ service specifications
- S2 negotiate terms, conditions and pricing
- S3 analyse received proposals/ offers
- S4 manage the purchasing budget
- S5 lead purchase process improvement
- S6 analyse the energy efficiency and environmental-related aspects of a proposal

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