11 June 2008 | Jake Kanter
The chief executive of the OGC has committed to ensuring officials in central government understand the value of procurement.
Nigel Smith told delegates at this year's Procurement Solutions event in London yesterday: "My primary role is to get procurement on to the top table. It should be at the heart of government and delivery, and at the heart of efficiency".
Smith urged public sector buyers to wear "two hats" - as taxpayers and as members of the profession. This will help them to drive results and secure recognition. He argued purchasing impacts on social and environmental conditions and makes a real difference to people's lives.
Smith believes procurement has a big role to play in ensuring the government hits the £30 billion savings target set out in the comprehensive spending review. "If procurement doesn't pick up the challenge, the government won't deliver," he said.
The OGC chief also commended the work buyers are doing for London 2012, which he believes highlights the profession's importance to the public sector in delivering results.