04 November 2004
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has appointed a procurement and project manager to help co-ordinate its purchasing and drive efficiencies.
Mark Walsh takes charge of a £16 million budget in the newly created role.
His first major responsibility will be to deliver and implement an action plan following an internal best-value review of all the council's procurement operations.
"Purchasing is fragmented across departments, so we are trying to co-ordinate that and bring consistency to the function," said Walsh.
Among the quick wins that he hopes to deliver by March are benchmarking current practices and identifying a "procurement champion" among the elected councillors to help to raise the function's profile.
Walsh's longer-term goals are likely to include the co-ordination of suppliers, increasing purchasing card and e-procurement usage, and introducing more formal training for procurement staff.
He will also drive the implementation of government initiatives and strategic measures.
The project management side of his role will involve overseeing a council project to redevelop the town centre.
Walsh's appointment at St Edmundsbury Borough Council comes after his experience in buying and programme management roles at Lamb Technicon UK, which supplies special purpose machine tools to the automotive industry.