24 May 2007
One of the UK's top 50 law firms has recruited its first procurement manager.
Burges Salmon, which has over 600 staff and partners, had previously relied on its finance department and line managers to conduct procurement.
Simon Russell, finance director, told SM
: "We have recognised for a while that there are a range of professional procurement skills that we don't have but should be utilising. The firm's growth has made it possible to justify this position."
The firm, ranked 39th in the Chambers FTSE 100 Client Report
, is growing by 10 per cent each year. Russell says there are enough variable spend and project-related issues to warrant a full-time procurement specialist. A CIPS member has been recruited to fill the vacancy and is due to join the firm next month.
In three years, the Bristol-based firm will move to new £100-million headquarters in the city. Russell said the procurement manager will have responsibility for negotiating the fit-out, a perfect example of the type of larger initiatives with which he will be engaged.