27 April 2009
With only three years to go before the London 2012 Games, Olympic Delivery Authority procurement had already completed about 85 per cent of its work.
Head of procurement Morag Stuart told the annual CIPS Construction Procurement Group conference in London last week it was vital the Olympics purchasing strategy was planned thoroughly to ensure an effective performance from the supply chain.
It was essential that preparations were completed on time, within budget and to the right quality. The ODA must also hit targets on sustainability and health and safety, she said.
Stuart explained that detailed planning and public consultation enabled the ODA to select the right suppliers, draw up contracts reflecting its objectives and manage the contracts carefully.
"Had we not started with the vision of what we wanted to achieve with respect to these initiatives, then we would never have been able to reach them successfully," she said.
"To drive performance you have to do it at the beginning, plan it in and be consistent."
She advised buyers to use market engagement and seek advice from suppliers and industry bodies when putting together a procurement policy.
Stuart also revealed that the ODA produced 23 drafts of its procurement policy before settling on a final version. The purchasing plans for the 2012 Games were rewritten so many times because of the huge scale and importance of the event, she said.
The plans also went out for public consultation, attracting responses from a number of organisations including CIPS and the Greater London Authority.