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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.

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