Achieving CIPS Corporate Certification – Platinum is recognition that Scottish Water’s procurement and supply chain (PSC) function has world-class standards of leadership, policies, processes and performance measurement and management.
The statutory public corporation in Scotland, which provides clean, safe and high-quality drinking water to 2.4 million households and 124,000 businesses across Scotland, has reached its “natural aspiration” to progress from achieving CIPS Corporate Certification – Gold in 2012.
Certification has also increased internal and external trust in the high-profile function and contributed to employee development.
As a public utility the PSC’s activities are regulated largely through legislation and need to comply with EU procurement legislation within the utilities directive. The team’s responsibilities include designing and procuring sustainable and flexible supply chains, creating value and strategic influence within the organisation and promoting stakeholder engagement between Scottish Water purchasers and suppliers.
“The review and validation of our processes, methods and approach has enabled us to improve where required, and obtain a holistic picture of where we are in relation to world- class procurement practice,” said Joe Rowan, general manager, procurement & supply chain.
“I’m proud that the Scottish Water procurement and supply chain team have been recognised at platinum standard, providing the platform for it to play a key role in the business and supporting our vision of being ‘trusted to care for the water on which Scotland depends’.”