Charity aims for new mindset to ‘buy better and spend smarter’

Gurjit Degun
21 May 2014

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21 May 2014 | Gurjit Degun

Health and social care charity Turning Point is looking to “buy better and spend smarter” by changing mindsets on buying.

In an interview with SM, the organisation’s chief financial officer Nick Swarbrick said that the procurement team has moved towards a “real business partnering function”.

Swarbrick explained that the charity is using new e-sourcing platform, Wax Digital's web3 Source-to-Pay, to help it understand spend visibility and allow greater control over expenditure.

“We want increased functionality and usability for the users of the system but we also want to make sure we drive that value for money, get economies for scale, and use the right suppliers, so it is a careful balancing act,” he said.

“We’re trying to get people to understand that the headline price of things is not necessarily the best route to go. We’re not trying to cut costs, we’re trying to manage costs.”

Turning Point’s procurement and facilities manager Jason Drury said that the new system will allow the team to spend more time on other areas “where we can bring benefits to the organisation”.

Swarbrick added: “One of the things we have really pushed is changing the mindset in the procurement team to a real business partnering function. I think this system change is another element of that. But the thing for us is that this is not an implementation of a new system, it’s actually changing the mindset in the business on where we spend money and that is where we are going to be facing our real challenge.”

Daniel Ball, business development director at Wax Digital, said: “Once the full roll out is complete, [Turning Point] will have a far greater control on spend, improved supplier management processes in place and receive best value from its suppliers at all times.”

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