03 August 2009 | Paul Snell
CIPS and the OGC have signed a memorandum of understanding, cementing their ongoing relationship to work more closely together to develop the profile of purchasing within government.
The aim of the agreement is to raise the profile of the profession, improve the skills of those working as procurement professionals and promote professional standards and capability. Part of this will be to convince staff who carry out purchasing activity such as contract management to become part of the profession. The OGC group represents public sector buyers.
"The definition of procurement is only recently formed within government, so there are swathes of professional people dealing with contract management that have not been explicitly seen as part of it. So there is a tremendous opportunity," said OGC chief executive Nigel Smith.
With 54,000 members worldwide, the CEO of CIPS, David Noble, said: "One of the strengths that CIPS has is to bring the best of procurement and supply practice across all sectors. We are delighted with this deal."
"This is part of our development of the profession; saying CIPS is absolutely critical to building the capability in government that we want," added Smith.