Home Office


As a main central Department of the British Government, the Home Office is responsible for implementing Government policy on terror, crime, policing, anti-social behaviour, borders control, identity and citizenship.

Procurement is a key corporate service, supporting Home Office aims and objectives while delivering value for money in line with Government purchasing policy. Improving commercial and procurement capability was driven by the Home Office Transformation Strategy, based on recognition that this key support function was also in need of transformation.

In December 2007 CIPS awarded Certification to the Home Office after assessing that its procurement policies and procedures were fully compliant with the Institute’s international standard of excellence. “I am absolutely delighted to have the evidence that the Home Office is up with the best. But I have learnt that in addition to procurement and commercial practices delivering best value, they can also help to solve wider departmental problems.” Sir David Normington, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.

    Procurement’s profile in the organisation

    Procurement is committed to maximising value for money for the Home Office through a high performing central and business specific capability delivering commercial success and measured collaboration. The Home Office spends around £2 billion per annum on goods and services, with Procurement influencing approximately £15 billion of multi-year contracts and major programmes that are currently underway. There are 60 central procurement professionals, 65% of whom are CIPS, with another 180 procurement professionals working in devolved areas. The Commercial and Procurement function has fully embraced the use of Technology across the Department, including ‘e-Procurement to Pay’ (Oracle) and ‘e-Sourcing’ (Emptoris).

    Procurement’s challenges

    The main challenges that Procurement faced in 2007 included embedding the new organisational and operating model, improving management information and management of suppliers delivered consistently and delivering collaboratively across the Home Office group.

    Why choose CIPS Certification?

    The Home Office believes CIPS Certification is particularly important for the endorsement it gives to the quality of procurement policies and procedures against an externally recognised benchmark.

    The CIPS 10-step Certification process was also chosen to provide impetus to the Commercial and Procurement Transformation Strategy, introduced to ensure commercial capability is organised effectively to support delivery and high performance across the Home Office. The success of the Home Office in achieving CIPS Certification demonstrates that the organisation is progressive and embraces continual improvement.

    Contribution to business improvement

    The Home Office has made a significant number of changes to its procurement policies and procedures as a result of the CIPS Certification process to help ensure procurement plays a key role in helping the Home Office achieve its Comprehensive Spending Review targets. The assessment, gap analysis and gap closure integral to the CIPS Certification programme helps the team to reduce the cost of procurement input through elimination of duplication, and outsourcing of non-strategic categories. All Procurement activity is now fully controlled by Procurement professionals; more strategically focused; and delivering value for money and risk mitigation consistently across the Group.

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