A desire to “raise the bar” in procurement in order to benchmark itself against other sectors was behind the University of Glasgow’s decision to apply for CIPS Corporate Certification.
The university, which has been awarded CIPS Corporate Certification – Standard, stated that, alongside the UK public sector’s measure, the Procurement Capability Assessment, it wanted to benchmark its procurement performance against world-class standards for other industries.
Josephine Gallagher, head of procurement at the university, said that demonstrating the value of procurement’s brand and professionalism are key objectives for her department, and certification will help the function demonstrate how it contributes to the university’s vision to maximise opportunities for academic success.
Certification has enabled “robust policy and procedures and improved governance and raised the profile of procurement as a value contributor to the university, academics, researchers and students,” she added. “We are delighted to achieve this standard.”
The university plans to apply for CIPS Corporate Certification Advanced Standard – Gold Award in 2017 and 2018.