Top job at Buying Solutions to be merged into new CPO role

23 February 2011
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23 February 2011 | Angeline Albert

The role of chief executive at BuyingSolutions, the UK government’s purchasing agency, is to be incorporated into a new chief procurement officer post at the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG), SM has learnt.

The Cabinet Office confirmed an internal search for a candidate to fill the expanded position is under way. “I can confirm that the Cabinet Office is currently looking to recruit a chief procurement officer. This new post combines the head of procurement role and the chief executive role at Buying Solutions to form a single position,” said a spokesman.

Former Home Office commercial director John Collington took up the role of ERG head of procurement last September. The Cabinet Office would not confirm whether Collington had been approached about taking the new post, and he could not be reached for comment.

David Shields, Buying Solutions’ procurement delivery director, is temporarily in charge of day-to-day operations at the agency since the departure of former chief executive Alison Littley earlier this month. Shields currently reports to Collington.

The Cabinet Office is currently reviewing the future of Buying Solutions, with a report to ministers expected in March. As SM previously reported, it is likely to be a smaller organisation, with a primary focus on central government procurement.

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