04 November 2004 | Liam O'Brien
A new procurement director on a salary of £150,000 is set to be ap-pointed to the £10 billion London Crossrail project soon.
The appointee will lead a strengthened purchasing department and will handle the £10 billion budget, to be spent between now and the scheduled completion date of 2012.
According to the job profile, seen by SM, the procurement director will report directly to Norman Haste, chief executive of Crossrail, and be a key member of the executive board.
The initial focus of the new procurement director will be to develop strategy, performance standards and reporting mechanisms. They will also lead tendering activity and negotiate bid closures with key suppliers.
A bill is to be presented to Parliament in the spring giving the go-ahead to the project with a programme of advance works set to start by mid-2005.
Full construction of the railway will begin in 2007.