Essex County Council reshapes procurement team

Gurjit Degun
9 January 2014

Essex County Council is set to reshape its procurement team as part of the local authority's plans to save at least £235 million per year by 2016/2017. 

The local authority is in the process of recruiting a number of supply chain managers, contract managers and category managers. Councillor Derrick Louis, cabinet member for transformation and corporate services told SM that precise numbers are yet to be finalised.

He said: “The gap between our available budget, increasing inflation and growing demand for our services is forecast to be at least £235 million per year by 2016/2017 and with this need for more savings we needed a different kind of change; one that alters how the entire organisation operates. We are now embarking on a three-year programme of change to implement our new operating model.”

He explained that the council is to become more “commissioning-led”, which means that it will “work closer with partners, spend more time understanding needs and explore a broader range of options to improve outcomes”.

“This will mean commissioners are agnostic about whether services are provided internally or by a different vehicle and much more evidence-based in their assessment of suppliers’ ability to deliver outcomes,” he said.

Louis added: “Our recent reorganisation has centralised all supply chain and contract management. SRM techniques will be used for our top-tier suppliers.”

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