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17 March 2011 | Lindsay Clark
Interviews for the highest profile job in UK public sector
procurement are set to take place today.
John Collington, currently head of procurement for the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and ReformGroup (ERG), told SM that he was today
scheduled to be interviewed for the position of ERG chief procurement officer.
Speaking following his presentation at the Public Sector Efficiency Expo 2011
in London yesterday, Collington said: “My pitch will be what I’ve been doing in
the role for the past number of months. It will be: ‘We’re going to improve our
people, we’re going to improve our processes and we’ve got to be more
accountable for the results that we deliver.’”
Collington said his current role would effectively disappear
after it has been merged with the job of chief executive at Buying Solutions,
the UK government’s purchasing agency. He said two other candidates were in
line to be interviewed for the ERG job, but did not know who they were, and the
appointment is likely to be made near the beginning of next week.
Last month the Cabinet Office confirmed an internal search
for a candidate to fill the expanded CPO position was under way.
David Shields, Buying Solutions’ procurement delivery
director, has been temporarily in charge of day-to-day operations at the agency
since the departure of chief executive Alison Littley in February.
Collington, former Home Office commercial director, took up
the role of ERG head of procurement last September. Appointing him to the new
CPO role would be an endorsement of the work he has done consolidating category
management across Whitehall departments.