The year ahead: what you want to see

2 January 2003
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02 January 2003

Richard Anstis Senior lecturer in procurement, Centre for Management and Policy Studies "I wish for continued development of business acumen and commercial skills across the public sector, where purchasing is increasingly seen as a key mechanism to deliver public services. Skills such as project management, financial and legal knowledge - particularly with reference to public-private partnerships - are needed."

Simon Greene Purchasing and payment manager, Manchester Airport

"I'd like to see a move towards some sort of standard e-procurement software. Not many systems can be interchanged after you've adopted them. More of the major providers may drop out this year, allowing co-operation on this from the remaining companies, or we may see one supplier dominate."

Richard Insull Commercial manager responsible for sales, heavy vehicle window maker Widney UK

"I'd like to see closer co-operation between purchasers and sales and marketing, because procurement can make our products more cost-effective and more competitive, especially in the export market. This is increasingly important as manufacturers source more parts abroad."

Deanna Barnett Group purchasing manager, food and distribution company Baker Group

"I would like to see purchasers get more involved in the conception stage of project and product development. We have a commercial view of what can and can't be done and this balances the creativeness of designers and marketing people."

Jane Passingham Principal consultant, recruitment consultancy TMP Worldwide

"There has been a lot of pressure on purchasers to save money at the expense of progressing with major projects such as e-procurement. Many firms have been in a difficult financial period and I look forward to companies spending more on such exciting projects. It will allow purchasers to get more involved in strategic work."

Darren Smith Divisional purchasing manager, printing services company De La Rue

"I'd like to see more purchasers get the managing director's job, whereas mostly sales and financial people get there at the moment. It will help to raise the profile of purchasing, because we have a lot to add to the change management that many companies are going through."

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