13 November 2009
Aid financing group the Global Fund is building a new procurement team as part of efforts to improve stakeholder relations and speed up donations.
The Swiss-based organisation, which awards grants to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 140 countries, is recruiting six buyers to bolster its purchasing team to 12 and transform it from a transactional function.
Recently appointed director of corporate procurement Will Ashby told SM: "There was a recognition at a high level that procurement could add value by helping to manage suppliers better, but also to get a balance between cost, quality and service."
Ashby is putting together a procurement plan for the next two years, which will be grounded on strong internal relations. It will also improve supplier negotiations and the issuing of contracts, as well as introducing better vendor relationship management.
* For more details, see the 19 November issue of Supply Management