21 September 2000
Web-based activities and e-procurement initiatives are a priority for the Joint Procurement Policy and Strategy Group (JPPSG), and a full-time e-procurement professional will be hired soon.
"The most effective use of resources would be to facilitate and co-ordinate the development of web-based initiatives and related services," said Sir Graeme Davies, head of the JPPSG. "But it is certainly not going to be easy recruiting one."
The appointment is part of the increased facilitiating role that the JPPSG expects to play in moving higher education institutions towards more sector-wide co-operation.
"It's important for someone to co-ordinate e-procurement initiatives," said David Mackay, purchasing officer at the University of Wales College of Medicine, and chairman of the JPPSG's e-procurement group.
The group will send out a survey this autumn to university procurement staff to establish the main e-procurement issues. A full report is due in December.