About the client
DVLA employs approximately 6,500 the majority of whom are working on Driver and Vehicle Licensing and based on the main Swansea campus
The role of Central Procurement Group [CPG] within the DVLA is to oversee the way in which it purchases goods and services, manages supplier performance and services and drive improvements in supplier quality, capability and innovation.
CPG ensures that value for money is secured at all times and plays a significant role in contributing to the achievement of the DVLA’s strategic objectives.
Background to the process
CPG was established as a central function in November 2006 to strategically manage the DVLA’s procurement activity in supporting the corporate aims and objectives.
It was agreed at Executive Board level that key posts within CPG should be professionally qualified and MCIPS was the chosen qualification.
How did CIPS help?
Adopting the Corporate Award route allowed DVLA to train significant numbers within a relatively short timescale and in a cost effective way.
Working with CIPS and having their knowledge and expertise to construct the training in a way that was most suited for the organisation’s specific needs was essential.
There is an obvious improvement in the knowledge base of those participating and their understanding of procurement, the procurement process and contract law.
They now possess a greater ability to deal with their peers, both within other government departments and from the private sector, on a level playing field of professionalism.
Being accepted by their peers for their knowledge and professionalism allows the members of CPG to foster good supplier relationships, secure savings, efficiencies and value for money at all times.
They are also more able to identify and mitigate risk, as well as exploring innovation, both of which also benefit the DVLA