24 August 2009
The RSPCA's new procurement department is targeting savings of £11.4 million by 2012 to offset the effects of the recession.
The team - which has been established and assembled in the past 11 months -aims to deliver savings for the animal charity through more competitive tendering, better supplier relationships and purchasing technology.
Vickie Malyon, who was appointed head of purchasing in December last year, told SM: "The current economic climate has reduced the value of investments. At the same time, we see an increase in animals abandoned, unwanted or owners simply unable to afford their animals.
"The procurement team and the delivery of cost savings is seen as a critical element to secure our future financially through controlling spend rather than being wholly reliant on donated funds."
Malyon has appointed three category managers to oversee spend on operations, professional services and marketing.
The RSPCA has also invested in a purchase-to-pay system, to be launched at the beginning of next year. The system is projected to help save £5 million between 2010 and 2012, while also helping to source and monitor vendors more effectively.