27 April 2009
Surrey County Council (SCC) plans to make £5 million of procurement savings this year.
The local authority aims to standardise purchasing processes and strengthen its category management capabilities as part of the next phase of a procurement overhaul started two years ago (News, 1 February 2007).
Its procurement team controls an annual spend of more than £550 million.
It is now recruiting 10 category management specialists to develop project management skills.
It will introduce an e-procurement system to simplify everyday purchases and enable the team to build partnerships with new vendors.
Julie Fisher, head of procurement at SCC, told SM that continued improvement will become "more important than ever" after this month's Budget set out a £15 billion savings target for the public sector.